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  • Title: You Can't Go Home Again
  • Author: Thomas Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780060930059
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • George Webber has written a successful novel about his family and hometown When he returns to that town he is shaken by the force of the outrage and hatred that greets him Family and friends feel naked and exposed by the truths they have seen in his book, and their fury drives him from his home He begins a search for his own identity that takes him to New York and a hecGeorge Webber has written a successful novel about his family and hometown When he returns to that town he is shaken by the force of the outrage and hatred that greets him Family and friends feel naked and exposed by the truths they have seen in his book, and their fury drives him from his home He begins a search for his own identity that takes him to New York and a hectic social whirl to Paris with an uninhibited group of expatriates to Berlin, lying cold and sinister under Hitler s shadow At last Webber returns to America and rediscovers it with love, sorrow, and hope.
    You Can t Go Home Again George Webber has written a successful novel about his family and hometown When he returns to that town he is shaken by the force of the outrage and hatred that greets him Family and friends feel nake

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    1. Written in 1934, nothing has changed People still fall in love, get hurt, have dreams, kill, lie and cheat There was a total lack of respect for the earth then as now Overbuilding and greed were rampant then, no worse and not better than now Greed drives need.Still, a good story of hope, perseverance and victory of the spirit.

    2. Re _You Can t Go Home Again _ 1940 By Thomas Wolfe I read to page 195 but did not finish the book Added 3 1 11.This is very dense reading, but I was floored by its beauty I copied the following quote by hand, before the days of computers Some things will never change Some things will always be the same Lean down your ear upon the earth and listen The voice of forest water in the night, a woman s laughter in the dark, the clean, hard rattle of raked gravel, the cricketing stitch of midday in hot [...]

    3. A ponderous, sprawling, autobiographical novel of America and Europe in the 1920 s and 30 s that reveals acute observation on the human condition at the time All of Thomas Woolfe s novels seem to be drawn from real life They are largely plot less, character focussed and disjointed, and stitched together by painstaking editing that included the writing of whole sections by the editor to hold the disparate parts together.In this seven part tome, each part labeled a book carved out a larger body of [...]

    4. I finally finished this 704 page tome It took me almost a year I kept putting it down sometimes for weeks at a time and picking it back up again Every time I started reading it again I was always glad, though, because I really liked his writing There were a couple of chapters that I thought were overly long, and possibly 100 or so pages could have been cut entirely without leaving the novel lacking However, I m glad he rambled on because he led me to some beautiful places Thomas Wolfe really had [...]

    5. I was hooked from the first page and really savored the whole 700 page experience Wolfe is spookily insightful, cutting right to the quick of human nature, and our many pretentions Wolfe describes so many different types of people and you recognize every one The book has a very timeless quality to it From overspeculation in the real estate market to the media s bizarre fixation with celebrities this book could have been written yesterday, and yet it was written in the 1930 s Wolfe s powers of ob [...]

    6. At page 454, I am abandoning this text, at least for a while You Can t Go Home Again is such an influential work, especially within American literature, that I had to continually remind myself that what struck me as old hat or cliche, was, in all reality, fairly innovative the passages that reminded me of Kerouac, were, in fact, the passages that inspired Kerouac This work has some exceptionally beautiful and affecting passages I m thinking, most recently in my reading, of the suicide scene at t [...]

    7. This is another thing about whether you can go home When I was little my father disowned us from both sides of our family Only very recently, a year or two ago did I start seeing my mother s two sisters I ve been invited to a birthday for one of them this weekend, at which I would see oodles of my mother s side of the family, really all there would be to see Do I go Every time I think about it, I can t help saying to myself You Can t Go Home, but maybe you can Maybe If you suddenly for the first [...]

    8. Thomas Wolfe NOT TOM WOLFE is from Asheville, NC I was in Asheville when I bought this book, and it was later that dayill in Ashevilleat I got appendicitis So I have that association.Anyway, I started reading this book while recovering and just now finishedat was around May 15th I guess, and its now September 4rd, so that s roughly 110 daysd the book is 704 pages so that s almost 7 pages a day Hm.My point is, this is a long, long book but I ve never read so feverishly, wanting to have of thends [...]

