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North River By Pete Hamill,

  • Title: North River
  • Author: Pete Hamill
  • ISBN: 9780316340588
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Recreating 1930s New York with the vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks, Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one man s simple courage that no reader will soon forget.It is 1934, and New York City is in the icy grip of the Great Depression With enormous compassion, Dr James Delaney tends to his hurt, sick, and poor neighbors, who include gangstersRecreating 1930s New York with the vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks, Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one man s simple courage that no reader will soon forget.It is 1934, and New York City is in the icy grip of the Great Depression With enormous compassion, Dr James Delaney tends to his hurt, sick, and poor neighbors, who include gangsters, day laborers, prostitutes, and housewives If they can t pay, he treats them anyway But in his own life, Delaney is emotionally numb, haunted by the slaughters of the Great War His only daughter has left for Mexico, and his wife Molly vanished months before, leaving him to wonder if she is alive or dead Then, on a snowy New Year s Day, the doctor returns home to find his three year old grandson on his doorstep, left by his mother in Delaney s care Coping with this unexpected arrival, Delaney hires Rose, a tough, decent Sicilian woman with a secret in her past Slowly, as Rose and the boy begin to care for the good doctor, the numbness in Delaney begins to melt Recreating 1930s New York with the vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks, Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one man s simple courage that no reader will soon forget.
    North River Recreating s New York with the vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor family and one man s simple courage that no reader will soon forget It is

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    1. Onvan North River Nevisande Pete Hamill ISBN 316340588 ISBN13 9780316340588 Dar 352 Safhe Saal e Chap 2007

    2. I knew before I finished that I would score this one 5 stars It s a love story, but so much than a love story Dr Jim Delaney and Ruth Verga are people you would be proud to know Not because they are such perfect people they re not but because deep down they are good, honest, and courageous people There is a short interview with the author in the edition I read, and he says he made the Greenwich Village neighborhood one of the characters of the story Aha, I thought, that s at least part of what [...]

    3. This book was strange for me It was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading it, but when I finished I realized it wasn t really that good I think the problem for me was that the book seemed like it was leading up to something really big I kept waiting and waiting for it, but it turned out to be extremely anti climatic.

    4. More reviews at The Story Within The StoryNew York City of the mid 1930s is in the grips of the Great Depression and Dr James Delaney is alone with his work While he tends to the sick and injured all around his neighborhood, his daughter has left for Mexico and his unforgiving wife has vanished But when Delaney returns home one snowy night, he finds his three year old grandson in front of his house with a note from his daughter Overwhelmed, Delaney hires a tough Sicilian woman named Rose to take [...]

    5. I ve never read anything by this man before My father was born in Hell s Kitchen, I myself grew up on the NY streets, and I was curious to see how Hamill portrays this very interesting depression era From what I can glean, it s historically accurate, and while I don t particularly care for this guy s style I have to admit I got a thrill reading about my territory In fact, I wanted like, WHERE on 18th Street It s a good, fast paced novel, and Hamill makes his reader care about his characters I m [...]

    6. With rich characters and a treatment of setting that drops you into time and place perfectly, it s hard to see what some readers aren t liking about this book I guess they were hoping for something plot driven with big twists or some kind of wild climax I suspect they are hoping for something either darkly noir or, conversely, a much lighter conventional romance Instead, they get something that stays in the real space between a story with people who are exceptional but still believable, a plot [...]

    7. This book is a must read for any one who lived and loved in Brooklyn after the war Pete Hamill has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you are a part of the story Fantastic read.

    8. Reviews can bounce between extremes depending upon the reviewers It helps to find someone who shares similar taste and that you know that if they like a book, you will most likely enjoy it as well Oddly enough, this person for me is Tom Hanks Yes, the actor Tom Hanks I subscribe to his myspace blog because usually in the Fall he posts the books that he read over the summer and includes commentary His taste is eclectic, and has caused me to read books I might not have picked up otherwise Tom Hank [...]

    9. I was surprised that this book did not have a higher rating and readers, as I found it quite lovely Perhaps I was predisposed to like it since the main character, Dr James Delaney, reminded me quite strongly of my grandfather, also a World War I veteran and doctor practicing during the Great Depression Though my own grandfather lived and worked in small town Indiana rather than urban New York, his quiet competence, his strong ties to the community in which he lived and worked, and his compassio [...]

    10. Pete Hamill s book, North River is peopled by a cast of Runyonesque type characters who should be both colorful and interesting, but, somehow, come across in this story a little flat Perhaps that was a reflection of the times the 1930 s, at the height of the Depression.I love New York City, and reading about its history The only thing I seemed to learn about New York from this novel, however, is that Washington Square was once a potter s field I didn t know that.I seem to remember enjoying both [...]

    11. It was OK But what I was looking for was typical Hamill gritty and sharp And the first couple of chapters led me to believe I was going to get just that But then the story devolved almost to the point of being a Chick Book with nice, safe, predictable characters and an ending to match One thing even off putting than the story s predictability was Hamill s obvious respect for the Tammany Hall machine that still had power in the early 30s I don t think I ve ever heard Tammany Hall referred to wit [...]

