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Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir (Vintage) [Paperback]

Anatole Broyard
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24 Jun 1997 Vintage
What Hemingway's A Moveable Feast did for Paris in the 1920s, this charming yet undeceivable memoir does for Greenwich Village in the late 1940s. In 1946, Anatole Broyard was a dapper, earnest, fledgling avant-gardist, intoxicated by books, sex, and the neighborhood that offered both in such abundance. Stylish written, mercurially witty, imbued with insights that are both affectionate and astringent, this memoir offers an indelible portrait of a lost bohemia.

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  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition (24 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679781269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679781264
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone fascinated by New York City, especially the birth of the beat period, I found Broyard's writing witty and sentimental. He gives wonderful descriptions of the various writers and artists that inhabited Greenwhich Village after the war, and vividly paints a picture of a progressive period in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Romantic Reminiscence 25 April 2003
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A book for readers, if you know what I mean. Broyard evocatively captures the feeling of being young, in love with life and full of creative potential in the Village. In the spirit of Gatsby he worships at the feet of writers, poets, painters and thinkers who have self-made their personalities like works of art. He talks of love and the discovery of sex with the semantic precision of a literary critic and passionate wit of a bar-fly intellectual. The fact that the author never finished the memoir makes it even more of a romantic artefact. Broyard and 'Kafka Was the Rage' are caught in a state of eternal potential, like a flies in amber. It's sad though in a whistful sort of way. As for Fitzgerald's lost generation, the East Coast brand of anti-establishmentism and sexual liberation at the end of the Second World War had uncertainty, fear and a lost innocence as its psycho-sematic itch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greenwich - caress it, inhale it and love it. 30 May 2007
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I recently participated in a cultural and gourmet walking tour around the village. It was a most enjoyable few hours, well led by Michael, a resting actor, which stirred my desire to experience what it might have felt like to be part of the nascency of the post-war New York City beat generation.

My good but superficial introduction was transported by Anatole Broyard's memoirs into a more comprehensive grasp of the prevailing atmosphere in Greenwich Village during the late 1940's. Flesh was added to the skeleton together with smells, touch and insight. It is not an autobiography in the conventional sense but a series of recollections which graphically paints the canvas of the era.

The reader is a fly on the wall of the author's life, loves, bohemian acquaintances and perceptions. For Greenwich Village to beome multi-dimensional this book is a must read.
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