An American classic in the vein of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, the first book of James T. Farrell's powerful Studs Lonigan trilogy covers five months of the young hero's life in 1916, when he is sixteen years old. In this relentlessly naturalistic yet richly complex portrait, Studs is carried along by his swaggering and shortsighted companions, his narrow family, and his educational and religious background toward a fate that he resists yet cannot escape.
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Review: Young Lonigan (Studs Lonigan #1)User Review - Andrea - Goodreads
While it took me until about 30 pages in to get into this book, it's a poignant portrait of a young Irish-American coming of age in 1916 Chicago. Perceptions of race and masculinity develop on this, the first book, in the Studs Lonigan trilogy. Read full review
Review: Young Lonigan (Studs Lonigan #1)User Review - Jake Berlin - Goodreads
one of those books that reminds you that people in the past really did have all of the same thoughts, feelings, fears, etc. that we have now -- and that people have always had, of course. this is a ... Read full review