    12. After reading this book I closed it and made a fart noise Boring I gave it two stars because it at least had enough plot to get me through to the end And it drove me crazy how the main characters kept referring to the grandson as the boy and boy Who does that in real life

    13. If you have read Hamill s Downtown, you ll know he constantly refers to the nostalgia imbued into the City, and here in this novel he harkens to the nostalgia of 1930 s NY While this is a sweet love story between a middle age Irish doctor and a tough Sicilian woman, Hamill s approach is a bit heavy handed with the history and pedantic in the suspense He also plays it safe with his characters as nothing bad happens to them even though they are surrounded by danger on all sides and the mysteries a [...]

    14. Overall this was a good read with some minor annoyances A 40ish Irish doctor in the West Village in the Great Depression His wife has gone missing for a year, their marriage was not blissful since WWI some 18 years before , his daughter is flighty married to a Mexican revolutionary The daughter dumps off her 3 year old son and journeys to Spain in search of her husband The lonely doctor takes in the boy and hires a 30ish Italian woman to care for him Of course they all bond and he comes to life [...]

    15. James Delaney is a local New York City doctor during the Depression who takes care of his neighbors and his WWI veteran comrades, who also happen to be mobsters Delaney s wife and daughter, both of whom never got over his voluntary enlisment in the war, both have disappeared, leaving him lonely, self doubting, frozen lots of too obvious freezing thawing imagery One wintry day Delaney arrives home to find his grandson left on his doorstep He hires an illegal immigrant, a younger Sicilian woman na [...]

    16. I read Pete Hamill books for many reasons, but one is because I love to see how he plays out his adoration for New York City The city is than a location for Hamill, it is a character in his writings The man is in love with the place, its setting, history, people, quirks and sites Through him, I get glimpses into the New York of the past, in the days before chain stores and globalization It s one of the main things that keeps me reading Hamill he keeps declaring his love, and I keep exploring th [...]

    17. Set in the early 1930 s in New York, Dr Jim Delany has returned to his medical practice after serving in and being wounded in World War I But he feels empty and lonely His wife has deserted him, and his daughter has eloped with her Mexican husband His life suddenly changes when he finds his 3 year old grandson on his doorstep his daughter has gone to find her missing husband Delany hires an illegal Italian immigrant, Rosa, to act as the child s caregiver while he tends to his practice Predictabl [...]

    18. I enjoyed this book It s not as good as Forever , another of Hammill s books, but it is written in a similar style and does well at making the reader feel as if they are in New York in the 30s The characters are rich and Hammill does a good job at moving the plot along at a quick pace I lost track of the time in the book periodically and had trouble really understanding why Delaney was in this predicament The true richness of this book, however, are the characters themselves Hammill is wonderful [...]

    19. North River, my first book by Pete Hamill Thank you Susan Well I m a fan Just a lovely story with such interesting characters Dr Delaney and Rose are such a blessing to Delaney s grandson Carlito I loved how this little boy changed their lives and brought them together I haven t been to New York since my junior year in high school Hamill makes me want to go back I m looking forward to reading books by this author.

    20. The premise of this story was interesting A doctor in the 1930 s deals with WWII, the depression, gang crime and life in New York City Then his daughter leaves her 3 year old son in his care while she goes off chasing her runaway husband I like the narrative and the story that develops between the main characters, but after awhile, it got predictable and boring Some stronger editing could have made this book a winner.

    21. Everything Pete Hamill writes I absolutely love Not only does he tell great stories with people that are real true, he uses NYC as a character also I always fall in love with NY in his stories just like I fall in love with the Midwest in Kent Haruf s books The settings are characters in and of themselves.

    22. This book was about a struggling doctor during the Great Depression He cares for his patients, his young grandson and the live in caretaker As the story unfolds, love grows stronger.

    23. I love Pete Hamill and the way he writes puts me right in the story This is a great novel that I didn t want to end

    24. It is 1934, and New York City is in the icy grip of the Great Depression With enormous compassion, Dr James Delaney tends to his hurt, sick, and poor neighbors, who include gangsters, day laborers, prostitutes, and housewives If they can t pay, he treats them anyway But in his own life, Delaney is emotionally numb, haunted by the slaughters of the Great War His only daughter has left for Mexico, and his wife Molly vanished months before, leaving him to wonder if she is alive or dead Then, on a s [...]

    25. North River, by Pete Hamill Little, Brown, 2007 audiobook read by Henry Strozier New Year s Day, 1934, Dr James Delaney Mourning the disappearance of his wife Molly, sad that he has spoiled his daughter Grace, who has run off somewhere with a Red husband, partly crippled by a WWI wound that kept him from becoming a surgeon, worn down by life, but tending to his patients, the poor, whipped, drunken, wife beating, frightened, struggling Irish of the West Village He saves the life of Eddie Corso, a [...]

    26. I loved this book almost as much as I loved the first book of his I read Forever It has everything you want in a book suspense, romance, family, sense of place, food, and a good plot, too.A NYC doctor lives alone during the Depression not knowing where his daughter and her child are or what happened to his missing wife He is a good man who spends long hours serving the people of his neighborhood The setting immerses you in the time period so well that you feel you are living it He also served in [...]

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