Look Homeward, Angel
The stunning, classic coming-of-age novel written by one of America's foremost Southern writers A legendary author on par with William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, about a young man's burning desire to leave his small town and... show more
The stunning, classic coming-of-age novel written by one of America's foremost Southern writers A legendary author on par with William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, about a young man's burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life, in 1929. It gave the world proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy. The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is "a book made out of my life," and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today's most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.
Publish date: October 10th 2006
Pages no: 644
Edition language: English
this was a most tedious struggle for me. after about 250 pages it got slightly easier (and was even alright from around pages 350-450) but i really didn't like his writing style at all. (turns out he's a different man than tom wolfe, who i haven't loved, but liked considerably better than thomas w...
Its like James Joyce and Walt Whitman had a baby and buried it under an avalanche of words. This is the sort of book you would brag about finishing, but it is not famous enough for anyone to be impressed by your accomplishment. Still, a magnificent novel.
This book just didn't grab my interests. I found it boring so again I stopped half-way thorugh. It didn't teach me much about the Scotch Irish in the US, which is what I was looking for. Most people call this a great classic - well not me!
Rating: 2.5* of fiveThe Book Report: Oliver Gant's a drunk, Eliza Gant's a shrew, they have six kids and she doesn't like him, or childbirth, or poverty, or much of anything else that I can see. Oliver likes his youngest, Eugene, better than any of them (so do I, but that's not sayin' a lot), and sp...