Youngblood Hawke

Youngblood Hawke In this huge novel of nearly pages from the author of The Caine Mutiny Marjorie Morningstar War and Remembrance etc about an aspiring young author s assault on the citadel of New York publishin

In this huge novel of nearly 600 pages from the author of The Caine Mutiny, Marjorie Morningstar, War and Remembrance, etc about an aspiring young author s assault on the citadel of New York publishing, Wouk s hero Youngblood Hawke launches his career with an oversized manuscript that becomes an instant success Toasted by critics and swept along on a tide of popularity,In this huge novel of nearly 600 pages from the author of The Caine Mutiny, Marjorie Morningstar, War and Remembrance, etc about an aspiring young author s assault on the citadel of New York publishing, Wouk s hero Youngblood Hawke launches his career with an oversized manuscript that becomes an instant success Toasted by critics and swept along on a tide of popularity, he gives himself over to the lush life that gilds artistic success It is a story of a young writer caught up in the glamour and intrigue of life at the top in New York, and suggests the life and career of Thomas Wolfe.The 1992 paperback was re issued in April 2004, and became widely available again in Britain, where it had enjoyed success in the early 1960s.

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  1. Herman Wouk is a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned a B.A from Columbia University in 1934, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and studied under philosopher Irwin Edman Soon thereafter, he became a radio dramatist, working in David Freedman s Joke Factory and later with Fred Allen for five years and then, in 1941, for the United States government, writing radio spots to sell war bonds He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to a traditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mid 20s.Wouk joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans Wouk served as an officer aboard two destroyer minesweepers DMS , the USS Zane and USS Southard, becoming executive officer of the latter He started writing a novel, Aurora Dawn, during off duty hours aboard ship Wouk sent a copy of the opening chapters to Irwin Edman who quoted a few pages verbatim to a New York editor The result was a publisher s contract sent to Wouk s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa The novel was published in 1947 and became a Book of the Month Club main selection His second novel, City Boy, proved to be a commercial disappointment at the time of its initial publication in 1948.While writing his next novel, Wouk read each chapter as it was completed to his wife, who remarked at one point that if they didn t like this one, he d better take up another line of work a line he would give to the character of the editor Jeannie Fry in his 1962 novel Youngblood Hawke The novel, The Caine Mutiny 1951 , went on to win the Pulitzer Prize A huge best seller, drawing from his wartime experiences aboard minesweepers during World War II, The Caine Mutiny was adapted by the author into a Broadway play called The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, and was later made into a film, with Humphrey Bogart portraying Lt Commander Philip Francis Queeg, captain of the fictional USS Caine Some Navy personnel complained at the time that Wouk had taken every twitch of every commanding officer in the Navy and put them all into one character, but Captain Queeg has endured as one of the great characters in American fiction.He married Betty Sarah Brown in 1945, with whom he had three sons Abraham, Nathanial, and Joseph He became a fulltime writer in 1946 to support his growing family His first born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a tragic accident as a child Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance 1978 to him with the Biblical words, He will destroy death forever In 1998, Wouk received the Guardian of Zion Award.Wouk is still alive as of March 2014 and living in California.

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  1. from the moment i picked up this book, it utterly destroyed my will to live My very soul became subsumed by a crumbling, mildewy dime story copy printed in the early 60s Breaths came in gasps, food lost all meaning, time seemed to fall away in kaleidoscopic ellipses, blocks of hours would pass without context I have no explanation why the novel grabbed me so strongly, except to say that 10 pages in I was Youngblood Hawke and i read each word as if it were my future sent back in time to warn me A [...]


  2. A perennial favorite, Youngblood is just a great book, presenting a perfect picture of the New York literary world of the late forties and early fifties, with a main character who seems like a very real person I ve re read this many times the last time I looked through it, I thought, Well, I ll just browse and skip a bit , and wound up rereading the entire novel in two days I just couldn t put it down Although Wouk is an advocated of old fashioned values like fidelity and honesty, he s not cloyi [...]


  3. The story of an aspiring novelist who, after his first book is accepted, encounters various challenges such as legal entanglements, love affairs, unfulfilled romances, and an obsession with money It s the kind of book a reader gets lost in.


