Studs Lonigan

Studs Lonigan

An unparalleled example of American naturalism, the Studs Lonigan trilogy follows the hopes and dissipations of its remarkable main character, a would-be "tough guy" and archetypal adolescent, born to Irish-American parents on Chicago's South Side, through the turbulent years of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. The three novels--Young Lonigan, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, and Judgment Day--offer a vivid sense of the textures of real life: of the institutions of Catholicism, the poolroom and the dance marathon, romance and marriage, gangsterism and ethnic rivalry, and the slang of the street corner. Cited as an inspiration by writers as diverse as Kurt Vonnegut and Frank McCourt, Studs Lonigan stands as a masterpiece of social realism in the ranks of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy.

Title:Studs Lonigan
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781931082556
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    Studs Lonigan Reviews

  • Moses Kilolo

    The basic question when reading a book of this stature is whether it’s worth the time, the effort and the attempt to absorb it. Many who might have read this trilogy will have different opinions, of...

  • Manray9

    You can't understand where you are if you don't know where you've been. James Farrell's Studs Lonigan is literature as instruction. It's a history lesson. Our modern society, and the sustained politic...

  • Pete

    Broke my face. I suppose, partially owing to the nominal 'Studs,' i thought this was a slice of life depression novel about getting by or not. it's definitely about not getting by, but the Depression ...

  • carl  theaker

    Young LoniganA good read and complement to similar historical context books of the era such as John Dos Passos, USA trilogy. Gives another and more personal perspective of the same. years. Studs isn't...

  • Lori

    One of my great heroes, Studs Terkel -- born Louis Terkel-- adopted the name Studs because he was so affected by this book. I've had it on my list for a long time and have lived the full 874 pages for...

  • Jennie

    Meh. Coming from Chicago(-ish), the setting and historical context of this book were interesting. And it was well written. But the main character, Studs, was kind of annoying. And self-centered. And m...

  • Stephen Hughes

    If you're looking to be thoroughly depressed by the actions (and inactions) of an Irish-American loser, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, you should wait until I publish my own autobiography. ...

  • Pete

    Studs Lonigan just lost a star, because, in rereading it, I found it rather flat. I still think it is a worthy--great, even--piece of American literature, but there is too much telling, not enough ind...

  • Carol Storm

    Studs Lonigan is a novel about a young man from an Irish family in Chicago. He grows up in the days of World War One, becomes a working man in the Roaring Twenties, and dies lost and broken and unempl...

  • Marti

    At 961 pages, this three-part trilogy actually had me wanting more. If I had to compare it to anything, it is like Trainspotting set in '20s/30s Chicago. (substitute heroin for bathtub gin and substit...