A novel of the Fifties. Michael Devlin is going through his third divorce and trying to go back to a time when his life was simpler and he was understood.
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- New York, New York, and Cuernavaca, Mexico
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- Brooklyn, New York
- Mexico City College, 1956-1957; Pratt Institute
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Although I'm a woman, and this story is most definitely about men, and from the perspective of a young man, I greatly enjoyed reading it. The fact that most of it is set in the mid 50's actually made it much more enjoyable, for the education of what life in that decade was like. The book tackles self-discovery and personal growth, romantic love, racial relations, homosexuality (in the world of the military), and many other themes from the era. It was funny, sad, poignant, all at the same time. I had a hard time putting it down, and I'll now search out any other novels by this author.
I picked this book up at the library and was not able to complete it. It took a while to get it again, but I remembered exactly where I left off a couple of months before, and was able to get right into the story without backtracking. It is a memorable story that shows how racial and gay tensions existed in 1953, and this young man's journey of learning. The intricacies of this learning through experience is one that we can all relate to in one way or another. Pete Hamill is now one of my absolute 'must read' authors.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book of Pete Hamill's....he really makes Manhattan come alive for me....so interesting to read of events of my lifetime.