  4. I absolutely loved this beautiful bountiful giant of a book Delicious in so many wayse main character of Youngblood Hawke, a powerful, brooding, thoughtful, reckless, passionate, curious, and life devouring writer whose journey as a novelist and American dreamer kept me spellbound As a lover of NYC the time period in which the book takes place, New York in the 40 s and 50 s, was wonderful to experience Read this book Go on a journey of fine story telling


  5. June July 2015 My 2012 attempt at re reading this book stalled out see below However, a couple of weeks ago I got an unexpected urge to try this book again, and though I got off to a slow start, after a few days I was into the book for the long run I m currently 478 pages in than halfway with 400 left to go Although Wouk s prose is occasionally long winded, it does carry the story along, though a bit of tightening here and there wouldn t have hurt There are, perhaps, too many cocktails and too [...]


  6. I first read this book 24 years ago and it made a big impression on me I think it is Herman Wouk s best novel Youngblood Hawke is a driven writer from the south who makes it big and makes big mistakes Supposedly he is loosely based on Thomas Wolfe though the story is set in the 1940s ans 1950s This book along with The World According to Garp made me want to be a writer.It is a big brawling book about publishing in America, the movies, and how to make huge financial mistakes There are John O Hara [...]


  7. A young man full of vigour in than one way, of mind and body and creative facility, shot to fame with his first book published and for good reason, and he has not only ideas but elaborate plans of many many books he sets out to write But he is innocent in ways of the world and learns at a cost to his health and creativity, to his heart and to his whole being The publisher, the agent, the high society that takes him up including the wealthy married woman who has him in her sights and soon in he [...]


  8. Yes, it s pop fiction, but ol Youngblood was an inspiration to me when I read about him as a young wannabe writer Wouk reworks the life of Thomas Wolfe Hawke is from Kentucky instead of North Carolina to paint an intriguing picture of literary life in New York City in the first half of the 20th Century Wolfe lived fast, loved hard and died young, so his fictionalized life includes lots of jazzy material about booze, sex, love, greed, literary ambition and death.


  9. I love Herman Wouk s books, and this is one of the best It is the totally gripping saga of a young novelist, his books and his various relationships with women and money, a fascinating read though the stretches that describe law relating to mining land can get a bit tedious in places I have read it so many times I ve had to buy a new copy as the old one was falling to bits A cautionary tale for anyone who thinks the life of a novelist is all plain sailing


  10. This book is like Everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarten It is life, love, loss, success, failure, corruption, infidelity, scandall, disaster, redemptionl in a big, bustling, lovely tome of a novel.It is lucious and impossible to put down An epic story A must read.


  11. A book about the new kid on the block writer whose work becomes the hot item in New York and later Hollywood Didn t think I was going to like it but it grabbed me and dragged me along for 600 pages and I hardly noticed Easy to read and interesting all the way.


  12. What I learned from reading this book is that sometimes another person s favorite book is something you will love, but often, it isn t.


  13. Just browsing and GoodReads have read this one.Don t remember when but do remember I was very impressed with it.Deserves to be read again



  14. I read this book over and over when I was much younger Read my tattered paperback to pieces, in fact I hadn t read it in years, but was suddenly struck with the need to reread it, so I found a hardback copy online Seems to be a first edition, lucky me It s been over 20 years since I last read it, and I was surprised to discover how very well I remembered it, and how very viscerally it affected me, even as many times as I ve read it I was probably about Hawke s age the last time I read it, and I [...]


  15. I just finished reading, for the second time, this doorstopper by a Pulitzer winning bestselling novelist, about a bestselling novelist who writes doorstoppers and wins the Pulitzer Herman Wouk could certainly draw on experience for his account of the rollercoaster career of Arthur Youngblood Hawke who goes by Youngblood Hawke professionally Hawke is on a personal quest to unite artistic integrity with the American Dream his goal is to have a million dollars in the bank so that he will be free t [...]



