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City of Girls (2019)

– tekijä: Elizabeth Gilbert

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Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 69) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Reading this Historical Fiction was liken to watching a 1940's screwball comedy but with an X-rated rating. Readers of a certain sensibility will be offended by all the sexual references. Ms. Gilbert wrote very defined characters to understand their motives so the reader will laugh and cry. The majority of the characters are very flawed but interesting. ( )
  Gingersnap000 | Mar 22, 2021 |
So confused about how to share this book-is it a racy sex filled memoir, a confessional or how to live your own true life? They’re were parts that represent each especially the end that gets serous and reverential about being true to yourself and your chosen family. The beginning of the book in the heyday of NYC theater life and free wheeling night life of showgirls certainly didn’t set up the thoughtfulness of its conclusion. However, as a whole this book is sensational. A message of forgiveness is a theme that runs throughout- life happens and is often messy. Main characters Vivian Morris our narrator, Aunt Peg Buell, Olive, Edna the Broadway star and Frank, the injured veteran. ( )
  bblum | Mar 15, 2021 |
Breathtakingly brilliant! ( )
  Faradaydon | Mar 13, 2021 |
I fell in love with Vivian, the narrator of the story. Part of the reason is the narrator, Blair Brown. Brown’s wonderful expressive voice gave substance to this breezy, fun story of a young girl who moved to New York City just before World War II. Vivian’s unconventional life including a highly active love life, her contribution to her aunt’s playhouse by designing costumes and her single life for her entire life leant detail to her story. And, boy, did Vivian live her life with passion, something few of us can attain. ( )
  brangwinn | Feb 9, 2021 |
"People will tell you not to waste your youth having too much fun, but they're wrong. Youth is an irreplaceable treasure, and the only respectable thing to do with your irreplaceable treasure is to waste it. So do the right thing with your youth Vivian, squander it."
This sums up the first half of the novel perfectly.
I love this advice Peg gives to Vivian, a young 19 year old, who had been sheltered her entire childhood, and essentially ignored by her immediate family. She never really felt like she fit in anywhere, until she moved to New York in the 1940's to live with her Aunt Peg and was given a chance to lead a youthful life among the theatre, the actors and the showgirls.
Albeit this novel isn't for everyone, it is a little racy and is essentially about a young woman who loves to drink, smoke and have sex. She thrives on men's attention and intimacy, acts like a puppet and idolizes women who she wants to mimic but could never become.
In her youth she was ashamed of the fact that she lived a different life than what was expected of her, however, as she grows older and wiser she adopts the "no one really cares what you do," attitude and accepts that she wasn't meant to live the life of a married woman who bares children.
City of Girls is essentially one long letter written by the now 90 year old Vivian, to another woman named Angela, basically outlining her life story as an explanation as to how she met her (Angela's) father Frank.
There are many obvious themes found throughout this epic Elizabeth Gilbert novel, some of which illustrate the beginning of the feminist movement in the 1940's, during WWII, but also the absolute degradation of women who did want to live the single life, who weren't virgins, and had no intentions of abstaining from sex.
"Must be pretty disappointing for a stand up guy like you, Walt, to end up with a sister who's such a dirty little whore." This quote irked me to my bones when I read it, and it was meant to. This quote exhibits the mentality of the times, where women were seen as whores if they were promiscuous and caught for doing something "wrong" in society. Men were not shamed or looked down upon at all if they slept with multiple women, or cheated on their wives. Women were driven from their homes and their jobs, where men would remain unscathed.
Two other small quotes/ themes that I took from this novel, "The world ain't straight" and "it means nothing," stuck with me and will remain with me, as any good novel's quotes should! Essentially we aren't meant to be on a straight and narrow path, there will always be boulders, rocks, pebbles in our way that we have to deviate from. It can also mean that we were all meant to be different and to live different lives, straight, gay, asexual, single, married. No one person's characteristics are the same.
And finally- habitually, when we make mistakes and they are pointed out, we are harder on ourselves, when in reality over time, it means nothing in the grand scheme of things. People forget, and they just don't care any more.
Gilbert writes a very interesting novel about a woman coming into her own by realizing who she is and who she is meant to be. ( )
  CBCadorin | Jan 26, 2021 |
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The secret to falling in love so fast, of course, is not to know the person at all.
This is what flirtation is in its purest form—a whole conversation held without words. Flirtation is a series of silent questions that one person asks another person with their eyes. And the answer to those questions is always the same word:
Maybe.
Asking no further questions is the song of my people.
The dirty little whores had been disposed of; the man was allowed to remain.
Of course, I didn't recognize the hypocrisy back then.
But Lord, I recognize it now.
After a certain age, we are all walking around this world in bodies made of secrets and shame and sorrow and old, unhealed injuries. Our hearts grow sore and misshapen around all this pain—yet somehow, still, we carry on.
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Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

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