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Up in the Old Hotel (Vintage Classics) Kindle Edition

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"This is a book about New York as it was a long time ago… Mitchell is interested in the texture of the city. He loves the cops and bums and old Italian restaurants. After a while you really feel engrained in the place yourself" (William Leith Evening Standard)

"Swift, razor-sharp characterisation, narrative suspense and the sparest, yet most penetrating description" (Evening Standard)

"One of the greatest journalists America has produced" (Times Literary Supplement)

"What James Joyce might have written had he gone into journalism" (Newsweek)

"A poet of the waterfront and a writer of surpassing tales that captured the unsung and unconventional life of New York and its denizens" (Independent)

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'Mitchell bottled and preserved more of the soul of New York than any man before or since; Up in the Old Hotel is required reading for anyone who wants to hear the lost voices of the city' Tim Adams, Observer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2174 KB
  • Print Length: 738 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BSOMJ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joseph Mitchell writes and I become the wiser. His first story on McSorley's Irish Pub prompted my visit to same last week when I visited NY. The visit made me pick up Mitchell's book and read it all over again. Every story is worthwhile despite subjects that would, at first, seem uninteresting. His profile of Joe Gould was one of the best pieces of non-fiction writing I can recall. If only a dozen guys in the world could write this way about real people.
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By A Customer on 11 May 1999
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Unless you have an extraordinarily adept system of tracking the books you've lent to friends (or friends far more diligent than mine) you should strongly consider buying two copies. I lent my hardcover to a friend, and mourn it. I will lend it no more, having made the same mistake with a subsequent softcover. This is a book into which you can escape. It is alternately hiliarious, troubling, deeply sad. You can pick it up and read one piece or go through it cover to cover. Mitchell was a genius. Brilliant non-fiction writers like John McPhee and Tracy Kidder had their way paved for them by Mitchell... wanna see courage in print? Here it is.
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Mitchell might've been a genius. This is an incredible book filled with personalities and observations of the human condition that are simply unforgettable. His depictions of people and places are deeply felt, and New York is as alive as it ever was. A true classic. Astoundingly good.
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Joe Mitchell had a great job.
He went to his office every day; sometimes he wrote something, sometimes he did some editing, attended a meeting or two. He'd take off and wander around outside, but not around mid-Manhattan. He'd roam lower New York - the areas that are now the places to live and work, but in the 30s, 40s and 50s were the backwaters of the city - and he'd watch the water. And then he'd - sometimes and not in a hurried way - write about the parts of his adopted city that he was most fascinated and grabbed by and he'd write about the people he met. His writing wasn't strict reportage, but his writing conveyed underlying truths and conveyed and relayed stories honestly.
This collection is more than a recorded oral history, or a document of the city: it's of the city and from the city and imbued with the city. Mitchell is on every page - the writing is glorious - and yet he's not more than a shadow at times as he allows his characters the room and space to breathe and live. Mitchell died in the late 90s, and hadn't published anything for decades (though he still showed up at the office) but writing is alive and creates a vivid, tangible and now gone New York.
I can't recommend this collection highly enough.
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Up in the Old Hotel is a collection of humorous stories about everyday people. I would highly reccomend it to anyone. Many of the stories had me laughing out loud. Up in the Old Hotel is a little peek into the past since the stories were written in the 30's to 40's era. The essays include descriptions of people and a few places. The reader is really able to see how these people lived and how they interacted with the world and people around them. I highly commend Josheph Mitchell for writing this funny, enlighting, intuitive book for readers of all ages.
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By A Customer on 28 July 1997
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I think that any book that can make you truly long to be back in a place that you miss with all your heart is the mark of a true classic. "Up in the Old Hotel" does just that. Included here are stories of bearded ladies, clammers, eccentrics, American Indians and many of the other people residing in the most wonderful city in the whole country. That of New York City. Their lives are brought out and put into writing by Joeseph Mitchell, formerly a reporter for the New Yorker magazine. He gives these people such dignity and grace, that they almost transcend their oftentimes sparse existence. Every story is a masterpiece. There are about 25 non-fiction accounts, and 6 fiction, but the characters of the non-fiction tales are just that. Characters. The line between fictiona and non blurs due to the incredible detail and persona of these wild and charming residents of the metropolis they call home.
I don't anymore, but I used to live in New York myself. This book was more than enough for me to realize that I have to move back there as soon as I can. I would feel very proud to have the people Joeseph Mitchell displays as my neighbors. I feel like I already know them.
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By A Customer on 25 Jan. 1998
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While strolling in Soho, a friend dragged me by the ear into a small bookshop, bought this book for me and told me I had to read it. This kind of situation seldom works out for the best -- so many people have pressed mediocre books into my hands over the years, and I have slogged through them out of guilt. This volume hooked me from the start -- I very nearly missed by plane back home that day, as I became so deeply engrossed in it. Mitchell somehow managed to hold on to a wide-eyed wonder and appreciation for all things human throughout his long life. To read this book is to understand that below the surface of things -- old abandoned hotels, the oysters on one's plate, the raving lunatic on the street corner -- is a complex, moving, eloquent, fascinating story, available to anyone who would invest the necessary time, effort and love to extract it. Few of us can summon the necessary energy, but Mitchell could. I can't think of anyone who would fail to be interested in these stories, but New Yorkers past and present should, in particular, find this book fascinating.
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