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.
Great book if you like history and fiction all in one package, well written.
Mitchell's great skill as a writer was to let his subjects seemingly speak for themselves, but to in fact render their words in compulsively readable fashion.
I bought this book several years ago never having heard of the author and not expecting much, just wanted to read something new.
Excellent read if you like quirky characters and what real life was like in the big apple in the early 1900's. Really enjoyed it.Published 27 days ago by dale hensley
Joseph Mitchell was born into scotch-irish original settler stock in the swampland of southeastern North Carolina and moved to NYC at age 20 in 1929, where he first was a newspaper... Read morePublished 28 days ago by weston
It was too dated dated for my taste. Although very well written, I never finished it.Published 2 months ago by S. Stanton
One of my favorite collections of true stories from NYC in the mid third of the 20th century. Joe Mitchell was one of the most interesting staff writers at the excellent "New... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Sterne
This is one of the masterpieces of American non-fiction. I was having a copy sent to a good friend, a fine writer himself, who had not known of Mitchell or his work before. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George H. Joiner
Great book if you like history and fiction all in one package, well written.Published 3 months ago by Sam Belmont
I bought this for my husband for Christmas. He loves it. "Joseph Mitchell is a great writer," says hubby.Published 3 months ago by bookworm
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 5 months 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 5 months ago by Dainese Antonio