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Publication date Young Lonigan is a novel by James T. Plot[ edit ] The story begins in , as year-old Studs is graduating from a Catholic elementary school. Patrick Lonigan, a genial undemanding father, is a successful painting contractor. He plans to send Studs to a prestigious Catholic high school, where he hopes his athletic son will become a football star. Studs seems to have a bright future in many ways: he is intelligent, popular, a good athlete, and an imaginative boy with a good heart.

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Shelves: classics , social-commentary One of my great heroes, Studs Terkel -- born Louis Terkel-- adopted the name Studs because he was so affected by this book. There is so much to talk about. In a nutshell, the book is incendiary; powerful; and eerie in its contemporary feel. Anyone who has ever glorified a past they never lived as being more "moral" or genteel? Should read this tour de force and quickly. They should have their One of my great heroes, Studs Terkel -- born Louis Terkel-- adopted the name Studs because he was so affected by this book.

They should have their eyes opened to a time that was as squalid and vicious and banal as anything we can conceive today. In fact the parallels with 21st century America are striking. This gloomy decade is, in fact, the perfect moment to dust off Young Lonigan and explore the raw wounds of an American life before the slightly civilized gloss we have constructed for ourselves post WWII.

Typically, it received much attention and mixed reviews. Ten years after Studs Lonigan was published, this same reviewer was still finding reasons to knock it in print! This is a book a reader will either love or loathe. I consider it a counterpart to Atlas Shrugged in this sense In my opinion, the main difference between Atlas and Studs is that James T.

Farrell can actually write well while Rand leaves me with a nasty taste in my mouth. Others will no doubt feel the opposite. I loved the book as Terkel did. Most agreed that he was a talented writer with a powerful story. Some felt he tried too hard to sensationalize his subjects.

One of my favorite review excerpts is from The New Republic, dated 21 March, "A distinguished and outstanding contemporary novel. One pushes through it with accelerating speed, unable to drop the thing.

And it leaves one shaken. The parents are a model of immigrant thrift and industry. Though limited in their own education and scope, they have plans for their children and offer them a good home. The sisters take advantage of finishing their high school educations. The same chance is offered to Studs. Studs fritters away his opportunity, ditches school often enough to be expelled and, after a period of loafing, begins to work for his father. Studs sees himself as many lower class males do.

The need to be tough and to wield influence on the street He cannot take a longer view as a young man. The parents worry but also rationalize his behavior and put their hope in the Catholic Church. In the first third of the book Studs "has the stuff alright".

He has a fairly grandiose sense of himself and his future. Studs dreams big but lacks in the follow-through. Studs and his gang are tough guys. They fight and gamble and drink until they fall over in the street. The gangsta wannabees of the past 20 years have nothing on them.

Modern youth did not invent partying or promiscuous sex or other forms of risk taking. Studs and his boys visit "can houses" brothels Studs loses his virginity in a "gang shag" at age 15 or The girl is game and known in the community for being an eager participant with the right guys.

She does, however, refuse her services to a Jewish boy who has somehow gotten in with the Irish gang. The story of Davey Cohen is one of the many side lines in this Big Read And there are some beautiful passages about his inner life. He thought of dusk coming upon the poet on his mattress grave, another day of life robbed from his twisted body. Outside, in the rain, dusk came too, robbing Davey of another miserable day. The library closed and the hours had seemed like minutes. The contrast between lyric writing and brutish and ugly language is pronounced.

Studs and his circle punctuate nearly every paragraph with slurs. The theme of neighborhood change In the earlier s the Irish, themselves, were dogs. Now they have advanced in the social pecking order and dole out the same rough treatment they received to the "shines" and "Kikes" and "polacks" and "bohunks" they see edging into their parish.

Like that waiter Christy in the restaurant who was a Red. It is however, a reminder of how this generation thought and spoke. Studs Lonigan was born at the turn of the 20th century -- the same era as my own grandparents. I recall how the old folks talked when I was a kid. Many still used these terms in a very matter of fact manner.

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Shelves: classics , social-commentary One of my great heroes, Studs Terkel -- born Louis Terkel-- adopted the name Studs because he was so affected by this book. There is so much to talk about. In a nutshell, the book is incendiary; powerful; and eerie in its contemporary feel. Anyone who has ever glorified a past they never lived as being more "moral" or genteel? Should read this tour de force and quickly. They should have their One of my great heroes, Studs Terkel -- born Louis Terkel-- adopted the name Studs because he was so affected by this book.

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Apr 13, Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it He remembered Sister Bertha saying that God tested you with temptations of sins of the flesh, and if you were able to withstand them you neednt worry about not getting into Heaven. Ninety-nine per cent of all the souls in Hell were there because of sins of the flesh. Hell suddenly hissed in Studs mind like a Chicago fire. And all the heads of the damned kept bobbing up, bobbing up.

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