  16. I read it in 5 days so people don t exaggerate on the length with some reading experience its easily feasable


  17. If you don t know already that Youngblood Hawke is Number One on my Top Ten List, now you do Before my review, I m going to give you ten reasons why this book sits on top of my pile Its main character, Youngblood Hawke, is someone you instantly like, despite his flaws and weaknesses I love his good nature The rest of the many characters are weak and strong in different ways and very realistic A couple of them you will love to hate Others are good and honorable, but their weaknesses often surface [...]


  18. AKA Breaking Books The great Herman Wouk s epic, view spoiler heartbreaking hide spoiler , drama of a young writer sucked into a destructive and glamorous world of fame, fortune, and love Sounds like a blurb by a rather inexperienced, enthusiastic writer of such, doesn t it That s because I LOVED this book Not only because its protagonist is a young writer who actually made it to published success I am a young, aspiring writer but because Wouk s skill at the craft and character and wit and prett [...]


  19. This is a big book But, the author uses the space wisely The characters are developed slowly that s good, for me His style of writing is descriptive, yet journalistically objective The writer in the plot was supposed to be Thomas Wolfe But, we see thr entire publishing process through the eyes of the young writer, and that makes the novel a thrilling piece of catharsis It would be trivial to say they just don t write them like this anym sometimes, cliches are appropriate It s disappointing, thou [...]


  20. I am a big fan of Herman Wouk, Hermie, if I may He is a spectacular author that carries you so vividly though the life and times of the characters of his stories.Youngblood Hawke follows the rise of author Arthur Youngblood Hawke, from his start as a Kentucky hillbilly as he travels through the fame and fortune that is Hollywood and New York life in the 40s and 50sAll the characters are likeable and endearing, even the villans and minor ones, with interesting turn of events to follow throughout [...]


  21. It s a mammoth 780 pages, but it doesn t lag and the story telling keeps you turning pages, so it doesn t feel like a slog to get through I really enjoyed entering the whirlwind life of Art Youngblood Hawke set in 1940 50 NYC It s got a bit of everything the publishing world, Broadway, Hollywood, small town life in Kentucky, McCarthyism, great loves, great passions, great characters that you love and hate It s worth reading, just to see what life was like for working women sixty or seventy years [...]


  22. I enjoyed the book though it took me a good while to finish it I stopped reading it to read other books over a four and 1 2 year period I didn t forget the characters in all the time it took me to read it A young novelist from a small Kentucky town taken in by his fame and fortune and how he manages it and how he is managed Money, politics, romance, treachery, tragedy, etc It is all there and the book is big Not a hold on to your seat novel, just life in the 40 s and early 50 s.


  23. This is the story of a young man who feasted on himself, of a man whose arrogance and ambition drove him through the heady world of 1950s publishing and into disaster You want to kick him a thousand times as Youngblood Hawke squirms and squirrels his way to the top, barely mindful of the human wreckage he leaves behind him But it is one terrific story that hauls you along like being tied to a rocket.


  24. I took my sweet time re reading this I read it the first time many years ago, and didn t remember it very well, although I did know that although I thought it was fabulous I hated the ending I still think it s fabulous and I still hate the ending But what a book, the kind that you really fall into and become utterly engrossed with the characters And what great atmosphere of New York City in the forties and fifties.


  25. I can t believe I m finally done with this thing There was some good story, good characters, and good emotion here, but it was so buried in all the rest if the stuff There was a lot of repetition and it felt like it was trying too hard to be a big book I would have personally liked it cut down significantly.


  26. One of the best books about the ups and downs of being a writer supposedly I know Anthony Burgess was keen on it, but Burgess also liked the deeply naff Naked Lunch Unusual for books of this type, there isn t much introspection or I m a tortured artist bullshit It is longer than it needs to be, and sags, as ever, in the middle I gather the writer is based on Thomas Wolfe.


  27. I read this after college at a time when when I could read anytime, anywhere, and for as long as I wnted to It was a great book as were the others Wouk authored War and Remeberance and Winds of War I could identify with Hawke who seemingly got further and further in over his head I could see myself in his shoes not that I ever did naything noteworthy, but I could indentify


  28. Excellent story that is told with amazing energy by Herman Wouk I m biased as my dad s side of the family is from Kentucky and my wife loves Manhattan, but this is a tremendous story told in an excellent way.


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