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characters Ten North Frederick ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ ☉ Ten North Frederick PDF / Epub ❤ Author John OHara – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk This is the story of a family of the 'best' people living in Gibbsville Pa Three generations of the Chapin family are portrayed with intimacy and uncompromisingFamily are portrayed with intimacy and uncompromising clarity Many other people at all levels of the social. John O'Hara's Ten North Frederick started off by reminding me of a nighttime soap opera like Dallas or Knotts' Landing and uickly unraveled into a fascinating psychologicalsociological novel about a small town Gibbsville in the state of Pennsylvania during the 1920's30's and 40's A town run by the Republican Party where old money was really old money dating back to before the Civil War and the Jazz Age that F Scott Fitzgerald wrote about in New York never materialized in this small townThis was the first novel I have ever read by Mr O'Hara but it won't be the last Truly an amazing piece of writing

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This is the story of a family of the 'best' people living in Gibbsville Pa Three generations of the Chapin. Ten North Frederick by John O’HaraThere is here in the biography of Joe Chapin nothing that could not have been seen or heard by the people whose lives were touched by Joe Chapin’s life Whatever he thought whatever he felt has always been expressed to or through someone else and the reader can judge for himself the truth of what the man told or did not tellWinner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 1956 Wow what a spectacular novel another one for my six star bookshelf O’Hara is known as the truth teller of the mid 20th century life of the upper middle class His writing is sandwiched somewhere — both in the age he lived and the subject matter — between say Edith Wharton and John Updike His characters are always drawn with clarity They avoid speaking about the things most important and precious to them I think this is the key to O’Hara’s realistic dialogue its often what is not saidThe novel begins at the funeral in 1945 for the main character Joe Chapin a prominent lawyer in Gibbsville PA We don’t know how Joe died but it appears to be heart related Joe has a wife Edith son Joe and daughter Anne The rest of the book goes back in time and proceeds from Joe’s childhood to his courtship with Edith and then on through their lives The novel eventually ends at Joe’s funeral and comes full circle Joe does not fulfill many of his dreams but rather than being depressing it reads as being very real There are no devilish plot twists in this book and most of the plot is telegraphed in advance So in summary it’s a story about well drawn characters and of course the house at Ten North Frederick that anchored several generations of Chapins Illicit affairs figure prominently in this book which is typical of the O’Hara novels that I’ve read While none of the characters including Joe are heroes by anyone’s measure they are not despicable either I could not help but feel for each of the characters who were having the affairs — all people who would probably be well heeled guests at your dinner party Five stars I also loved O’Hara’s first novel Appointment in Samarra

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Ten North FrederickLadder are portrayed as well and Ten North eBook #9734 what they do and say to one another is often shocki. This is a uiet novel of a social class a family and a man on the decline The Chapin family has held a position of prominence occupying the large house on prime realist ate served by a loyal team of servants holding places of great significance in the political economic and social arenas of their communities As the novel opens in 1945 Joe Chapin is being buried with the pomp that a man of his standing deserves But as O’Hara retraces the family history and Joe’s life in particular the facade is dismantled brick by brick to reveal the rot the decline that makes it clear that not only has Joe passed away but so has this social order and this once great family This novel deserves its literary recognition The characters are carefully crafted the turn of the century town is well portrayed the brokenness is shown with nuance But this is a very slow novel focused on character development including the character of the town of Gibbsville than on plot And the pace is slowed further by O’Hara’s tendency to be a bit wordy In the end the book dragged for me to the point that I lost interest That may say about my mind set than about the book Although it was a 35 star read for me it deserves to be rounded up to 4 stars