- File Size: 1876 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (February 5, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2013
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007ZFYAKO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book is the standard story about a boy, Hilly Wise, who's trying to figure out how to grow in life and one that is overshawdowed by his father's wealth and power. Arthur Wise, Hilly's father, is a nobody attorney that looks for accidents and finally strikes it big with a major airline plane crash. Having won the battle, Arthur moves his entire family and partner Robert Ashley to a beach front property called Bluepoint. Bluepoint is a town off of Cape Cod and the property is managed by Lem Dawson. Although Lem is not young, Mr. Wise refers to him as "boy" and not voices but shows his disdain for the colored man.
It is in the first few weeks and months that Lem is put to work and Hilly takes to Lem. They become friends and he is introduced to Lem's niece, Savannah. On a random day Hilly goes to see Savannah where she lives after visiting bringing her food, clothes, and many other things just lying around the house from his parents wealth that are not needed. Everything is going fine until Savannah sees something that rekindles a part of her past and upsets her. Hilly leaves and goes back home. Being confused and young; more so in love- Hilly takes a stroll along the beach coastline. It is there that you'll find one of the greatest conflicts. A struggle within Hilly to stand up for his wealthy father and Lem Dawson. Lem is found doing something that Hilly couldn't believe.
Later that night and many incidents later, Savannah, drives herself to the Wise property and finds Hilly. It is here that Hilly finds himself locked and transfixed in love with Savannah. They share a kiss and then seperate. The next day it is when Hilly's entire world changes. Because of Savannah, because of Lem, and mostly because of his father.
My best advice to any other reader is to keep moving with the book. The book is written from Hilly's point of view and Hilly is very detail oriented; which can become a drag as we want to know what happens next! We discover that in Part 2, Hilly becomes a reporter, and discover in Part 3 that Hilly is writing this book about his life. The book also jumps extensively from one Part to another.
I did get very nervous towards the end hoping that everything-- EVERYTHING worked out for Hilly and the problems that arouse in his late teens. If he ever receives forgiveness, can overcome his guilt, can settle the ongoing battle between him and his father. The biggest theme in this book is love. LOVE. It was touching on so many levels and I could sympathize with Hilly and also love Arthur Wise, too.
Huge heads up though- DO NOT FLIP TO THE LAST PAGE. That's all I'm going to say about that.
The story begins in the 1950′s when Hilly Wise's lawyer father, Arthur, and his war buddy and law partner, Robert Ashley, hit it big by winning a class-action lawsuit against Boston Airways. The suit thrusts the Wise family from near poverty into overnight wealth, which changes the family dynamics forever, particularly with Hilly and his relationship with his parents.
Following the Boston Airways lawsuit, the Wises are able to buy a Cape Cod getaway (and Robert buys another house on the property), which brings Lem Dawson into their lives. Lem is an interesting character - he initially comes across as a mild mannered black man that outwardly "knows his place", but you can tell that deeper emotions simmer just under the surface. Little things start to happen with Lem that make you wonder what he's really up to, which is a big driver of the story.
Arthur is the high-powered lawyer who is consumed with money and tends to walk all over the people around him, especially his family and Robert. But, he's also quite funny at times and does occasionally show some heart.
It seems that other reviewers thought the ending was abrupt, but I thought it was fitting and made me look back at the Wises' relationships through a completely different lens.
Wise Men is beautifully written and was one of those books that I didn't want to stop reading, I just wanted to sit back and enjoy the story. I loved the characters - Lem, Hilly, Robert, and I even appreciated the drama that Arthur Wise's antics brought to the story. Wise Men is Nadler's first novel and I can't wait to see what he does next.
For more reviews, check out my blog, Sarah's Book Shelves.
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