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So Little Time Hardcover – June, 1943

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 595 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown; 1st edition (June 1943)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9997501470
  • ISBN-13: 978-9997501479
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,699,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mchenryed on November 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of Jeffrey Wilson, a success writer, who's job is to fix plays that have potential but are lacking something. Jeffrey Wilson lives in New York with his wife and children. However, at the brink of the story, World War II has broken out and there is much debate and anxiety as to whether the United States will enter the war.
The story is actually a series of events as Jeffrey and the nation change their attitudes about their involvement with the war. Jeffrey also deals with his stale marriage and his relationship with his eldest son, Jim, who inevitably will be on the front lines if the United States enters the war. Jeffrey recalls his World War I days and how that changed him and fears what another world war will do to his son. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jeffrey realizes that time is short and he encourages his son to get the most out of life now, as there may be no tomorrow.
This book was a little bit dry. There really wasn't much tension and Jeffrey wasn't all that interesting. Marquand, however, captures the era between World War I and II and writes about it so that there is a tremendous amount of social history contained in this long book. All in all, though, I was glad to put it down and the ending didn't have the impact I would've hoped. If you are interested in learning about the early 40's and the United States' feelings towards the war in Europe, this book is outstanding, otherwise the book is fairly dull.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jsa on August 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
John Marquand's novels were big sellers in their time, and while they are as relevant and readable today as when they first appeared, they have fallen into a state of nearly complete neglect (only "The Late George Apley," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, and "Wickford Point" are still in print). Over the last few years, at least two prominent literary critics have written pieces hoping to spark interest in Marquand's work. Jonathan Yardley began a 2003 write-up on Marquand in The Washington Post by saying that "It is just about impossible for me to imagine beginning this series of essays about books of yesterday - books I remember with affection and admiration, but have not read in many years, books I would like to encourage others to discover - with anything except a novel by John Phillips Marquand. His are not the best books I have ever read, but they are among the books I love most, and the neglect into which they have fallen is a literary outrage." A year later Martha Spaulding, in an essay that appeared in "The Atlantic," wrote "To some, Marquand's books may seem period pieces, his sentences old-fashioned and formal, his stories' frameworks too similar. Nevertheless, he reaches out from recent history with an intensity of feeling, a beguiling humor, and a magical facility with the sounds and rhythms of language that can lift readers up and carry them away."

I read the bulk of Marquand's mainstream novels about twenty years ago and enjoyed them so much that I'm reading them again. I decided to start with "So Little Time" and plan to work backwards to "The Late George Apley" and "Wickford Point" and continue on from there. Like Jonathan Yardley, I'm amazed that someone of Marquand's stature, whose work is so substantial and readable, could be practically invisible today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is so well written I wish it could go on forever.

The story is simple, a man looking into the looming shadows of WWII from his seemingly safe perch in the United States. Except... Written in 1943 the author really capture the feelings of foreshadowing that some wiser souls had, with the world changing and so many preferring to pretend otherwise.

As our main character goes through his daily life he questions all around him, including the emptiness of society and how easily people hear what they want. He looks at his wife and children and sees through the facades that gloss over deeper issues.

Absolutely current as we all face global change all of the time and must or should confront the implications to ourselves and those around us.

I can't say enough good about this amazing story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mara Kurtz on July 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As always, Marquand's thoughtful novels address universal issues in a very personal way. It is interesting to reflect on his 1939 perspective about politics in the United States in view of the world situation today. So many of the observations still fit to a tee. Reading this book is like spending time with old friends, smart ones who help you to understand that there is no going back and that life isn't fair.
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