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The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories [Anglais] [Relié]

Pete Hamill

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30 octobre 2012
"Hamill, a master raconteur, mines his own roots in this enchanting new anthology." ---New York Times

Pete Hamill's collected stories about Brooklyn present a New York almost lost but not forgotten. They read like messages from a vanished age, brimming with nostalgia---for the world after the war, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, and even, for some, the years of Prohibition and the Depression.

THE CHRISTMAS KID is vintage Hamill. Set in the borough where he was born and raised, it is a must-read for his many fans, for all who love New York, and for anyone who seeks to understand the world today through the lens of the world that once was.

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"Few people have written quite so beautifully about New York as Hamill has in recent years."—Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times

"With his reporter's eye for detail and a tough-but-tender lyricism, the Brooklyn-bred Hamill brings modern-day New York to life by illuminating its colorful past."—Scott Stephens, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Hamill sees a world almost gone by. Those who would dismiss that world as nostalgia might consider what in today's NewYork will they have to lovingly evoke years from now."—Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

"New York City is the lead actor in the best of Hamill's writing...and it steals the show."—Julie Wittes Schlack, Boston Globe

"Hamill tells a good yarn and has a knack for drawing empathetic portraits of rogues and rule benders....Even a bicycle ride to the store to pick up the Daily News is a good read in Hamill's hands."—Michael Hill, San Francisco Chronicle --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Biographie de l'auteur

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of twenty previous books, including the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, North River, and Tabloid City and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Working within the limitations of a daily paper, Hamill creates fiction that lasts the test of time 5 novembre 2012
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Pete Hamill grew up in the streets and tenements of immigrant, working-class Brooklyn, NY in the years during and after World War II. He went on to become a columnist, scriptwriter, editor, bestselling novelist and author.

With THE CHRISTMAS KID, Hamill cements his place as one of the greatest American writers who ever lived. This collection of 36 short stories reads like a panoramic novel of a Lost World. It's a place filled with vitality and nostalgia. The people inhabiting these pages deal with love, loss and fate as best as they can. This is an impossible collection to put down once you start it. It's Pete Hamill at the absolute top of his game.

And here is the amazing thing about these stories: 33 of them were written and first published in the most impermanent medium of them all --- a newspaper. In the early 1980s Hamill was working as a columnist for New York Daily News. He had the idea of bringing short fiction back to the newspaper. From the vantage point of the vanishing world of newspapers today, the 1980s were something of a Golden Age. Papers actually had their own Sunday supplement magazines. Most independent newspaper Sunday supplements are gone now, additions to "the lost city of memory" in Hamill's words.

Yet the stories in THE CHRISTMAS KID are as fresh, relevant and good today as they were the Sunday they first appeared all those years ago. Working within the limitations of a daily paper, Hamill has created fiction that lasted the test of time. He created literature. That is something that could only be done by the greatest of writers.

Despite being written in the early 1980s, these stories resonate both backwards and forwards in time. Hamill captured, in short fiction, the impact of what was happening in the news at the time he was writing and linked it to both past and future events. For example, a soldier who survived D-Day is reminded by a friend that the US was illegally waging war on Nicaragua by mining its harbors. Hamill contrasts here how America had changed between the 1940s and 1980s. We went from what was considered the "good war" to President Reagan's dirty wars in Central and South America, and that eventually led to the modern-day disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan. We kept fighting wars but lost the "good" along the way, assuming you can ever call a war good. We have become a warrior nation.

Another story deals with the breaking of a strike in a neighborhood factory by shipping the jobs to Mexico, busting the union and tossing the workers out on the street --- something that was just starting in the early Reagan years and now has produced disaster for the working and middle class in this country.

Hamill portrays the place he grew up in: Brooklyn. A small boy with a number tattooed on his wrist suddenly appears on the streets in the months after World War II, and the kids in the neighborhood give him a crash course on his new world. One boy says, "We told him the names of the important things: bat, ball, base; car, street, trolley; house roof, yard, factory; store. Soda. Candy. Cops."

The unique nostalgia of New York fills these pages --- the nostalgia that still exists to this day. This is the nostalgia of immigrants: people who were once young in a land far away, but know they are destined to grow old and die in this magical place called New York. But in Hamill's world, the sins of the past have to be paid for, and characters in this volume often find themselves at the end in furnished rooms or bars waiting to pay the price for their pasts. Other characters in this collection suffer from loneliness: lost loves, broken hearts, soldiers killed in someplace called Korea, the Dodgers losing the pennant to the Giants thanks to Bobby Thompson's "shot heard round the world" in 1951. A man goes into self-imposed isolation and exile by the sea after the love of his life leaves him.

Every story in this collection shares that overwhelming sense of life and poignancy. In page after page, you see the work of a master craftsman. And what is even more amazing is to realize that these stories were written under the inflexible deadline pressure of a newspaper. Hamill writes like the great Sugar Ray Robinson could punch: with incredible power, style and grace. That is why other professional writers study him and consider him a teacher.

We are lucky now to have these stories forever preserved not in a newspaper's archive where few would see them, but in a book all can enjoy. As people who love words and literature, we are lucky to have Pete Hamill, who is a national treasure. This is a book you must have in your collection.

Reviewed by Tom Callahan
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tales of the Humor and Pathos of the Human Experience 29 décembre 2012
Par Big D - Publié sur Amazon.com
No, this is not a collection of Christmas stories and to that degree, the fact that it was released at the start of the Christmas season, the title could be considered somewhat misleading. But don't worry about it. As they say in Brooklyn, "Fugget About It...."

This book is exceptional, one of the finest collections of short story fiction compiled in years. Years...Pete Hamill is good, one of the best at conveying the humor and pathos of the human experience as few writers can. He is exceptional as is this book.

Yes, the stories are rooted in Hamill's experience in Brooklyn, but they are stories of the human experience, human regret, human emotion and compassion, human endurance and happiness. They could take place in any Small Town, USA or in the canyons of Manhattan, wherever humans gather, put down roots and call that place "home."

A book well worth reading---and keeping.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful Tales of Brooklyn Long Ago 9 décembre 2012
Par KathyNJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
A beautifully written book about life in a simpler time in the Brooklyn of my childhood. The stories tug at your heartstrings and confirm that love and family are eternal.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 dark... 6 décembre 2012
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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These short stories are beautifully written and engaging, but incredibly depressing. I enjoy the nostalgic theme, but almost every story ends as badly for the main character as possible. Too dark for my tastes, I couldn't finish this book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Long Lost Loves 21 février 2014
Par H. F. Miglino - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I almost feel guilty liking the book so much. The title is misleading, this is a dark book very few if any happy endings to the stories. Most of the stories are about long lost loves, each of us must have a long lost love, did not turn out good, meet later in life, tragic ending, etc. These are the stories of middle class or lower class individuals who have led uneven lives. I actually remember reading some of these short stories in the 1980's when they were first published, I think. I really enjoy Pete Hamil, he is an acquired taste but well worth it. If you want to read human interest stories this is your book but do not be misled by the title.
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