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You Can't Go Home Again Paperback – October 11, 2011
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“Wolfe wrote as one inspired. No one in his generation had his command of language, his passion, his energy.” --Clifton Fadiman, The New Yorker
“You Can’t Go Home Again will stand apart from everthing else that [Wolfe] wrote because this is the book of a man who had come to terms with himself, who was on his wa to mastery of his art, who had something profoundly important to say.” –New York Times Book Review
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There is not one sentence in his book that does not make total sense upon first reading. If it seems not to, it is only because the reader has skipped a line. With a vocabulary that is vast, but which he uses with unique precision, Wolfe tells the story of George Webber, a writer, who is in essence, Thomas Wolfe, the writer. Wolfe ultimately sees himself as an artist that is an observer of human thought and action. But in addition, one that has an obligation to do what one can, to stamp out ugliness, violence, injustice, inhumanity, and so many other wrongs that rear their heads in society from time to time.
Yet, even with this extraordinary brilliance, clarity, and understanding of the human condition, like all great writers and great artists, he leaves the reader with a question. If clearly, it is his understanding of his personal duty, his personal philosophy to work to do what one can do, to end injustice, then why, is he, personally, always running away? As the book is a picture of one always on the move, always observing people, always changing venue, but wisely with great proficiency and efficacy, storing these experiences away as he seeks his understanding of the human condition; he is constantly yet on the move. And so, how does one work to stamp out injustice, if one is always running from the place he is at, and believes "He can't go home again?" This then becomes the challenge to the reader as well.Read more ›
No one moves me like he does.
It's honestly difficult to do justice to Wolfe's poetry with a simple review, but I can say that no Southern author even approaches his writing ability, save Faulkner. These two books form the literary pillars of my creative ego; they are at once tragically self-conscious and fervently optimistic. It's such a shame that Wolfe died young as he did.
A final note--before reading the chapters about the party in New York, look up the artists Alexander Calder and Joan Miró. You'll find that an otherwise hilarious scene is actually a scathing satire of contemporary art. If you at all share his sentiments, you'll have trouble staying in your chair.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moments that come from a part of a story That relates to something great to immerse yourself. The novel is a great question that comes from curiosity.Published 2 days ago by Ishmael
This book has much to its credit in terms of literary content. Published posthumously, however, it was in definite need of good editing, which did not always happen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Standish
Excellent read. A bit wordy perhaps but it's pretty much one of Wolfe's trademarks. His perceptions, however, are even more unique when you realize that this book was published... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarge in Wilton
Published a year after his death, "You Can't Go Home Again", stands as Thomas Wolfe's magnum opus. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arnold bailis
This book sucks. It's the written equivalent of having a conversation with my mother, except with an SAT level vocabulary. The narration just rambles on and on and on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by nirvanaaqn
This is an American classic. I read it years ago and am rereading with greater appreciation today. It is a deep emotional journey not to be missed. You will enjoy this masterpiece!Published 4 months ago by Yvette Borcia and Gerry Stern
Wolfe finally learned how to write without being tediously detailed. (Or maybe it was having some one other than Max Perkins edit the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Faust D Dambrosi