Marjorie Morningstar

by Herman Wouk

Hardcover, 1955

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Description

Marjorie leaves her family and fianc for a season of summer stock at an east coast resort, where she meets and falls in love with a handsome producer. He sweeps her off her feet and into a once-in-a-lifetime love affair and teaches Marjorie her first lessons about the theater and life.

User reviews

LibraryThing member santhony
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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LibraryThing member juniperSun
Slow start. Good.
Noted during my 1980's attempt to read every book in my small town library.
LibraryThing member jayne_charles
Wouk doesn't just do good war novels. This is a very readable story about a young Jewish girl growing up in America, the trials and tribulations of finding a suitable bloke, and trying to become an actress. Lots of philosophical monologues from her on-off boyfriend who has verbal diarrhoea! I had the feeling that this was the author getting a lot of things off his chest, but none the worse for it… (more)
LibraryThing member Schmerguls
This is quite a good book and memorable, though the morals of the characters leave much to be desired.
LibraryThing member Jacqklueh
Read this book as a very young teenager and fell in love with the story line.
LibraryThing member GramLouise2
I read this book in 1957 when I was 17 and impressionable. How things have
changed, but the feelings I felt at 17 were pretty much the same as Marjorie's.
LibraryThing member gbelik
I was led to read this book because it was one of the books that Will Schwalbe and his mother read in The End of Your Life Book Club. Published in the 50's, but about the 30's and 40's, it's attitudes were dated, but it remains an absorbing story.
LibraryThing member carolvanbrocklin
This was an OK book in spite of Noel and his diatribes that not only were excessively boring but also just didn't make sense most of the time.
I enjoyed watching Marjorie as she "grew up" and while I agreed with her assessment of her life there in the end, it was interesting to read the last chapter and find that she really hadn't grown up all that much after all. She still believed that she and only she knew all the answers and how dare you insinuate that she did not.
A little editing would have made this book brilliant.
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LibraryThing member sandra.k.heinzman
I read this book in high school and liked it; 45 years later I loved it. I read half and listened to the second half and loved the narration. It is one of my all- time favorite books and I really like Herman Wouk's writing. It takes place mainly in the 1930's and then jumps to 1954. I recommend this old classic, published in 1955. Now I want to see the movie!… (more)
LibraryThing member Jacqklueh
Read this book as a very young teenager and fell in love with the story line.
LibraryThing member Jacqklueh
Read this book as a very young teenager and fell in love with the story line.
LibraryThing member Jacqklueh
Read this book as a very young teenager and fell in love with the story line.
LibraryThing member AliceAnna
What an odd book to have been written by the author of The Caine Mutiny. It was like the story of Fanny Brice in reverse almost. It wasn't a bad book, but just so awfully dated.
LibraryThing member Jacqklueh
Read this book as a very young teenager and fell in love with the story line.
LibraryThing member Jacqklueh
Read this book as a very young teenager and fell in love with the story line.

Publication

Doubleday and Company, Inc.

Original publication date

1955

Physical description

472 p.
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