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Manhattan Beach: A Novel di Jennifer Egan
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Manhattan Beach: A Novel (originale 2017; edizione 2017)

di Jennifer Egan (Autore)

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Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.… (altro)
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Titolo:Manhattan Beach: A Novel
Autori:Jennifer Egan (Autore)
Info:Scribner (2017), Edition: First Edition, 448 pages
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Manhattan Beach di Jennifer Egan (2017)

  1. 10
    Quello era l'anno di Dennis Lehane (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These compelling, sweeping novels offer richly descriptive historical settings, memorable characters, and ambitious narratives that incorporate social turmoil and crime. The Given Day is set at the end of World War I; Manhattan Beach during World War II.… (altro)
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    Grandpa Green di Lane Smith (Whisper1)
    Whisper1: This is a wonderfully illustrated book with a beautiful accompanying story.
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    Beate noi di Amy Bloom (Ciruelo)
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Jennifer, you broke my heart. This book was such a disappointment. I re-read your first book, the Invisible Circus, the week before tackling Manhattan Beach... an unwise decision in hindsight. I have not just enjoyed, but LOVED, everything else you have written, up to but excluding MB. I hold out hope that this very minute, you're writing the final pages of another brilliant book that will make up for this... let's call it a speed-bump. Fingers crossed! ( )
  joecanas | Mar 28, 2021 |
I'm reading from my book shelves. This is one I selected because it was on the shelf for awhile.

The plot seemed disjointed. Though, I was pulled into the background of theBrooklyn Naval Yard. And the information regarding World War II, and the idea that the main character was a woman who tenaciously learned how to dive underwater to repair the large ships that needed small and large repairs.

There is a background of mafia interaction, and when Anna's father disappears, she strongly knows it was his ties to the underground that were his demise.

There were some good things about the book, including the hard work that women performed while men were at war, and the fact that Anna was given training as a diver.

I can't recommend it, but I saw from the review that many thought highly of this book. ( )
  Whisper1 | Feb 25, 2021 |
I could see this was well written but it just didn't interest me and when I saw it was headed into gangster territory, I didn't continue – on TV, film or in books – any art form wasted on heists, thieves, thugs of the underworld, forget it! boring and unsettling, with no payoff.

I'm sorry to miss out on the rewards that I can see other readers have got from it. ( )
  Okies | Feb 18, 2021 |
I had only ever read Egan's Goon Squad previously, and I've pretty much forgotten it by now, though my recollection is that it was sort of off beat. This one struck me as much more of a straight narrative, and I liked it a lot. I don't often see books in my head as I read them anymore, but I did see much of this one. I also heard it, imagining the various accents the characters used. I thought she did a nice job with the characters (whom I both liked and didn't), and the plot felt real without being dull, and indeed with some neat historical interest. Also it's just shot through with Melville (starting with the epigraph), which is generally a good hook for me. This is a fine, fine book. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Is it possible to give a book 10 stars. I absolutely loved this book, it is probably the best book I have read in years. Why? The characters were compelling and complicated. The setting of war-time New York came alive for me. The plot was almost always surprising. The beginning and the end were perfectly aligned. Not to mention an added bonus of being about women breaking barriers, love between a father and a daughter and some sizzling sex scenes. My love of this book surprises me because I just couldn't get Visit from the Goon Squad but I'm so happy I ignored that. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
Egan has wisely chosen not to compete with “Goon Squad” and its postmodern razzle-dazzle. Instead, her new book leaps into the past, offering us a story built on sturdy older forms polished to a high sheen.

“Manhattan Beach” — longlisted for a National Book Award even before it was released — is a historical novel set during World War II in New York....All the harbor details — from the dangerous mechanics of underwater work to the irritating chauvinism of Navy officers — feel dutifully researched. The whole novel, in fact, boasts its tweedy historical accuracy...All these strong currents — from noir thriller to family drama to wartime ad­ven­ture — eventually return to the private moment that opens “Manhattan Beach.” If that ending is surprisingly hopeful, it’s never false, and it dares to satisfy us in a way that stories of an earlier age used to.
 
They may also understand, rightly, that this will turn out to be a more traditional novel than the raucous and inventive “Goon Squad,” although the two books offer many of the same pleasures, including fine turns of phrase, a richly imagined environs and a restless investigation into human nature....Thus, the mystery of “Manhattan Beach” resides not in whether these three will meet again, but when. And a central satisfaction of the novel resides in how far-flung Egan’s characters will become and what varied terrain they will explore, before being inevitably drawn back together..Turning their backs on the crowded constraints of their urban lives, all three look to the ocean as a realm that while inherently dangerous also promises the potential for personal discovery and an almost mystical liberty. This is a novel that deserves to join the canon of New York stories.
 
Unpredictably, Egan has written something that looks at first glance like a traditional historical novel.

A work of remarkable cinematic scope, Manhattan Beach portrays the lives of an Irish family in Brooklyn, set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and then the second world war...Egan’s decision to withhold crucial scenes until late on ends up feeling disappointing, even if one can appreciate the reasons for her doing so...This is a novel that will pull you in and under and carry you away on its rip tides. In particular, Anna’s plight as a woman whose will is larger than her circumstances is dramatised with tremendous power. Its resonances continue to wash over the reader long after the novel ends.
 
The subject matter of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan's latest novel, Manhattan Beach, is not particularly revelatory. The book's overarching themes are certainly well-worn, its characters the kind we're accustomed to. The book tackles precarious familial bonds, secrets and lies, love and lust, abandonment and individualism – all ideas we've encountered in literature many times before..What is revelatory, however, is how beautifully drawn, vivid and moving this familiar setup is when crafted by Egan's skilled hand. Although the basic structure and setting is perhaps standard, her talent renders it anew – making Manhattan Beach a sparkling, lush epic of a novel....But more than any other ingredient, it's the complex dynamics that propel this human tragedy where Manhattan Beach finds its deepest strength. Even when we can predict the unravelling that is to come, it is no less enthralling. The experiences of these characters ring true, as do their flaws, their desires and their downfalls.
 

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Luck was the single thing that could rearrange facts. It could open a door where there was no door. A crooked game was worse than unfair; it was a cosmic violation.
"If wishing could make men die, there'd be nary a live one left."
“… this was the problem of men and women, what made the professional harmony he envisaged so difficult to achieve. Men ran the world, and they wanted to fuck the women. Men said “Girls are weak” when in fact girls made them weak.”
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Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.

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