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Marjorie Morningstar (Hodder Great Reads) [Paperback]

Herman Wouk
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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26 Jun 2008 Hodder Great Reads

In 1930 sixteen-year-old Marjorie Morgenstern lives with her family on the edge of Central Park. She has just come out into New York society. Her mother hopes for a glittering marriage to a good man, but Marjorie has other ideas.

Spending the summer working as a drama coach, she falls desperately in love twice over: with Noel Airman, a musician, as reckless as he is talented; and with a dream to defy her destiny as a Jewish wife and mother and become a star of the stage. Why should she settle with being another Mrs Morgenstern, if she can succeed in the heady world of show business as Marjorie Morningstar?

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (26 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034095390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340953907
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Herman Wouk's most solid achievement . . . a major novel.' (Saturday Review)

'In the tradition of the great novel - spacious, abundantly peopled, shrewd, observant, humane.' (New York Herald Tribune)

Very good reading indeed. (Maxwell Geismar, New York Times)

Its locale is Central Park West, Hunter College, and West End Avenue; its characters almost all Jewish; its appeal universal. (Sunday Mirror)

This tender love story . . . sticks with me still (Washington Post)

'I read it and thought, "Oh my god, this is me."' (Scarlett Johansson)

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Wouk's outstanding achievement, and the publishing event of 1955, now reissued as a Great Read

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read classic 4 Sep 1999
By A Customer
I first read Marjorie Morningstar five or six years ago, and have reread it several times since. In my opinion it's an all-time classic. Mr. Wouk does an excellent job on character development and also vividly describes American (or at least New York) values and aspirations from the 1930s to the post-war days of the 1950s. Mr. Wouk artfully manages to keep the plot flowing throughout the (large) book by covering a broad range of topics and scenes yet, at the same time, not wandering too far from the book's central theme.
Marjorie Morningstar often seems to be thought of as a "woman's book" but it's not; I'm a male reader and was captivated with Mr. Wouk's work. Back in 1955 the book was THE publication of the year, resulting in a TIME Magazine cover story about the book's prominence.
Also strongly recommended: Youngblood Hawke, another epic novel written several years later by Mr. Wouk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest book i've ever read 19 Mar 1999
By A Customer
my mother recommended this book to me at the beginning of 8th grade, and at first i was hesitant to read it due to its size. i finished it wishing it would be longer! the experiences marjorie has are extremely interesting, and she is an amazing and inspiring character. her relationships are particularly fun, and full of surprises. i will never love a book as much as i love this one, and ever since i've had trouble enjoying what i read. this book truly had an impact on me, and i'll never be the same. readers will treasure it for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one book every young woman should read 9 Oct 1997
By A Customer
This is beautifully written story tells of a young woman who is desperately trying to find her identity. It is "classic" New York City during the 1950's when girls went to fraternity drags and still wore white gloves. It is a story of passion, love and desire. Marjorie takes you into her world, shares her pleasure and her pain and always, as the reader, you are hoping for the best for her. From her affluent, jewish parents, to her playwright boyfriend her world includes characters of rich color.
This was Herman Wouk's first novel and, as a woman, I believe his best. If you have only heard of such Manhattan landmarks as Schraff's or the bridal path Central Park, by the time you finish this book, you will certanly feel as though you have been there yourself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read 10 May 1999
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This novel by Herman Wouk is by far one of the best pieces of literature that are available today. I laughed and cried, and I stayed up all night finishing this book. It truly had an impact on me, and I will remember it forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better the second time. 25 Jun 1998
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I first read this book as a 15 year old young woman who, like Marjorie, wanted to be anything except what her mother was. I was saddend by the the ending and vowed that it would never happen to me. I read it again recently as a mother of my own teenage daughter, and now see the ending as a victory. Mr. Wouk understands a young girl's dreams and an adult's reality. This is, without question, the best novel I have ever read, which is why I have read all 600 pages at least 6 times over the last 20 years.
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