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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Stein & Day Paperback (February 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812881176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812881172
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,526,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K Cole on December 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This very powerful book had themes reminiscent of many others. In a way it reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye, On the Road, and Narcissus and Goldmund, in that is was a man's search for his place in the world. In this book, however, the main character, Evangelos Arness, is looking for liberation and being true to himself. At the beginning of the book, he is a a financially successful ad man who has a 'respectable' and 'comfortable' life, but he realizes, somewhere between women and unconcious suicide attempts, that he is nothing that he set out to be. So, he sets out on a journey to burn down what he had become and rebuild what he wanted to be. His trip to liberation is dark, often humorous, and sometimes sad, taking him through his past, his family, and insanity. This is the kind of book, much like the ones I named above, that becomes a part of you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "gabs_goldberg" on March 15, 2000
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The main character in this book is in the middle of a " middle-life crisis ", he struggles between what he has, and what he has dreamed of. The characters are so real and you identify yourself easely with the main character. I am reading this book now, ... I have read it before with the same passion and books like this one make you think and you can't stop reading it. Sometimes the whole night ! read it send your comments to gabs_goldberg@hotmail.com
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
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kazan's personal experience is related to the reader in a very funny novel form. Many insights into the absurd arrangements we humans make with our mates. highly recommended because of content and funny dialogue!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "gabs_goldberg" on March 15, 2000
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The main character in this book is in the middle of a " middle-life crisis ", he struggles between what he has, and what he has dreamed of. The characters are so real and you identify yourself easely with the main character. I am reading this book now, ... I have read it before with the same passion and books like this one make you think and you can't stop reading it. Sometimes the whole night ! read it send your comments to gabs_goldberg@hotmail.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kay on October 22, 2013
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My only dislike was the kindle edition had many mispelled words and grammatical errors. I found the book at a B&B I was staying at and did not have time to finish. Ordered it for my kindle and could not wait to get home to finish it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Elia Kazan's "The Arrangement" came to me for a couple bucks @ the Friends of the Library sale. I was curious what the film director's novel would be. As a film director, Kazan adapted this into the 1969 film with Kirk Douglas as Eddie, Faye Dunaway as Gwen & Deborah Kerr as Florence. I may seek that out.

However, the book seemed tediously long to me. The main problem is that Eddie, the protagonist, is extremely unlikable. He is the quintessential self-centered man. The careless disregard for his wife's feelings, his lover's and his family's is incredible to read. (I kept hearing Daniel Day Lewis' voice from "There Will Be Blood" as I read Eddie.) Only briefly touched upon within the novel is spirituality, the need of man to identify with something bigger than himself to bring him happiness. So the seeds of destruction are everywhere in this novel. It is so completely abundant for 500 pages, but is it interesting? Not particularly. Tragic yes, but in the same way that people like to read about someone who does a horrific deed. We like to read about for several minutes, but who do we study in history? We tend to revere the examples of those who fought for a better world. Although Gwen was a fascinating character as were some of the supporting characters like Charles & Chet, I found myself repeatedly dragging myself to read another chapter with the assurance that if I kept on going, it would end. So I recommend "The Arrangement" like a literary root canal operation. It feels better when you're over it. Taxi!
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By Hemingway on April 14, 2015
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Well, with great effort and abundant yawns, I tolerated 8% of this abomination of a novel on my Kindle. I'm an avid reader and I explore many genres, but frankly, I have no idea how to label this particular book. Is there a genre titled, "Senseless Drivel"? Forgetting about the deplorable plot, I found at least 15 typos in the little that I read. Who edited this book?

The book is written in the first person by Eddie Anderson, the main character; a truly unlikable, superficial, self-centered, insensitive clod. Of all the novels I've ever read, I don't believe I've ever hated a protagonist as much as I hated Eddie Anderson. He simply has no redeeming qualities. Most of what I read is narrative--pages and pages of boring details in a futile attempt to develop this weak character. There is almost no description, no use of the senses, and the few metaphors the author uses are worn out cliches. Perhaps the author's biggest blunder was the fact that for the most part, the story lacks even the slightest action. Maybe when this book was originally released in 1967, when contemporary fiction was much different than it is today, it might have been an okay book at best. But in 2015, it's an atrocity.
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