Marjorie Morningstar

Marjorie Morningstar

by Herman Wouk

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Overview

Now hailed as a "proto-feminist classic" ( Vulture), Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk's powerful coming-of-age novel about an ambitious young woman pursuing her artistic dreams in New York City has been a perennial favorite since it was first a bestseller in the 1950s.

A starry-eyed young beauty, Marjorie Morgenstern is nineteen years old when she leaves home to accept the job of her dreams—working in a summer-stock company for Noel Airman, its talented and intensely charismatic director. Released from the social constraints of her traditional Jewish family, and thrown into the glorious, colorful world of theater, Marjorie finds herself entangled in a powerful affair with the man destined to become the greatest—and the most destructive—love of her life.

Rich with humor and poignancy, Marjorie Morningstar is a classic love story, one that spans two continents and two decades in the life of its heroine.

"I read it and I thought, 'Oh, God, this is me.'" —Scarlet Johansson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316955133
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/15/1992
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 584
Sales rank: 63,332
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Herman Wouk's acclaimed novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Caine Mutiny; Marjorie Morningstar; Don't Stop the Carnival; Youngblood Hawke; The Winds of War; War and Remembrance; Inside, Outside; The Hope; The Glory; and A Hole in Texas.

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Marjorie Morningstar 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
IsabelAZ More than 1 year ago
I read this book at the suggestion of a friend. I empathized with Marjorie as a young adult, felt her sorrow and desperation as a young woman, and understood her version of reality as an older mother and wife. I couldn't put this book down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far, this is my choice of Herman Wouk's best piece of work. Marjorie is a masterpiece, a brilliant character too alive to settle for anything but her dreams. She is something of an awakening, a sophisticated woman charging through to a universe of disappointments. She breathes through failures and never lets go of her dreams. She is inside all of us. Placed in a generation of social and religious revolution Marjorie's story is elegant and proper while shedding light on the social changes necessary. Marjorie is a story that will enter and stay to linger a lifetime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been a favorite of mine and have read it several times. The story of Marjorie is dear to my heart and a must read for anyone that comes from a deeply religious background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie, I think when I was much younger, and I enjoyed reading this book now. It rekindles feelings of what it is like to be so young and in love for the first time. The characters are believable and your own heart wants to help their hearts. . .A good book for a rainy day.
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must confess to having read this novel shortly after Youngblood Hawke. As a result, roughly 1,000 pages of 1930-40s New York City dialect and social mores tends to grate after awhile. The result was, that about halfway through the book, I found myself not only failing to care about the "heroine", but actually beginning to dislike her quite a bit. Once that point was reached, I simply began to look forward to the end of the book. Perhaps if I'd read it first, it would have created a more favorable impression. As it was, I thought if I read the expletive "Gad" one more time, I'd vomit. In a nutshell, the novel follows the adolecent and early adult years of a Jewish American princess in 1930s New York City. Mildly entertaining at first, for me the book dragged and fell into a vicious cycle of relationship and career events that became repetitive at best. I've read most of Wouk's work and for me, this was the weakest.
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MWgal More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Very enjoyable. I read it because of its mentioning in "The End of Your Life Book Club". This book was far better than the film. So glad filmmaking has improved so dramatically since 1957. Now, if a book becomes film, they often follow the book closely. The book was very enjoyable, the film was not. Give it a try.
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GrandmaLee More than 1 year ago
I quite like Herman Wouk's historical novels, but this one droned on a bit too much. Wonderful images of time and place, interaction of family and friends, and expectations of a bygone era. . . some of which is still quite relevant today.
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MrBsgirl More than 1 year ago
The classic tale of a young girl's journey to the life she never realized was right for her stands the test of time. I loved reading this as a teenager and re-read and still loved as a grown woman. Wouk has amazing descriptive powers and you can truly 'see' South Wind, West End Ave and pre-war Paris. A perfect rainy day, long plane ride book
criswithcurls More than 1 year ago
I have had a love affair with this wonderful piece of work from the moment I saw the title and began to read Herman Wouk's impeccable literary story. This book is not only compelling but makes the reader feel as if Marjorie truly existed and that these particular events could not be fiction. I fell in love with Marjorie from the moment she appeared on the first page. While her character is not always likeable (she can be selfish and what would now be considered a "drama queen"), she was richly written and created. The philosophical ideas discussed by the characters can make your head swim (depending on your age of course)but make the characters more realistic and decidedly even more charming. I highly reccommend this book as something every coming-of-age girl should read. However, do not read this book if you are looking for something light and gay (happy).
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