Mitchell lovingly chronicled the lives of odd New York characters. In the pages of Up In the Old Hotel, the reader passes through places such as McSorley's Old Ale House or the Fulton Fish Market that many observers might have found ordinary. But when experienced through Mitchell's gifted eye, the reader will see that these haunts of old New York possess poetry, beauty, and meaning.
I am just one of many who love this book but I think I owe it to share my say.
I can't think of anyone who would fail to be interested in these stories, but New Yorkers past and present should, in particular, find this book fascinating.
I bought this book several years ago never having heard of the author and not expecting much, just wanted to read something new.
Great book - easy read. If you like NYC - and I love it, you will enjoy this book. Well written and the style is very fluid - one can also learn a great deal reading the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dean F. Blair
Fantastic book! The writing of Joseph Mitchell is simple, clear and essential. It gives a real view of XX century NYC's citizens. I love this book!Published 1 month ago by Dainese Antonio
I've never been to New York. That said this book is so much fun to read. It's period of time and the interesting characters never cease to entertain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
May sound corny, but the reason I purchased this particular book, was because I saw it first in the Late Night Show with Jimmi Fallon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eddie Wannabee
I've loved books since I was a child and I cannot believe I've reached my mid-30's being deprived of this man's writing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leilani