[Ebook] Theophilus North: A Novel By Thornton Wilder – Reliableradio.co.uk

Theophilus North: A Novel Marking The Thirtieth Anniversary Of Theophilus North, This Beautiful New Edition Features Wilder S Unpublished Notes For The Novel And Other Illuminating Documentary Material, All Of Which Is Included In A New Afterword By Tappan Wilder The Last Of Wilder S Works Published During His Lifetime, This Novel Is Part Autobiographical And Part The Imagined Adventure Of His Twin Brother Who Died At Birth Setting Out To See The World In The Summer Of 1926, Theophilus North Gets As Far As Newport, Rhode Island, Before His Car Breaks Down To Support Himself, Theophilus Takes Jobs In The Elegant Mansions Along Ocean Drive, Just As Wilder Himself Did In The Same Decade Soon The Young Man Finds Himself Playing The Roles Of Tutor, Spy, Confidant, Lover, Friend, And Enemy As He Becomes Entangled In The Intrigues Of Both Upstairs And Downstairs In A Glittering Society Dominated By Leisure Narrated By The Elderly North From A Distance Of Fifty Years, Theophilus North Is A Fascinating Commentary On Youth And Education From The Vantage Point Of Age, And Deftly Displays Wilder S Trademark Wit Juxtaposed With His Lively And Timeless Ruminations On What Really Matters About Life, Love, And Work At The End Of The Day Even After A Visit To Newport Probably my most favorite book It has a touch of magic and something we can all relate to the endless quest to figure out who we are and how we fit into the world around us. I feel like an old lady at a health resort, reading about a really nice young man, who is so sharp witted and gentle that one can almost imagine how handsome he is The above is going to be expanded on and spoilers are going to be added.On the whole, it seems like a book about a self righteous piece of shit smart assing around town This guy is a teacher and went to college, but he seems to have been alert to human condition and has learned how to be smooth to the point of actually helping mentally and socially challenged people He knows a gazillion European languages as well as some ancient ones and makes use of his knowledge as he gets his jobs in Newport, reading aloud in tongues to rich people and instructing kids in lawn tennis The book is broken into chapters, each of which presents a social, psychological, medical or other problem connected to a certain member of society, the protagonist being summoned or feeling compelled to rescue the person in question from their predicament He construc Continuing our f2f discussion group s book film season I suggested this title as I had enjoyed the movie, Mr North, which had been filmed in Rhode Island John Huston actually passed away here during filming and was replaced by Robert Mitchum Anyway I had never read the book nor anything by Wilder so I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this Talk about richness in language, allusion insight into the human condition Theo has a way of understanding human nature that allows him to help the people he meets during his summer sojourn in Newport in the 1920s overcome their problems be they physical, mental or social It was reminiscent of Chocolat in that way Upon re I made it about 160 pages before breaking into a brisk skim.Wilder wrote some artful, tightly structured works, and this is not one of them The novel has absolutely no rising action or character development, other than the most unimaginative, tacked on attempt at whaddayacallit kunstleroman And when I say unimaginative and tacked on, I mean it on the very last page someone says to the main character, have you ever thought about being a writer Apart from that the form and content of the novel rattle along for almost 400 pages, blithely indifferent to a 1970s audience who had seen Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, etc write generation defining novels about the same era Theophilus North seems unaware of any of this It makes fun of rich people, sure, but it does so in a simplistic, harmless, childish way The power brokers and tycoons of the gilded age are rendered as harmless, idiotic showpieces, their problems effortlessly overcome by the supernaturally clever Mr North I should add, as other reviewers have, that his solutions aren t that inventive I write all this as someone who works in Newport, RI, where the story is set, and who takes great interest in the to

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