All Fall Down

All Fall Down Clinton s family has a reputation His father once a barnstorming radical is a drinking man now His brother Berry berry is a wild vagabond not above running a brothel to keep himself going Clinton

  • Title: All Fall Down
  • Author: James Leo Herlihy
  • ISBN: 9781556111921
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Clinton s family has a reputation His father, once a barnstorming radical, is a drinking man now His brother, Berry berry, is a wild vagabond, not above running a brothel to keep himself going Clinton has skipped school for 57 consecutive days, filling notebooks with overheard conversations and waiting for his brother to return.Then, one evening, Berry berry does appearClinton s family has a reputation His father, once a barnstorming radical, is a drinking man now His brother, Berry berry, is a wild vagabond, not above running a brothel to keep himself going Clinton has skipped school for 57 consecutive days, filling notebooks with overheard conversations and waiting for his brother to return.Then, one evening, Berry berry does appear in an aura of mystery that swings from excitement to callous destructiveness with shattering results.

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    1. Full of wonderful characters, lovingly portrayed. Much of the story is told through the diary entries of a teenage boy Clint Williams. Unfortunately Clint's narrative voice sounded imitative of Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye, and is one reason I don't give this book five stars. This was Herlihy's first novel, though I think he was already established as a successful playwright. It has a bit of a southern gothic feel with eccentric characters, that reminded me of Carson McCullers and Trum [...]

    2. Browsing a Half-Priced Books in Houston and looking for something to read, I came across this. Been wanting to read it for some time now, given Herlihy's other novel, Midnight Cowboy. This is a novel of a certain time in America, published in 1960. It reminds me a lot of Capote and MacCullers and others of that time. Still writing straight-ahead narratives, but taking a few chances with characters (Berry-berry runs a whore house for some time in this novel). Later made into a movie starring a yo [...]

    3. It seemed to me a nice blend of "Catcher in the Rye" and Truman Capote's at his best. Great tempo and gift for dialogue. Herlihy seemed to know quite well the ground he undertook for his writing. Excellent observer. Through Clinton-his alter ego- which I surmise, he portrays all the character traits of most women: fastidious,domineering,histrionic and trivial. Otherwise: imaginative and fickle (although endearing at times) that have an unbelievable erratic taste for picking their men. Which expl [...]

    4. I liked this book but not as much as Midnight Cowboy. It is very Noir-ish and ultimately depressing. The main character Clinton reminded me of Holden Caulfield. The theme of the disturbed suburban family was a lot like Rebel Without a Cause. I guess in the 50s and early 60s these themes were popular.

    5. I'm currently rereading this old favorite, that I'd misplaced from my college collection. The playwright William Inge adapted the screenplay for the movie. Though I liked the movie, it's missing a lot of the protagonists inner musings. I still think Clinton Williams' character captures teen angst in its inertia, loneliness, and fear of ever "launching."

    6. Just finished this - felt like the ending was the strongest/most emotionally-grabbing part, but that was only with the context of everything else, so this is still a nice solid book. Definitely a good showing from Herlihy.

    7. A real gem - fallen out of fashion and print for much of the time. A coming of age in the heritage of Catcher in the Rye, with a splash of Gatsby and a pinch of Tennessee Williams.

    8. enjoyed the storyl those years ago. don't recall a thing about the story. anderson's, the disease that makes you forget. big big.

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