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From an Amazon.com review:
What a wonderful book about small town America in the early 40's. The characters in this book are very well developed, so that you almost feel you are living in the town with them. The people from the good side and the bad side of town. The two most dislikeable characters in town are of course from entirely different sides. The richest man in town who is a greedy man born into family money, with no feelings for other people except for what they can give him. In this era it was entirely possible to manipulate workers in your factory to do your bidding because you could fire people for any reason whatsoever back then. And Rodney Harrington does just that. He raises his son to be even worse than himself, with no regard for anyone except himself and what others can bring to him or give to him.
And Lucas Cross, from the poorest part of town, who drinks, beats his wife and children, and even worse. These characters are painted well, and you will despise both for what they are. There is the kindly doctor, the newspaper editor, the spinster schoolteacher, the crazy old lady and her cat, the busybodies, and more.
While not particularly shocking in this day and age, in the late 40's the small town issues that are addressed out in the open in this novel were strictly taboo to discuss at the time. Constance and her carefully orchestrated lie about her past. Poor Norman, who you know will never escape the clingy, desperate clutches of his mother. Selena, who bears more than her share of tragedy with dignity. Ted, who in the end lost his honor but was not even aware of it, becoming a replica of his own deceitful parents.
And Allison, who the book follows most closely. She is the Daughter of Constance, and the story starts with her just entering high school and follows her through graduation and moving to New York for a brief period of time.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it seemed to pull me into the story of the town and kept me there by peeling back the layers of the town a little bit at a time. Not an action packed book, but certainly not boring. You will find yourself becoming involved in the characters lives, and by the talent of good author you will either care a great deal about them or hate their guts.
Bookray is now completed. Thanks everyone for participating!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to Bug2004 to restart this bookray.
I will send off as soon as I get Bulfinch's address.
After reading the book, I watched the film (which apparently had 9 Oscar nominations!). I was surprised at how much they strayed from the book itself... and also how much they sanitized the details of the story for the film version! I also learned that the book was also adapted into an actual television show in the 60s!
Definitely, I can see the historical import of the book... as the topics covered in the book were quite shocking at the time of its publish!
Thanks Perryfran, for keeping the book ray going!
I will send the book on its way as soon as I can contact the next willing participant!
Thanks, Bulfinch, for sending it on...
And thanks, Perryfran, for sharing it! (I love the movie poster on your post!)
I will ask for Ritao's address.
Thanks for sharing, Perryfran!
I believe Ms Metalious never wrote any other novel (what a shame!) and died quite tragically.
(By the way, the back cover photo is a document in itself...)
Very credible characters, and a claustrophobic small-town setting.
I watched both the 50's film (featuring Lana Turner) and the 60's TV series, which was re-run in the 70s. A very young long-haired Mia Farrow played Alison Mackenzie (I used to find that name fascinating!), while Ryan O'Neal played a sanitized Rodney Harrington. In this version for TV, the whole Cross family was wiped out (a major point of interest in the novel), while Rodney and Norman were brothers.
Thanks for the chance to re-read this novel, Perryfran; I have finally managed to find Ritao, and the book will soon be on its way to Finland.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Sent last evening to Ritao, in Finland...
Sorry for the late journal entry, I forgot completely about journaling the book once I had finished it, with the holidays coming up and all. Thank you perryfran for the ray, and happy new year to everyone involved in it!
Thanks for the exchange (Fear of Flying). My philatelic colleague likes the many beautiful stamps (pic). Have to admit to a case of sticker shock: while German postage for sending a comparably big/heavy book to Finland is just 3.70 EUR, the Finnish postage amounts to no less than 13.40 EUR =:-<
The book was hard to put down, the characters were all very interesting (though most are unlikeable and some even to be abhorred) and the plot twists and turns with many surprises that make for a gripping read. As previous reviewers already wrote, the main characters are finely described and developed, their reasoning, why they can/should/must behave as they did, is clearly set out.
Whether it's a small town or any other close-knit community (a peer group of professionals, for example), the same basic human character traits will be at work. Since this does not (or only very slightly) change over time (except that what was a no-no in the 1940s might be acceptable today - and vice versa, think children born out of wedlock, think cigarettes!), the book is timeless.
It gives me a lot of pleasure to be able to send her this book as a "thank you" for her RABCK ( "06H41" some ten months ago) which used to be on my wishlist.
The pic shows a typical landscape in "Franconian Switzerland", the area where I live.
03.10.2017 : It's almost impossible to read in english at the moment. Too tired to be able to spent a good time reading. I'll give it to other bookcrossers soon.
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