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Studs Lonigan (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) Paperback – November 1, 2001
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aThe most powerful naturalist who ever worked in the American tradition.a (Alfred Kazin) aI read Studs Lonigan my freshman year at Harvard, and it changed my life. . . . I couldnat get over the discovery. I wanted to write.a (Norman Mailer)
The most powerful naturalist who ever worked in the American tradition. (Alfred Kazin) I read Studs Lonigan my freshman year at Harvard, and it changed my life. . . . I couldn t get over the discovery. I wanted to write. (Norman Mailer)
?The most powerful naturalist who ever worked in the American tradition.? (Alfred Kazin) I read Studs Lonigan my freshman year at Harvard, and it changed my life. . . . I couldn?t get over the discovery. I wanted to write.? (Norman Mailer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ann Douglas teaches English at Columbia University. Her books include Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s and The Feminization of American Culture.
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The novel unflinchingly portrays the violence, chauvanism, and racism that pervades the lives of Studs and his friends. They despise those more privileged than themselves, have complete contempt for women, and fiercely distrust anyone from outside their neighborhood, particularly those with a different skin color. They wear their toughness with pride and have no patience for expressions of sensitivity or remorse.
Yet from the opening chapter, Farrell takes pains to show that the young Lonigan is not immune to feelings of tenderness and even love. His portrayal of Studs' romantic adolescent longing for Lucy is convincing and touching, and the author's presentation of it early in the book makes more convincing his documentation of Studs' progressively hardening view of life.
Another key element of the trilogy is its sketching of a character increasingly dwarfed by forces beyond his control and understanding. In one key scene, Studs, close to despair as he feels his life slipping away from him, stands by the shores of Lake Michigan and watches the waves pound against the rocks.Read more ›
James T. Farrell paints a picture for me far better than, say, F. Scott Fitzgerald. I never really understand what's going on in Fitzgerald's stories. He takes it for granted you are living in the Twenties and know what they're all about. Farrell _shows_ me the Twenties.
_Studs Lonigan_ will either leave you cold or grab you. If it grabs you, you will find that it's the kind of book you just lose yourself in. It will become your world for a few days.
He builds layer on layer of prosaic detail. He seems to me to be exceptionally honest about what everyday life is really like. One poignant passage near the end of _Young Lonigan_ describing the day the fifteen-year-old Studs spends in the park with Lucy, as his thoughts dart from one topic to another.
One moment his thoughts are exalted: "He took squints at everything from different angles and watched how their appearances would change... he listened to the sound of the park, and it seemed as if they were all, somehow, part of himself, and he was part of them, and them and himself were free from the drag of his body that had aches and dirty thoughts, and got sick, and could only be in one place at a time...."
The next, they are romantic: "They sat.Read more ›
The book is actually three shorter books combined into one massive saga about a young man named Bill "Studs" Lonigan. Studs is a Catholic, Irish-American who lives in the rough and tumble neighborhood of Chicago during the early portion of this century. The story starts off with Studs being 15 and thinking he knows everything and willing to prove it with his fists. Dropping out of high school to hang around a pool room, he and his friends primarily engage in fights, drinking and picking up women.
Studs is the leader of his friends and always feels the need to prove himself by fighting and out drinking them. Despite hearing lectures from his priest about the dangers of drink and sex, he continues to engage in these activities. However, time takes it toll on Studs's health. By 1930, the Depression and his failing health (from his activities in his 20's) force him to realize that he isn't the man who used to be.
Farrell depicts the turbulent times perfectly. The reader is draw into the descriptions and accounts of Chicago at the end of the first World War, the socialist movement, the rise in popularity of Sinclair Lewis, and many other events. The roaring 20's are also written about and the reader is taken through gambling halls, speakeasies, and whore houses. Farrell paints a very bleak picture of the Depression as well.
While there doesn't seem to be many answers in the book, it does depict that ignorance and a lack of spirituality wreaks havoc upon lives.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed it. I read it as it is listed as one of 100 greatest novels.Published 2 months ago by J. Metcalf
I got this book with high expectations, as it appears on several top 100 novel lists. However, unless you are sentimental or nostalgic for early 20th century Chicago or Irish... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Veritawesome
What a hidden classic Studs Lonigan is! Not only the story of a kid growing up in Chicago, and his friends he hung out with, the moonshine he drank during Prohibition and etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by liberty
Just get it. I cant add any additional commentary on Studs Lonigan that will ever add to the mountain of positive literature written about this trilogy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DMStewart
This is a classic of American naturalistic fiction by an author who was unjustifiably neglected during the past several decades. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Matthew Jennett
This book dragged on and I thought I would never reach the end. Had I not been traveling on long flights I would have put it down. UGH!Published 12 months ago by Towson Roadrunner
One of the best books ever written. Having grown up under the same conditions I totally relate to the life of Studs.Published 13 months ago by Gregory Ruffing