Ethan Cooper

Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (8 of 11)
Location: Big Apple
In My Own Words:
Ethan Cooper is the pseudonym for a New York-based writer who has written four novels about corporate life. These novels--IN CONTROL, SMOOTH IN MEETINGS, TOM'’S JOB, and TRIP AT THE TOP--present corporate life and its familial back story from the perspective of a CEO, a rising corporate star, a guy with a job, not a career, and an owner/publisher trying to raise money for his business. The plots o… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 486,839 - Total Helpful Votes: 8 of 11
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic St&hellip by Russell Shorto
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have lived in Manhattan for more than 30 years. But until I read this book, I assumed that the character of New York-commercial, contentious, tolerant, and multi-ethnic-was the product of European mass migrations starting, I suppose, with the Irish in the mid-nineteenth century. But, Shorto argues persuasively that this personality took hold much earlier. In fact, he shows how New York's character descends directly from the tolerant and litigious culture of the Dutch, a mighty commercial power in early 1600's, who founded a trading post and village on Manhattan in 1623. I, for one, am convinced.
I also enjoyed this book for its resurrection of Peter Stuyvesant, who, to most New… Read more
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance to Banality, June 1 2004
Yates is brilliant in the first two sections of this book. In these sections, some of my marginalia reads: "A terrific description of a tender memory experienced through the hazy pain of a hangover." "How a loving conscientious father blows up at the kids." "Terrific paragraph with the well-intended Frank moving from consoling to attacking his wife."
Here is one quick example of the painful neutralizing internal life of Yates's characters. "Frank took two wrong turns in driving Mrs. Lundquist home, and all the way back, alone, he rode with one hand pressed to his mouth. He was doing his best to reconstruct the quarrel in his mind but it was hopeless. He couldn't even tell whether he… Read more
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
From a narrative standpoint, this novel moves from the disconnected observations of the retarded Benji, to the guilty thoughts of the pathetic and suicidal Quentin, to the deceitful manipulations of the bitter Jason, to a third-person narrative, where we get an objective rendering of the life of Dilsey, the black woman who holds the Compson family together. This is a book with enormous range and a tour de force of a great writer who continues to amaze 75 years after publication.
Nonetheless, the elements of Faulkner's writing that I enjoy the most are his humor and his descriptive powers. Here's one example, with Quentin Compson observing as he meanders before his suicide: "I could… Read more