The Big Town

The Big Town A novel of the Jazz Age The Big Town is the story of a failed businessman whose dreams of prosperity hinge on the secret proposition of a millionaire industrialist and a dangerous relationship he fin

  • Title: The Big Town
  • Author: Monte Schulz
  • ISBN: 9781606995037
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A novel of the Jazz Age, The Big Town is the story of a failed businessman whose dreams of prosperity hinge on the secret proposition of a millionaire industrialist and a dangerous relationship he finds with a poor orphan girl chasing love in the great American metropolis.Harry Hennesey s hopes of success, both in his household and the world, have driven him to sell his hoA novel of the Jazz Age, The Big Town is the story of a failed businessman whose dreams of prosperity hinge on the secret proposition of a millionaire industrialist and a dangerous relationship he finds with a poor orphan girl chasing love in the great American metropolis.Harry Hennesey s hopes of success, both in his household and the world, have driven him to sell his home in an Illinois small town and take his chances in the big city He rents a room in a run down hotel He deals in wholesale items scavenged from yard sales and close outs One night at a movie theater downtown, he meets a teenage flapper named Pearl who latches onto him and won t let go For several years now, Harry has threatened his marriage and self esteem with innumerable infidelities Now he finds himself falling in love with a girl less than half his age But that s not all.Charles A Follette, chairman of the board of the American Prometheus Corporation, comes to him with a slick proposition find Follette s missing niece, and the road to riches shall be his Soon, though, Harry discovers a darker secret to the identity of the missing niece and what lies behind the urgency for her detection It s this revelation that leads him to a closer examination of what it means to the life he s known since the birth of his children and that life he believes awaits him if he can only reach the top of the ladder.Harry s story in The Big Town is set against a fantastic backdrop of an archetypal 1920s American big city We see speakeasies, sanitariums, skyscrapers, and a glittering Gatsby like party high atop the metropolis Lost in his own moral confusions, we watch Harry try to reform his young lover and uncover the secret of her own past in a small canal town miles beyond a city where gangsters murder ordinary citizens and everyone seems to have a get rich scheme as the Roaring 20s come to a thunderous close The Big Town evokes a lost era through language and flamboyant characters reminiscent of Fitzgerald, Dos Passos, Ring Lardner, etc Yet it s also eerily relevant to our own time with its study of the role of business, crime, morality, and love in our lives.

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    1. This book started slow and then our main character is thrown into a whirlwind adventure that I like to call the real world. He starts off so concerned about protecting this naive girl from the harsh world only to come to realize that she's grown up in it and can school him in a few things and it turns out that's he actually the naive one. Most of the story was interesting once you start getting into but I don't really understand the ending leaves one feeling bewildered.

    2. In THE BIG TOWN, we follow Harry Hennesey, a floundering businessman, as he muses on his moral failings and sinking place in society. He is every man, struggling to turn his moral compass around and resist his desires for a young and pretty flapper, Pearl, who seems to need him just the same as his family now living hundreds of miles away.Harry's romance with young Pearl is both dastardly and heartbreaking, as he and the reader are torn between his love for Pearl and his obligation to his wife a [...]

    3. I got this book free through .Set at the end of the roaring 20's the book revolves around two main character.Harry Hennesey thinks he loves his wife and kids yet cheats on them every chance he gets. Because of failing business he sells the house, leaves his wife and kids with his mother and goes to the big town thinking he'll find a better opportunity to get ahead in life. While there he meets Pearl. A streetwise yet naive girl who just needs someone to love her. Only after Pearl disappears does [...]

    4. I just finish "the Big Town" which I won from . As usual, I feel like the plot is covered well elsewhere, so I will just summarize it by saying that salesman Henry Henessey leaves his wife and children and moves to the big city where he hopes to make enough money to give them a comfortable life. Henry is a bit of a philanderer, and while in the city he meets a young girl named Pearl he falls for. He is later asked to assist with tracking down a different girl, named Olive. The story follows his [...]

    5. The Big Town is the last in the series of books about the Jazz Age from Monte Schulz.I truly felt that the book excelled far beyond expectations in its portrayals that pull readers back to the era of flappers and gangsters. The sheer level of precision of the 20's dialogue and emotional response of the era that Schulz spins merit a strong show of appreciation, for not many are able to truly capture a point in history as he has. Nevertheless, it was overly long, and the action is limited.This boo [...]

    6. I'm about to start reading this book--the last in the series of books about the Jazz Age from Monte Schulz. The first book, This Side of Jordon chronicles the adventures and mishaps of a young farm boy named Alvin Pendergast. The books begin right before the Great Depression in 1929 and end two weeks before the stock market crash. The sweep of these novels is amazing and Schulz's attention to detail, including period slang, creates a lush and authentic world, going beyond the Hollywood glossines [...]

    7. *First Reads Won*I don't feel like there is much to say about this book. At times it was slow, at times it was more interesting. I didn't find a purpose for this book. It didn't capture my attention or gripped my life in any way. It was just kinda there. However, I feel like for some people it might connect. It just didn't with me.This book is well written though. The setting and the characters are well developed and I have nothing to complain about for the grammar or lack of plot development. T [...]

    8. Not at all what I was expecting. The start was interesting enough, but once you get ot the point they start seeing each other in a regular basis it gets weird and towards the last 70 pages just doesn't make sense and I hate open ended endings. You don't know for sure which path Harry takes or anything about Pearl.

    9. I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy from . I had a very hard time getting into the characters in The Big Town. It took me a long time to read as well. I couldn't find anyone in the book to like, descriptions were long and tiring. There are some interesting details about history and location but not enough to keep me interested.

    10. This is really a great read. The author went to great lengths to provide the reader with a moving story complete with very well researched and amazing detail essential to the time period.I would recommend this book to any reader that appreciates a big story. The Big Town is that and more.

    11. It's wasn't bad, but then again it was a little long winded for me. It had it's moment of thrill and delight, but overall not a bad read. Thanks for the book. I'll share with people that will really enjoy this book.

    12. I am struggling to read this book. I can easily put it down. I keep returning because I am interested in the characters and the plot, but I can easily be distracted. I hope to finish this soon.

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