    9. Faulkner called Wolfe the best of their generation, the finest failure I admire most the scope of Wolfe s writing It seems at times that he was trying to capture all of America in a single novel, and if he didn t quite make it he comes very, very close And he was, at his heart, hopeful Wolfe believed in the possibility of religious transcendence and he believed in America, and the possibilities it had Those twin optimisms, to me, lie at the heart of the very best moments of this novel And, as a [...]

    10. I d forgotten about this till it came up in the quiz.My senior year of high school, I had some sort of comp lit class, and we had to do a major paper on one book, and I did it on this.And my paper was all about the theme of interlocking webs of some sort I think 3 layers of, um, webbing like himself his community and the country or something I ll have to look it up again I really liked it, enjoyed the complexity, and felt a certain resonance because going home was exactly what I planned to do af [...]

    11. You Can t Go Home, Again is really not so much a work of fiction as an autobiography in which the names of characters have been changed Wolfe seemed unapologetic about the baldly autobiographical nature of his work However, some may perceive his autobiography as evidence of a certain lack of creative reach and an aversion to creative risk taking on his part Wolfe s life was so deeply and richly lived in a relatively short period and so lyrically written that his autobiography reads as vibrantly [...]

    12. The paperback version of this novel is 711 pages long This novel is a saga about George Webber, a prototype for the author, Thomas Wolfe The novel depicts events at least three levels George Webber s struggle to write novels and gain acceptance by other novelists and publishers America s transformation from the go go 20 s to economic ruin and depression in the 1930 s and how Webber seeks salvation by sailing to England and Germany in the mid 1930 s, a few years before the start of World War II.W [...]

    13. I love the way books come to me sometimes this one as a yellowed, tattered edition sold at a market stall for 1 I ve wanted to read it for ages The text is very dense but Wolfe s eye is keen, especially when it comes to observations about people, though I feel like his judgements can be a bit arrogant and unkind here and there Still, I feel like this book merits recommended reading status, especially for a girl like me, who mislaid her ruby slippers somewhere along the road, sometime back.

    14. I don t get it.Thomas Wolfe s You Can t Go Home Again YCGHA currently enjoys a 4.04 5 rating on and hovers near a 4 5 in I don t understand why The book which can be hardly called a novel is a disjointed, meandering, verbose effort, full of self importance and navel gazing Unless the vast majority of readers just really like lots of adjectives, my guess is that most people rate this book highly because it s a classic and giving it a high score means that you get it because you re the sort of per [...]

    15. The book has some beautiful moments, but to find them you have to wade through endless description of minutiae Every scene is so dense with detail, that you begin to feel that his objective in writing this novel was to hone his ability to convey the aesthetics of a situation and the thought processes of his characters He is eloquent and has a flawless eye, but in my view the description detracts from the story, which develops at an excruciating pace If you are oriented towards beautiful languag [...]

    16. The title is wonderful.The prose is long and seems dated This is a very slow read but does capture a period of turmoil in the 20th century I read it for a book group years ago, and often cursed the member who suggested it My recollection was that we had to skip a month and most members of the group didn t finish it.

    17. This book is magnificent The Bildungsroman as a genre so often disappoints at least, I think so e.g Of Human Bondage , but Wolfe s mastery and incisively witty, yet profound, insight into American culture and adulthood is well worth the time it takes.

    18. You Can t Go Home Again, was the first Thomas Wolfe book I read probably because I liked the title, or maybe it was the only one in the bookstore, but for whatever reason it was the one handed down to me, though Thomas Wolfe s novels often feel like one long book, though they do have different moods and feelings I first read Wolfe because I knew he was a big influence on Jack Kerouac and I wanted to be a writer, inspired by the Beats in spirit, and thought I had to read a lot of good books befor [...]

    19. If there has been a perfect writer it was Thomas Wolfe A writer who can describe emotions, feelings, people and places in a way that the reader would live through every sentence written in his books Wolfe writes and when they laughed, there was no warmth or joy in the sound high, shrill, ugly, and hysterical, their laughter only asked the earth to notice them and you can imagine, understand and see those people described by one sentence Or he can describe a person s gaze by an inner monologue of [...]

