Butterfield 8

Butterfield 8

A Novel

Book - 1935
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Publisher: New York, Modern Library, c1935
Characteristics: 310 p. 19 cm

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MeOwnEyes
Mar 04, 2017

Well written novel moves among many players in NY around the great depression. Many elite, some just weathering the circumstances. Since her adolescence, men have had an alluring attraction to Gloria, she in return has developed a street smart essence of her desires. Time is spent, & well described, in the many speakeasy clubs of the time. Relic, small, hard covered book that has endured it's time well @ SPL.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 11, 2014

I'm not sure what happened to the reputation/status of John O'Hara (1904-1970). His first novel, "Appointment in Samara" is on Modern Library's 100 best novels of the 20th century, his books "BUtterfield 8" and "Pal Joey" were turned into successful films and he holds the record for published stories in The New Yorker. Yet he's somewhat neglected now, which is a shame, as his writing is angry, alive and astute, resembling a more working class Fitzgerald or a better Updike. His second novel deals with adultery, drinking and general unhappiness during the depression and was made into a movie with Liz Taylor. "O"Hara understood better than any other American writer how class can both reveal and shape character."-from the introduction by Fran Lebowitz

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lukasevansherman
Jan 11, 2014

I'm not sure what happened to the reputation/status of John O'Hara (1904-1970). His first novel, "Appointment in Samara" is on Modern Library's 100 best novels of the 20th century, his books "BUtterfield 8" and "Pal Joey" were turned into successful films and he holds the record for published stories in The New Yorker. Yet he's somewhat neglected now, which is a shame, as his writing is angry, alive and astute, resembling a more working class Fitzgerald or a better Updike. His second novel deals with adultery, drinking and general unhappiness during the depression and was made into a movie with Liz Taylor.
"O"Hara understood better than any other American writer how class can both reveal and shape character."-from the introduction by Fran Lebowitz

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