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Rich Man, Poor Man
     

Rich Man, Poor Man

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by Irwin Shaw
 

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In the early parts of the novel Shaw goes to great lengths to make the point about “Jordache blood” – violent, bitter, resentful. One of the ways he does this is by meticulously describing the hate-filled marriage of the parents, Mary and Axel. The novel is told in the third person omniscient point of view but never wholly objectively, often

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In the early parts of the novel Shaw goes to great lengths to make the point about “Jordache blood” – violent, bitter, resentful. One of the ways he does this is by meticulously describing the hate-filled marriage of the parents, Mary and Axel. The novel is told in the third person omniscient point of view but never wholly objectively, often through the lens of the consciousness of one of the five family members. When told through the POV of either Mary or Axel the view of humanity, and of the Jordache family, is relentlessly bleak and pessimistic.
The tripwire that sets all of the ensuing plot action in motion occurs when Gretchen Jordache begins an affair with the president of the company she works for, Teddy Boylan, a man much older than herself. Eventually her brothers Rudolph and Thomas also become involved with Boylan, in different ways, and it is his influence upon all three that first springs each of them into the world beyond the small upstate New York town where their parents scrape by with their bakery. Boylan constitutes their first true encounters with an adult beyond their parents.In the early parts of the novel Shaw goes to great lengths to make the point about “Jordache blood” – violent, bitter, resentful. One of the ways he does this is by meticulously describing the hate-filled marriage of the parents, Mary and Axel. The novel is told in the third person omniscient point of view but never wholly objectively, often through the lens of the consciousness of one of the five family members. When told through the POV of either Mary or Axel the view of humanity, and of the Jordache family, is relentlessly bleak and pessimistic.
The tripwire that sets all of the ensuing plot action in motion occurs when Gretchen Jordache begins an affair with the president of the company she works for, Teddy Boylan, a man much older than herself. Eventually her brothers Rudolph and Thomas also become involved with Boylan, in different ways, and it is his influence upon all three that first springs each of them into the world beyond the small upstate New York town where their parents scrape by with their bakery. Boylan constitutes their first true encounters with an adult beyond their parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781681059266
Publisher:
Some Good Press
Publication date:
03/12/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
314,207
File size:
439 KB

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Rich Man, Poor Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
wrynsnest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in high school and really enjoyed it. It had everything from drama, suspense and romance. For some reason the book popped into my head and I thought I would love to read it again. So went online on my nook to order and was disappointed that I could not get it. So I guess I will have to buy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book so many years ago, and decided to read it again. I am so glad that I did. I had forgotten just how wonderful the character development is, and the storylines....looked forward to picking up my Nook to read each night. Highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys a generational type family saga.
boxingfan1 More than 1 year ago
I HAVE READ IT THREE TIMES AND STILL GET EXCITED. BAGGERMAN THIEF ALMOST AS GOOD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a book of the same title but by a diffwerent authos.
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