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Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk
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Jan 28, 12

bookshelves: unfinished
Read from December 14, 2011 to January 28, 2012

I read YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE in 1972 - I'd first noticed it in the library in the mid-1960s, attracted by the orange dust-jacket of the hardcover edition and the size of the book. I had a lot more time to read in 1972, apparently, because it's one among many rather lengthy books I read that year - however, I've only managed 56 pages since beginning it earlier this week.

I'm not sure how aware I was back then that this was essentially a roman á clêf about Thomas Wolfe, and that characters such as Frieda Winter and Waldo Fipps were based on Aline Bernstein (Wolfe's lover) and Maxwell Perkins (Wolfe's editor at Scribners), though I've certainly been aware of this in the years since. And I wonder what today's readers can make of it, not knowing.

Anyway, I have nothing else going right now, so we'll see.

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