The Great Fake Book

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  • Title: The Great Fake Book
  • Author: Vance Bourjaily
  • ISBN: 9781555840037
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
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    See enpedia wiki Vance_BoVance Bourjaily, a novelist whose literary career, like those of Norman Mailer and James Jones, emerged out of World War II and whose ambitious novels explored American themes for decades afterward.Mr Bourjaily pronounced bor ZHAY lee never achieved the top rank of recognition that was predicted for him after publication of his first novel, The End of My Life, in 1947, and he figured prominently when critics made lists of writers who were underappreciated or whose promise had gone unfulfilled But he had a long and substantial career in letters of the sort that was far prevalent a half century ago than it is today.Not only a serious novelist, Mr Bourjaily was also a teacher who spent than two decades at the Iowa Writers Workshop and five years at the University of Arizona before becoming the first director of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at Louisiana State University He worked as a journalist and an editor He wrote short stories, essays and reviews He was also a serious literary socialite Everyone came to Bourjaily s parties in the early 1950s, Esquire magazine said about him in the 1980s, naming Mailer, Jones, William Styron and others as attendees At one party Mr Bourjaily introduced Jones to the actor Montgomery Clift, a pairing that would lead to one of Clift s signature roles, the brooding bugler Prewitt in the film version of Jones s novel From Here to Eternity Mr Bourjaily s novels often explored what it meant to be an American at a particular historical moment His second book, The Hound of Earth 1955 , grounded in the cold war, is about an Army scientist who has gone AWOL in guilt ridden flight after contributing to the development of the atomic bomb His third, The Violated 1958 , a psychologically astute profile of four characters over 25 years a period with World War II at its center prompted the critic Irving Howe to write that Mr Bourjaily was one of the few serious young novelists who has tried to go directly toward the center of postwar experience His other books include Confessions of a Spent Youth, a picaresque, autobiographical tale largely about the war and sex The Man Who Knew Kennedy, which tells of the decline into suicide of a young man who seemingly has everything, and which reflects Mr Bourjaily s view that the nation s golden postwar years were curtailed by the assassination of the president in 1963 and Brill Among the Ruins, a Vietnam era parable focusing on a middle age Midwestern lawyer.As generally well reviewed as these and other books of his were, Mr Bourjaily seemed always to be measured against his first, The End of My Life, which was commissioned by the editor Maxwell Perkins while Mr Bourjaily was still in the Army The novel, about a young man coping with his war experiences, was lavishly praised by the critic John W Aldridge in his influential book After the Lost Generation Aldridge drew comparisons to Fitzgerald and Hemingway No book since This Side of Paradise has caught so well the flavor of youth in wartime, Aldridge wrote, and no book since A Farewell to Arms has contained so complete a record of the loss of that youth in war Vance Nye Bourjaily was born in Cleveland on Sept 17, 1922 His father, Monte Ferris Bourjaily, a Lebanese immigrant, was a journalist who became editor of the United Features Syndicate His mother, Barbara Webb, wrote feature articles and romance novels.


  • A very interesting and frustrating book to read Written in the form of letters, a diary, newspaper articles and the occasional conversation it can be hard to follow It also jumps back and forth in time from the end of World War Two to the Iranian hostage crisis during President Carter s administration The author, Vance Bourjaily, states, I was trying to hear and quote my people, rather than describe and discuss them I enjoyed the characters and all the different styles of writing and speaking Th [...]

  • An interconnected mess of forms, letters, dialog only chunks, and journals telling a father and son s stories in two different time lines I took a while to really grab me, but eventually did with a great tragic love story in the past storyline.

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