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The Last Angry Man

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The seismic shifts in American life in the years following World War II have inspired several generations of novelists, but few have described the fallout of those changes as poignantly and with as much understanding as Gerald Green did in The Last Angry Man, published in 1956. At a time when the world had begun to focus on angry young men, Green created a magnificently an ...more
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Published October 15th 1980 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1956)
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Kressel Housman
This novel is based on the life of the author’s father, a Jewish doctor who remained in his old neighborhood in Brooklyn even when it turned into a slum. The fictional Dr. Sam Abelman is a real moral ambiguity. On one hand, you see his heroism in his dedication to his patients, but on the other, he’s exactly as the title says - an angry and bitter man.

The premise is that a television producer is doing a show on the doctor’s life. As he interviews Sam and the people who know him, you see all the
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Sharon
"There aren't enough people left who get mad, plain mad. Not mad for a cause or a purpose, but just generally mad at all the bitchery and fraud. We take fraud for granted. We accept it. We like it. We want to be had. That's where he was different. He knew he was being cheated and he didn't like it one tiny bit, whether it was some old biddy doing him out of his two dollars or a corporation telling him they made better cathartics. He was the last angry man."

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Allison
This was an interesting character study, but I'll have to say it took a while for me to get into it. I was also amazed to learn that the concept of reality tv was alive in the 1950s.
Jonathan
One of the better books I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the portrayal of an extremely angry old man as the hero to be very fascinating.
Donna
A book sale find. I’m not sure if the vintage cover caught my eye or the title. Mainly I bought it because the title describes my boyfriend!

I didn’t know there were two movies made of the book, one with Paul Muni and later a made for tv movie with Billy Dee Williams. My surprise was the story was based on the author’s father. And quite the story it was. It was gritty, rough and tough and held my interest.

Dr. Abelman was indeed quite the hero. Perception is so fickle…interpretation can go so ma
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Green attended Columbia College, where he edited the Jester, starred in several Varsity Shows, and was a member of the Philolexian Society. He graduated from the college in 1942 and, after serving in the US Army in Europe during the Second World War, where he was also the editor of the army's Stars and Stripes newspaper, he returned to New York to attend the Columbia Journalism School.

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