The Dylanist: A Novel

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Brian Morton's Starting Out in the Evening made its mark on the literary world, with a PEN/Faulkner Award nomination, a citation as one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and other honors. "This is what a novel is supposed to be," raved Newsday--and now, for the first time, Morton's debut novel is available in paperback. Telling the story of Sally Burke, a young woman raised by radicals who has inherited her parents' dissatisfaction with the world but not their passionate desire to change it, The...
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Overview

Brian Morton's Starting Out in the Evening made its mark on the literary world, with a PEN/Faulkner Award nomination, a citation as one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and other honors. "This is what a novel is supposed to be," raved Newsday--and now, for the first time, Morton's debut novel is available in paperback. Telling the story of Sally Burke, a young woman raised by radicals who has inherited her parents' dissatisfaction with the world but not their passionate desire to change it, The Dylanist is "a compelling portrait of a generation as lost, though not nearly as self-importantly tragic, as any that F. Scott Fitzgerald described." (L.A. Weekly)

"Wonderful....All I can say is: This is one to buy, to read. It echoes in the brain, as your own life unfolds."-- Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times

"Astonishingly mature."-- E.L. Doctorow

"Sly wit...he may be to Sally's generation what Ann Beattie is to those a decade older--not the most flattering chronicler, but one of the truest."-- Philadelphia Inquirer

"A book to savor."-- Boston Sunday Herald

Starting Out in the Evening hit #13 on the Independent Bestseller List, was named a New York Times Notable Book and one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year, was a co-winner of the first annual Koret Jewish Book Awards, was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award, and was chosen for Salon's annual list of Favorite Books
Outstanding reviews for this "first novel of unusual merit" (New York Review of Books)
Delves into an era of great current fascination: "Morton has captured perfectly the feeling of growing up in the '60s and '70s" (Boston Sunday Herald)
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this accomplished first novel, Morton perceptively charts the unextraordinary course of Sally Burke, daughter of former Communists, who grows up in the 1970s without a commitment to causes such as those that shaped the lives of her parents. Her mother a dedicated, radical teacher, her father an idealistic union leader, Sally drifts through high school in suburban New Jersey and college (she transfers from Oberlin to Sarah Lawrence), never finding goals to aim for. She lives for a while with her writer boyfriend in Boston, but finally, wrenchingly, faces her limited love for him and moves to New York City. There she works as a teaching aide and meets Ben McMahon, a labor organizer who labels her a Dylanist: ``You don't believe in causes. You only believe in feelings.'' Morton's restrained and unencumbered prose gives authoritative weight to the quiet drama of Sally's coming-of-age, a period marked by her mother's cancer scare and her father's death, in which she, her parents and Ben are substantial, convincing characters. (Aug.)
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Sally Burke is a ``Dylanist''--she doesn't believe in causes, only feelings. The daughter of a labor official father and radical mother, she struggles to find her time and place in the world. Sally is representative of a whole generation that came of age after the Sixties--struggling with the quiet after the storm of activism in which she was raised. Sally feels out of step with the rest of the world--``off the history train.'' ``If she were to be written about she'd be written about as a victim of a blank time, a time in which you couldn't fill in the blank with anything but your own bare personality.'' This is a touching first novel by an American male novelist (an editor of Dissent magazine) who is remarkably able to write from a woman's point of view.-- Kathy Ingels Helmond, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425172261
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2001

    Outstanding!!

    This is a wonderful book. I think that people that are looking for adventure in their lives should want to know about this book. It goes into depth about certain types of things. So read it and experiance your own adventure and thrill seeking

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