Friday, August 14, 2009

90. The Late George Apley

By:  John P. Marquand
Rated 4 Stars
From:  Library

This is another one of those books that I saw listed as "Forgotten Pulitzer Prize Winners" and decided to give it a try.

It was worth my time as I found it very interesting but very sad.   A perfect example of a person caught up in a web of the circumstances of his life and whom the readers just knows would have been so much happier had he been born into a "lower class" family.  It was an close look at how people who are "high society" and "the right sort" live behind closed doors.  As I said, sad.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Sweeping us into the inner sanctum of Boston society, into the Beacon Hill town houses and exclusive private clubs where only the city's wealthiest and most powerful congregate, this novel gives us-through the story of one family and its patriarch, the recently deceased George Apley-the portrait of an entire society in transition. Gently satirical and rich with drama, the novel moves from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression as it projects George Apley's world-and subtly reveals a life in which success and accomplishment mask disappointment and regret, a life of extreme and enviable privilege that is nonetheless an imperfect life.

About the Author
John P. Marquand (18931960) wrote several widely admired and bestselling novels, among them the Pulitzer Prizewinning The Late George Apley (1937), Wickford Point (1939), and H. M. Pullham, Esquire (1941). He was the author also of the highly successful series of Mr. Moto detective novels.
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