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The Arrangement [NOOK Book]

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To survive in this world, you've got to come to an accommodation, a compromise - an arrangement. For sexual and emotional survival, you need a marriage. For economic survival, you need a job, a career, success.

This is the stunning, unforgettable story of one man crashing out of his arrangement. Eddie Anderson, smothering behind the mask of "the man who has everything," a dynamic executive, a brilliant writer, married to loving patient ...
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The Arrangement

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Overview

To survive in this world, you've got to come to an accommodation, a compromise - an arrangement. For sexual and emotional survival, you need a marriage. For economic survival, you need a job, a career, success.

This is the stunning, unforgettable story of one man crashing out of his arrangement. Eddie Anderson, smothering behind the mask of "the man who has everything," a dynamic executive, a brilliant writer, married to loving patient Florence, obsessed by exciting and beautiful Gwen, explodes his arrangement. It's a devastating story. It just might jolt you out of your arrangement...
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Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly
"An exuberant and gutsy celebration of life... Superbly earthly in its treatment of love and sex, nicely offset by a prevailing mood of tenderness."
Saturday Review Syndicate - John Barkham
"For all its shock value (and its sex is frequent and specific), this is a novel you will gulp down and remember."
The New Republic
"It is impossible, in a short space, to give a work so rich, complex and subtle, its due; here is one of the finest novels out for a long time."
The New York Times - Eliot Fremont-Smith
"Chock-full of action, sex, punchy set-pieces... rollicking zest... nice, subtle surprises of observation."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016256030
  • Publisher: Renaissance Literary & Talent
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 509,013
  • File size: 719 KB

Meet the Author

Elia Kazan, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and also films written for the screen. He was a proponent of the "method approach" to acting, developed by Konstantin Stanislavski. Kazan received two Academy Awards for Best Director -- for the films Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and On the Waterfront (1954). Kazan also wrote the scripts for films about Greek immigrants to the United States, such as America, America (1963). These films were based on his novels. Kazan's autobiography, published in 1988, is "Elie Kazan: A Life".
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2010

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    A Forgotten Force

    Film director Kazan's breakout novel seems to have been forgotten by everyone who didn't live through its bestselling tour-de-force in the 60s (according to its cover, the book sold 900,000 copies worldwide). Perhaps modern readers wouldn't mind rediscovering this novel in light of the success of MAD MEN. Certainly book and show inhabit the same universe--a 60s ad-man at the top of his game, who came from nothing and has everything and who can't help but screw it up with a slew of affairs and spur-of-the-moment thrills, who changes his name because he's ashamed of his roots and is seemingly always on a quest to discover who he really is (it would be interesting to know if the MAD MEN writers drew inspiration from the book or its screen adaptation). THE ARRANGEMENT is well worth the read for its energetic prose, effortless humor, insight into 1960s LA and NY, and its bouts of poetic insanity (there has perhaps never been a mid-life crisis quite like Eddie's). Unfortunately, Kazan's Eddie Anderson begins to languish in the final third of this long novel. He spends far too much time seeking answers in a past that made him into the screw-up he's become and--though Eddie swears again and again that he is changing, that he has seen the light--his troubled introspection never brings him anywhere but right back into the same messes. Car crashes, arrests, a bullet wound, institutional commitment, nothing seems to impact Eddie in a meaningful way. In the end we're left believing that his restless spirit wasn't satisfied so much as run around long enough--like a manic dog that finally flops on his side--and he simply settles down with what he's left with. This is a bit disappointing considering we've come 500+ pages to get there, but THE ARRANGEMENT is still a magnetic read, written by a multi-talented artist, and it does deserve to be looked at by at least one more generation...

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