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Look Homeward, Angel | [Thomas Wolfe]

Look Homeward, Angel

The works of Thomas Wolfe cemented his legacy as one of the very best of the American Southern writers. Wolfe's largely autobiographical novel features Eugene Gant, who pines for a more expansive life after being born to a father whose bouts of maniacal raving are fueled by a prodigious appetite for drink.
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The works of Thomas Wolfe cemented his legacy as one of the very best of the American Southern writers. Wolfe's largely autobiographical novel features Eugene Gant, who pines for a more expansive life after being born to a father whose bouts of maniacal raving are fueled by a prodigious appetite for drink.

©1957 Edward C. Aswell; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Eric Thornleigh, Australia 02-22-09
    Eric Thornleigh, Australia 02-22-09
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    "One Of The Gret Novels Of The 20th Century"

    My purpose in writing this review is to provide a balance. It would be unfortunate if someone in the new Century, coming upon Thomas Wolfe for the first time, and unaware that they held within their hands one of the masterworks of the Twentieth Century, were deterred, and thus denied themselves a significant reading pleasure. If in reading it some 80 years after Wolfe wrote it, you feel it is too wordy, has too much description, or could have been edited more, remember this: Wolfe was in his mid twenties when he wrote it. Max Perkins, who is universally acknowledged as the greatest Editor of the Twentieth Century (he discovered/first published Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings etc.) was his Editor. Perkins, after much struggle, got him to cut 90,000 words from the original manuscript.

    If you love the language; if you value wordcraft and the evocation of imagery in a sublime form; if you appreciate Steinbeck, Pat Conroy, Waltari and Shirley Haggard for these reasons, if you are a writer or want to be; if you hunger for a book that has masterful characterisation that will imprint the characters indellibly on your mind, then listen to and enjoy "Look Homeward, Angel". You will then know the Gants and the Pentlands like your own family and you will know why, as someone who averages reading / listening to 137 books per year (over 1200 since January 2000), I count this as one of my ten favourites, and why is has been for over 35 years. In addition, Scott Sowers has done a Masterful job of narration. It is worth the credit!

    63 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep 03-11-11

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "A Classic for a reason"

    This is not the easiest listen/read but to me, well worth the time and money. A voice from another time, The tone of Wolfe's writing adds to the story, giving a sense of the time period. Narration is #1 with any audio book for me and Scott Sowers is great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Houston, TX, United States 03-17-11
    Mary Houston, TX, United States 03-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A classsic read"

    I saw that this book was one of Pat Conroy's favorites, and since he is my favorite author and I need to read some classics, I listened to this one. Thomas Wolfe's language is amazing and I see why they study this in school. Wow.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 03-07-11
    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 03-07-11 Member Since 2002

    Larry

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    "Flawed Genius"

    A man chronicles his escape from the constraints that his father struggled against and his mother embraced.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. Mills Illinois 09-06-13
    T. Mills Illinois 09-06-13 Member Since 2013

    gumbo

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    "Total Waste of Time."
    What would have made Look Homeward, Angel better?

    A plot! A purpose! I just don't get the great American novel reputation. I thought this was a waste of over thirty hours, when I count the times I had to back up to see if I missed something.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Wolfe again?

    I had never read anything by Wolfe before, and I'm pretty sure I will not again.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    The performance was fine. No complaints about that.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Linda ROCHESTER, MI, United States 11-16-08
    Linda ROCHESTER, MI, United States 11-16-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Too many boring details!!!"

    I want to like this book but the story gets lost in the abundance of annoying details!! I have listened to 3 of the 4 sections and don't know if I can take anymore. I'll bet the actual story is about 10 hours long.

    6 of 39 people found this review helpful
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