Studs Lonigan: a trilogy

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Library of America, 2004 - Fiction - 988 pages
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An unparalleled example of American naturalism, the Studs Lonigan trilogy follows the hopes and dissipations of its remarkable main character—a would-be “tough guy” and archetypal adolescent, born to Irish-American parents on Chicago's South Side—through the turbulent years of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. The three novels— Young Lonigan, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, and Judgment Day—offer a vivid sense of the textures of real life: of the institutions of Catholicism, the poolroom and the dance marathon, romance and marriage, gangsterism and ethnic rivalry, and the slang of the street corner. Cited as an inspiration by writers as diverse as Kurt Vonnegut and Frank McCourt, Studs Loniganstands as a masterpiece of social realism in the ranks of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrathand Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy.

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Review: Studs Lonigan (Studs Lonigan #1-3)

User Review  - John - Goodreads

I tried this book after a passing reference somewhere that it was high on a best novels of the 20th century. Not high on my list--I abandoned after a hundred pages or so. Hard to keep the characters straight, Studs' charracter redeveloped a dozen times, and the plot going nowhere. Bye bye. Read full review

Review: Studs Lonigan (Studs Lonigan #1-3)

User Review  - Bayneeta - Goodreads

First read on the sly from my parents' bookshelf for the "naughty parts." Reread later for the brilliance of Farrell. Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Pete Hamill, editor, is a celebrated novelist and columnist who currently writes for the New York Daily News. He is the author of eight novels and two collections of stories, including Forever and Snow in August.