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Tabloid City: A Novel [Anglais] [Relié]

Pete Hamill

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PRAISE FOR NORTH RIVER:

"Lovely, richly textured....Is there another living writer with as firm a grasp on the city's sidewalks, its buildings, its history?"—Scott Stephens, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Hamill's love story casts an engaging spell, and Manhattan-lovers will delight in the gritty particulars."—Tanner Stransky, Entertainment Weekly

"North River seduces us with the author's sweetly convinced nostalgia for his city....Hamill's a smart guy and a fluent writer, and few people have written quite so beautifully about New York as he has."—Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times

"Hamill has crafted a beautiful novel, rich in New York City detail and ambience, that showcases the power of human goodness and how love, in its many forms, can prevail in an unfair world."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths:

The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe.

The City is many things: a proving ground, a decadent carnival, or a palimpsest of memories--a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid City is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured New York perfectly for decades.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Sam Briscoe redux 12 mai 2011
Par mj deneen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
My first encounter with the hero Sam Briscoe was in the 70's with Flesh & Blood. I have missed out on his other adventures, but recently read Tabloid City. Hamill loves NYC, loves the newspaper business and has an eye for creating interesting portraits. Sadly he forgot how to construct a reason for all of this to exist- I spent the last pages wishing for a reason to want to read more- it never happened. Still this work merits a read if you have a hankering for the days of the New York World or Herald Tribune. Not sure if this a a farewell or the work that was promised on an existing contract .
Save for a train or plane trip & you will not be disappointed.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 It pains me.... 14 juillet 2011
Par The Real Deal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
To say this, but I really struggled with this book. Blasphemy, I know right. But it's true. I found it wordy, too much like a trip down memory lane for Pete, the characters incredibly hard to follow, and not very exciting. I saw one of the reviews comparing it to a modern day Bonfire....Vanities. Oh c'mon, please, not even close.
I wanted to like it, really I did. I'm searching for good Summer reads, this was not one of them unfortunately.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Man in LOve 22 mai 2011
Par R. BULL - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Pete Hamill is a man in love. In love with the city of New York and the dying art of newspaper journalism. He know both with all their flaws and writes about both with lyrical prose, verging on poetry. I slowed down in reading this to savor the words and stay with the characters as long as I could.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A New York novel! 5 mai 2011
Par Gaby at Starting Fresh blog - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
A violent crime draws together a cast of characters that find themselves interconnected in other ways. The crime, the intertwined social network, and these unusual characters give us an unsentimental picture of New York during the recession. We meet:

* Lew Forrest of the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, an aging and successful painter who has lost his sight. His closest companion is Camus, a black labrador;
* Cynthia Harding of Greenwich Village, a socialite particularly committed to the New York City libraries and literacy. Her longtime lover is Sam Briscoe of the New York World;
* Sandra Gordon, whose precociousness at a dinner party in Jamaica drew the attention, sympathy, and mentorship of Cynthia Harding. From children's books to a passport and education, Cynthia helped Sandra find her place;
* Sam Briscoe, the editor of New York World, the last afternoon newspaper in New York and a fixture in journalism circles;
* Bobby Fonseca, a young journalist, who lives and breathes his work;
* Ali Watson of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a New York City homicide detective;
* Malik Shahid, a young New Yorker turned religious fanatic/fundamentalist;
* Josh Thompson, a veteran from the wars in the Middle East who has lost his home and his family and is on the streets of New York;
* Beverly Starr, an artist from Gowanus, Brooklyn;
* Consuelo Mendoza, an illegal immigrant from Mexico living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; and
* Myles Compton, a hedgefund manager whose bad investments and shady dealings lead him to abscond in the night.

While each of the personalities are carefully constructed, I was particularly drawn to the women who are given central roles in the novel. Sandra Gordon is a secondary character but her strength, independence and vulnerability all come across so clearly. The interaction between the aging and nearly blind painter Lew Forrest and his long lost muse, Consuelo Mendoza is particularly touching. Even the socialite Cynthia Harding who only appears briefly is complex and fleshed out. Through a high profile murder and its aftermath, Tabloid City gives a fascinating and unsentimental glimpse of today's New York.

ISBN-10: 0316020753 - Hardcover
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 5, 2011), 288 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why "Tabloid City" Matters 27 mai 2011
Par Peter Hillman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
This is a terrific book, truly one that captures our dark and scary times while still lighting a candle to show a possible way out. "Tabloid City" also, it seems to me, heralds the on-going evolution of this most-gifted author, long one of the most versatile and gifted chroniclers and thinkers we have.

It is present day. New York is no longer "My Downtown." Yes, on surface this is a depressing epic, but such are the changed times in which we find ourselves. As Hamill demonstrates, blind faith in technology, a seemingly endless and crippling recession and, most of all, September 11, have changed our world irrevocably.

The old faiths, favorites, tribes, rituals and retreats are gone for good. It seems that in their place there is nothing but mayhem, fear and uncertainty.

Hamill's characters find it pointless to try to sugar-coat the painful realities of today, or wall-paper them over with wistful remembrances of "glory" days and past champions. For too many (and not just the poor and afflicted), life now in the big city boils down to a constant struggle for mere survival, sometimes hour-to-hour. One day here encapsulates odysseys of lifetimes.

And yet--not all is lost.

Even people desperate themselves can, and still do, achieve miracles, minor and major. These are not the breath-taking, lyrical miracles of "Snow In August," or "Forever." Progress--digging ourselves out of the impersonal messes we've made--is likely to be incremental. And so it is fitting that the prose style here is unlike that of his other classics. What Hamill does now is staccato yet still intimate; taut yet still enlightening.

I believe the remarkable accomplishment here, and why this book matters, is in Hamill's revealing that even in our own struggles, we can find true meaning out of chaos and fulfill human purpose by rendering acts, small or large, of kindness, sacrifice and love. While the loathsome villains are (and always will be) on hand, the memorable characters are those who perform selfless acts of charity for others--sometimes strangers.

What I come away remembering most are the givers, for they are the ones who will light the way out. The humble, anonymous Mexican woman whose small tender act enriches a disabled and bitter vet of the Iraq war. The socialite who mentors a young and poor Jamaican to achieve her full promise. The lonely, aged artist, who rescues his former muse and her family. And the conflicted policeman, sacrificing out of his own despair and loss, for the greater good.

Hamill reminds us that while the world has changed, these intended or random acts of generosity and love are timeless in nature. What's more, as the Hamill doppelganger Sam Briscoe comes to understand, it ultimately matters not through what medium these acts of grace are reported--or if they are reported at all.
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