- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 5 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316020753
- ISBN-13: 978-0316020756
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,961,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tabloid City: A Novel Hardcover – May 5 2011
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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)
About the Author
Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 20 previous books including the bestselling novels Forever and Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.
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Hamill appears enamored with the way things once were but fails to recognize in these pages that change is inevitable. Yet, the more things change...well, you know the rest. I am sure the twenty-somethings of today in New York will harken back to the good old days of the 00's in the coming decades. I can only hope that as someone who spends a great deal of time in NYC that P.J. Clarke's, Veselka's, and The Oyster Bar all stick around so I will continue to enjoy unbelievable chicken pot pie, copious amounts of pierogi, and fried oysters in the greatest city I have ever experienced. In fact, I send Mr. Hamill an open invitation to join me at any of these places for a bite and an open liquor tab just so I can hear more about this great city.
Hamill's cast of characters in "Tabloid City" sort of reminded me of a WW2 foxhole movie. One Hispanic, one Italian, one Jew, one Irishman, a WASP, and one or two of other ethnics who make up today's New York City. Throw in a print newspaper going the way they're going all over the country, a nasty murder of a WASP and a black in Greenwich Village, a Bernie Madoff-like character (Irish) on the lam from prosecution by the Feds, a would-be terrorist (Black) trying to come to terms with his life, and you have a 24-hour period in today's New York City. And those are just a sampling of the characters and plot lines in "Tabloid City". I felt I was battling off "in-coming" from the barrage of characters and plot. That's not a good feeling for a reader to have, in my mind.
Does Hamill bring it together in the end. Yeah, sorta, but I think it would have been a better book with fewer characters and a more developed plot. Am I an idiot? Can I not deal with a lot of characters? Dunno - I understood and got through "War and Peace" pretty well. But "Tabloid City" is not "War and Peace" and Pete Hamill isn't Leo Tolstoy. (Who is, actually?)
If you're a Pete Hamill fan - and I have enjoyed some of his previous books like "Forever" - have at this book and enjoy it. If you've other books on your TBR shelf, you might want to bring down one of those instead.
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I wanted to like it, really I did. I'm searching for good Summer reads, this was not one of them unfortunately.