Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: The Pursuit of Happiness

I had never heard of Douglas Kennedy before reading The Pursuit of Happiness, but I won't forget him now!  This book came highly recommended to me.  In fact, the woman who lent it to me said, "I finished this book and read it right through again!".  Now if that isn't the highest of praise, I don't know what is! 
Before you get confused, this book is not what the Will Smith movie was based on.  :)
This book by the same name follows a woman named Sara in post World War 2 New York City.  This is what the jacket reads:
"Manhattan, Thanksgiving Eve, 1945. The war was over, and Eric Smythe's party was in full swing. All his clever Greenwich Village friends were there. So too was his sister Sara -- an independent, canny young woman, starting to make her way in the big city. And then in walked a gatecrasher, Jack Malone -- a U. S. Army journalist just back from a defeated Germany, and a man whose world-view did not tally with that of Eric and his friends. Set amidst the dynamic optimism of postwar New York and the subsequent nightmare of the McCarthy witch-hunts, The Pursuit of Happiness is a great tragic love story; a tale of divided loyalties, decisive moral choices, and the random workings of destiny."
I flew through this book and even found myself very tired many mornings from staying up too late reading!  I took me only one week to read and think it is a perfect summer novel.  

2 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting. Another one to add to my ever growing list. ;)

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  2. World War Two played an important role in our history. This is by far the most devastating struggle that happened to mankind. A lot of lives were lost and most of them are innocent ones. Many people suffered a lot during this era. Lost lives, ruined properties and establishments and wasted money are the major damages caused by the World War two.

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