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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 1999
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
on 19 March 1999
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 1997
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
on 10 May 1999
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 1998
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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on 13 February 1999
This book was brilliant and I couln't put it down. It grabbed me and almost put me into the book, Wouk really did a great job of making me want to read more. The Characters were well described and written perfectly into the folds of the household and life of Marjorie. It was fantastic.
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on 19 December 2013
This is a perfect novel for a young girl with aspirations. I found it compelling reading the first time around. Have now bought it for my granddaughters. Hope they love it as much as I did.
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on 19 June 2014
I read this book many years ago, print is very small, but it will be a wonderful book as I remember it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2005
Marjorie Morningstar is about a pretty, principled, talented Jewish girl who lives in NYC in the 30's. She really wants to do stuff other than get married to a nice wealthy Jewish boy, and tries to be an actress and work in the theatre, then just tries to support herself somehow- but she keeps getting knocked back, and falls in love with the wrong man....and isn't in love with the men who end up doing really well and adore her- the book keeps going on about how the bloom really goes off a girl when she turns 19, and 30 is well middleaged. She ends up marrying a nice lawyer, even though he never really loves her the same way again after she confesses that she slept with one other man...and moves to the suburbs and has kids- the last bit of the book is by one of her ex-admirers being v. condescending about how he'd gone to visit her and hardly recognised her because she was 40- shudder! and greyhaired, due to all the family trauma she'd suffered since her marriage, and he ties up the book by saying how sad it was that she was just a dowdy ole matron, and how pathetic she seemed. It's really good, but just heartbreaking.
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