    20. This is a quiet 10 year epic odyssey, and you ll know that s true when I tell you that it essentially starts with Black Tuesday, 1929, and ends just before the start of WWII, 1939, with stops in North Carolina, Brooklyn, London, Paris and Berlin The uni directional quality struck me as pretty cool, by the end, and which of course ties in to the title and its multiple meanings, including the fact of constant social change We also meet many characters and they don t necessarily make a repeat appea [...]

    21. I enjoyed this, but it is a pretty long, hard read What I love about this Wolfe NEVER to be confused with tom wolfe, whom I will never read another word of is that he narrates through the horrors of the 30 s and corresponding literary movements and hints or even promises an ultimate triumph Very, very similar to Faulkner s Nobel speech.but he never, ever sugar coats the modern assessment of mankind I had no idea what to expect here, having only read a few of his short stories I guess I saw the D [...]

    22. Not a great novelist but a great writer I ll have to agree with that I am re reading both Wolfe masterpieces, since the first time I read them the words were wasted on my youth Now I will let them be wasted on my middle age Wolfe had courage, I ll give him that courage to attempt showing every ounce of his personal experience in the pure, naked, and sometimes brutal light of truth This he did with a just hand toward both the extraordinary and the mundane alike Extraordinary experiences, especial [...]

    23. What an incredible book Wolfe is extraordinarily insightful and is a keen observer of human nature He rambles quite a bit and goes off on all sorts of tangents, but the prose is so strong that in the end I didn t mind that so much Probably some people would lose patience with that From a lesser writer, I know I would have.I actually bought this book some years ago and it had just been sitting on my bookshelf this happens to me often because I often buy books faster than II can finish reading the [...]

    24. It deserves the title classic in every sense of the word but be prepared At 700 plus pages, it s a hefty volume, so if you appreciate a story told in exacting detail, you re in for a great treat If you want a pithy story, get a comic book I noticed a pattern while reading the various reviews by their respective authors if it didn t mesh with their favorite genres and writing styles, they simply didn t connect with this story Not surprising.In my own opinion, some of these critics simply enjoy m [...]

    25. There are few books I have ever read that have been beautifully written than You Can t Go Home Again The characters are full and richly drawn The plot, when it moves, is an interesting one, and Wolfe s insight is profound and inspirational The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars is that it is so dense, so wordy, so incredibly overwritten that it is nearly impossible to finish It being an autobiographical novel, I found it very interesting that the main character talks about [...]

    26. I think every successful writer of fiction is allowed one exegesis of self pity, and this is Wolfe s Fortunately, since Wolfe is capable of unplugging his sizable head from his wide ass, he can craft a pretty compelling portrait of the Jazz Age deteriorating into the Great Depression here in the US, and he evokes pre WWII Europe quite well Considering that Wolfe died in 1938, his sojourn in Nazi Germany is shockingly poignant The meaty travelogue, however, is sandwiched between thick slices of s [...]

    27. I LOVED the writing But it was kind of hard to get through because it was so long The writing was excellent

    28. It has taken me almost a month to read this long, long, long book, but I am finally finished I liked it than this three star rating says, but not enough to give it anything Why It was good writing, but it was absurdly wordy On and on Wolfe writes about every person his main character meets in his life, every place he visits, every conversation he exchanges with another, and to what point It s a huge book with virtually no plot fundamentally it is a book with lots and lots of pretty writing An [...]

    29. You can t go home again, first uttered by Thomas Wolfe in his classic of the same name, is now an old clich The two part story that this saying sums up, was very good, and in the extremely detailed and descriptive writing style of Wolfe, very prosaic No one writes like Wolfe, that s for sure Each paragraph is energized with his passion and intellect, and each is a treat to read But I give this 4 stars instead of 5 because the story, though wonderful, has its pitfalls, mostly in its tendency to b [...]

    30. This novel follows a writer who lives through the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing years up to the outbreak of WWII The book is divided into several sections, and I like some than others My favorite was a section that covers a ritzy party in New York and has characters interacting from many different angles Other sections contains essays that have little to do with the plotline, which probably stems from its having been released posthumously and compiled from manuscripts by an editor [...]

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