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Of Time And The River

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Of Time and the River is a 1935 novel by American novelist Thomas Wolfe. It is a fictionalized autobiography, using the name Eugene Gant for Wolfe's, detailing the protagonist's early and mid-twenties, during which time the character attends Harvard University, moves to New York City and teaches English at a university there, and travels overseas with the character Francis ...more
Paperback, 1035 pages
Published 1971 (first published 1935)
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Saxon
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of Time and the River picks up almost at the exact spot where Look Homeward, Angel ended. And much like its predecessor, this novel follows Eugene Gant with all the same passion and endless examination of the overbearing intensity of life in one's youth. However, unlike Look Homeward, Angel, this book is constantly moving. It is an endless search for a "what" and "where" that can only be known once it has been reached. Where Look Homeward, Angel delved deep into the unbearable idleness of youth, ...more
Kerri Thomas
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book on a monumental scale. Nearly a thousand pages long. It is the sequel to Wolfe's first novel, Look Homeward, Angel. It chronicles the main character of that novel as he moves from small town North Carolina in the early nineteen hundreds to Harvard, then New York and Europe. It is intensely emotional, very passionate, and, oh-so-descriptive of characters, places, emotions. It's a book that blows your socks off. Not for the faint hearted. I absolutely love it.
Guille
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las opiniones sobre Thomas Wolfe se movieron desde sus inicios entre aquellos que, como Faulkner, pensaban que era uno de los más grandes novelistas norteamericanos y los que, sin negarle el genio como escritor, destacaban por encima de todo su desmesura, sus excesos líricos, su incapacidad para dotar de forma y estructura a sus novelas.

Tras leer esta, me sitúo claramente en el segundo grupo. Como por las ventanas de ese tren en marcha -gran imagen que pierde su potencia a fuerza de repetición-,
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Kari
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wolfe
Wolfe is now one of my favorite authors. I visited Asheville last October, learned about Wolfe, bought Look Homeward Angel in the Visitor's Center, read that, and now finished Of Time and the River. I am looking forward to reading more Wolfe and have even thought about going back to Asheville. I think I would see Asheville differently now, after having read >1500 pages of Wolfe.
David Hamilton
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book and favorite author. Recommend this to anybody at any age, but will probably have more Impact on college students as it did me back when most of my life was in front of me and not behind me.
Jim
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful magnificent, slow-read of a book. A fictionalized auotbiography, as the author goes to Harvard, teaches, and travels to England and France. The writing is simply amazing. When he describes the contents of a refrigerator, I become hungry. Of friends he treats poorly, I become ashamed. Almost every paragraph has a noteworthy, profound or lyric passage. Truly a remarkable work.
Lucas
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that every young man (or person) should read. I read this freshman year of college. An absolute masterpiece. An inspiration to Kerouac as well as anyone else who has ever read Wolfe.
Descending Angel
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wolfe
A sequel to Wolfe's most famous novel Look Homeward, Angel. This is a looong book, just over a 1000 pages and after reaching the predictable ending i was asking myself, did this really need to be written?? It really serves no purpose ~ it's not that entertaining, doesn't really have a strong or rememberable story or characters and doesn't seem to say anything, it's pretty directionless in just about everything. It's a known fact that Wolfe wrote a hell of a lot and needed a good editor/editors, ...more
Anna
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uneven and lyrical, Of Time and the River could be described as an elegy. Wolfe's largely autobiographical prose (unconsciously or consciously) focuses on the dead: Eugene's father, brothers, friends, ancestors. "One lies in Oregon, and one, by a broken wheel and horse's skull, still grips a gunstock on the Western trail. Another one has helped to make Virginia richer. One died at Chancellorsville in the Union blue..." (8568). The list continues with the rhythm of the Chronicles of the Old Testa ...more
Bryan
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not much to really say about the book here. Much of what I got out of this is in my mind, inarticulate, felt. Which sounds terrible. So, for starters, the book is the most empathetic, humanistic, sensitive, fallible, poetic, rampant prose I have ever read. There is more human yearning and stern passion wretched out in that book, more human confusion and exultancy in there than anything I have read. This book goes far beyond Hamsun's "Hunger" and "Mysteries." I didn't get the sense that he really ...more
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Thomas Clayton Wolfe (October 3, 1900 – September 15, 1938) was an American novelist of the early twentieth century.

Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and novellas. He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing. His books, written and published from the 1920s to the 1940s, vividly reflect on
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