A Hall of Mirrors
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A Hall of Mirrors

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Rheinhardt, a disk jockey and failed musician, rolls into New Orleans looking for work and another chance in life. What he finds is a woman physically and psychically damaged by the men in her past and a job that entangles him in a right-wing political movement. Peopled with civil rights activists, fanatical Christians, corrupt politicians, and demented Hollywood stars, A...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 2nd 1997 by Mariner Books (first published 1966)
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Eli
It's just ridiculous for a first novel to be this good. Yes, it sometimes wanders off into purple Beatness (which was one of the things I loved when I first read it way back when, and less so now) but it's still so rich and earthy and funny, and even when the humor is mean, there's a compassion to it that Stone didn't always bring to his later books. Rheinhardt is the kind of smart bitter wastrel that Stone has written about a lot and he's very good at writing that kind of dialogue (I still crac...more
Adam
Stone’s first novel is harrowing portrait of America on the utter edge of despair and destruction. This is surreal American poetry of unease; which has been compared to Lowry (the chemical addled rants and prophetic visions), Conrad (the “Hollow Men” Reinhardt and Sailor Farley), Nathaniel West (the deranged riot echoes the ending of Day of the Locust), and Chandler. Set in a Jim Crow era New Orleans (recast as a hell out of Bosch or Dante), but its unholy vision of conservative talk radio, fals...more
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Θα σας μεταφερω την εμπειρια μου απο την ενασχοληση μου με το "κλασικο on the road μυθιστορημα" (οπως αυτοχαρακτηριζεται στο εξωφυλλο) "Η αιθουσα με τους καθρεφτες".
Δυο κοινωνικα κατακαθια, ο αλκοολικος Ράινχαρτ και η καταρρακωμενη Τζεραλντίν,ψαχνοντας για δουλεια γνωριζονται μεταξυ τους.
Ενα φλυαρο οδοιπορικο,μια αδιαφορη περιπλανηση και η αναγνωση γινεται αγγαρεια.
Αυτοι ειναι-δυστυχως-οι αμερικανοι συγγραφεις (αναφερομαι και στον Τζων Σμολενς με τις "ψυχες στον παγο"),αυτα ειναι τα εργα της κλα...more
Ericpegnam Pegnam
I like the idea of this novel but Robert stone doesn't carry it off. I read it several years ago but remember it as a weird cross Hemingway/Mailer's tough guy poses and Faulkner's southern decadence and meandering sentences. All his suggestive ambiguity which with Faulkner's best takes you someplace but at his worst seems a lot like "A Hall of Mirrors" I liked Stone's Dog Soldiers much better. The dialogue is funny and creepy and the characterizations seem spot on. Read that one instead.
Hamilcar
I remembered reading a story by Stone in college that felt right. I read it a few more times. Then I somehow forgot Stone's name when I wanted to read something else he'd written. Browsing in Browser Books recently his name appeared in my mind and I found the story in a collection next to this book on a shelf.

A HALL OF MIRRORS will now sit next to THE MOVIEGOER by Percy, but I don't know exactly if it goes there. It has a different effect, it's flashier somehow. It's the 60's and you know it, b...more
Jeff Jackson
3.5 stars. Compelling for its insightful portrait of extreme right-wing politics, showing the complex and sophisticated ways businessmen harness issues of welfare, race, patriotism, and religion to dupe an under-educated populace and magnify their hateful messages using talk radio. Written in 1964, this must have seemed brazenly cynical and paranoid at the time, but now it reads like a practical playbook for how things are done. There are brilliant set pieces full of dark comedy and the surreal...more
steve
Wonderful portrait of New Orleans and the entire Southern mood in the early 60s. A must-read for anyone who has been to New Orleans or wants a view of the civil rights turmoil that goes beyond the flashpoints in Selma and Montgomery.
James
Started off promisingly, but I lost the thread later in the book. Interesting historically as a beat novel just before the sixties.
Kurt
I love Robert Stone, but this first novel gets a little too distracting toward the end when Stone loses control of his plot.
Ryan Van Runkle
This is the one. Stone is a just and gentle God not that uptight Narc in Psalm 74.
Charlaralotte
Sorry, but no cigar. Too dismal and slow-moving for my taste. Had to give up.
Grim-Anal King
File with Last Exit to Brooklyn (last chance to turn around).
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ROBERT STONE is the author of seven novels: A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers (winner of the National Book Award), A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, and Bay of Souls. His story collection, Bear and His Daughter, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2006.
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