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Ten North Frederick Read & Download ↠ 109 ´ ✵ [BOOKS] ⚦ Ten North Frederick By John OHara ✿ – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk This is the story of a family of the 'best' people living in Gibbsville Pa Three generations of the Chapin family are portrayed with intimacy and uncompromising clarity Many other people at all levFamily are portrayed with intimacy and uncompromising clarity Many other people at all levels of the soci. John O'Hara is a literary descendant of Sinclair Lewis If you like that brand of naturalism then I highly recommend Ten North Frederick O'Hara considered part of a novelist's job to be a social historian so the novel is filled with significant and perhaps not so significant minutiae of life in Gibbsville PA based on O'Hara's hometown Pottsville from the 1880s to the 1940s reading which approaches tedium I say approaches because a very engaging ironic humor is always just below the surface One also gradually realizes the presence of an affecting concern for decency and the value of genuine love and friendshipThe heart of the story is the life of Benjamin Chapin who aspires to be President of the United States a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth who learns too late that he has sidestepped the real sources of happinessThe book is worth reading because we're all confronted with the same danger and O'Hara brings the harsh and poignant reality of this situation home with his convincing hard edged realism

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Al ladder are portrayed as well and Ten North PDF or what they do and say to one another is often shocking. Who thinks they can and should be president Joe Chapin does Why He's born rich went to an Ivy League College now is a successful lawyer in high society and free from scandal He hates FDR refers to him as our friend and wants to run on a conservative platform to bring America back to its former glory O'Hara tells the story of 3 generations of a wealthy small town family He explores wealth and social status is that all it takes to be president and gives a panorama of small town early 20th century life He has a reporter style but it's his characters who share their observations and the meticulous details of their lives two characters reflect that not too many homes have speaking tubes any a doctor describes the physical changes of cirrhosis back room politics is not implied it's shown O'Hara doesn't say a character is fat he tells you the character's weight and height he doesn't use euphemisms or hyperbole to describe a character's drinking habits he tells you that a character had two martini's at lunch three before dinner and then 3 after dinnerand after a few years they became double martinisO'Hara's stories come off as history and this gives the observations on aging society relationships the weight of a truth Annie Dilliard said how we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives O'Hara would expand that thought to include the small details offhand conversations the hardly noticed trinkets that have been in our kitchen for the past 20 years and ultimately these details not only make up our lives but our communities neighborhoods towns and country The title refers to the main character's address a part of town once fashionable but now becoming defuncta full cycle that concluded almost 100 years ago We are not outside observers in these stories we recognize we are part of similar cycle and these stories help us recognize our placeSometimes O'Hara as narrator comes off as someone who enjoys being too revealing or revels in a reputation to shock But overall an enjoyable readI've come to the conclusion that the safest way to live is first inherit money Second marry a woman that will cooperate in your sexual peculiarities Third have a legitimate job that keeps you busy Fourth be born without the taste for liuor Fifth join some big church Sixth don't live to longSeventh figuratively speaking carry a rabbit's foot

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Ten North FrederickThis is the story of a family of the 'best' people living in Gibbsville Pa Three generations of the Chapin. Ten North Frederick by John O’HaraThere is here in the biography of Joe Chapin nothing that could not have been seen or heard by the people whose lives were touched by Joe Chapin’s life Whatever he thought whatever he felt has always been expressed to or through someone else and the reader can judge for himself the truth of what the man told or did not tellWinner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 1956 Wow what a spectacular novel another one for my six star bookshelf O’Hara is known as the truth teller of the mid 20th century life of the upper middle class His writing is sandwiched somewhere — both in the age he lived and the subject matter — between say Edith Wharton and John Updike His characters are always drawn with clarity They avoid speaking about the things most important and precious to them I think this is the key to O’Hara’s realistic dialogue its often what is not saidThe novel begins at the funeral in 1945 for the main character Joe Chapin a prominent lawyer in Gibbsville PA We don’t know how Joe died but it appears to be heart related Joe has a wife Edith son Joe and daughter Anne The rest of the book goes back in time and proceeds from Joe’s childhood to his courtship with Edith and then on through their lives The novel eventually ends at Joe’s funeral and comes full circle Joe does not fulfill many of his dreams but rather than being depressing it reads as being very real There are no devilish plot twists in this book and most of the plot is telegraphed in advance So in summary it’s a story about well drawn characters and of course the house at Ten North Frederick that anchored several generations of Chapins Illicit affairs figure prominently in this book which is typical of the O’Hara novels that I’ve read While none of the characters including Joe are heroes by anyone’s measure they are not despicable either I could not help but feel for each of the characters who were having the affairs — all people who would probably be well heeled guests at your dinner party Five stars I also loved O’Hara’s first novel Appointment in Samarra