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His Family av Poole Ernest Poole
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His Family (urspr publ 1917; utgåvan 2007)

av Poole Ernest Poole (Författare)

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Ernest Poole (1880 - 1950) was born in Chicago, Illinois on 23 Jan 1880, and graduated from Princeton University in 1902. He was a correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post in Europe before and during World War I. Beside "His Family", novel "The Harbor" has remained the work he is most well-known for. It is considered one of the first fictional works to offer a positive view of unions. His Family made him the first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1918. He died in Franconia, NH on 10 Jan 1950. His Family was published in 1917. It tells the story of a middle class family in 1910s New York City.… (mer)
Medlem:Phyllis.Mann
Titel:His Family
Författare:Poole Ernest Poole (Författare)
Info:Book Jungle (2007), 336 pages
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Taggar:to-read, fiction, pulitzer-prize-fiction

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His Family av Ernest Poole (1917)

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    The Alienist av Caleb Carr (mikedraper)
    mikedraper: Also takes place in New York City. Time frame somewhat the same, in the Alienist it is 1896
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First in my attempt to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winners. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
537. His Family by Ernest Poole (read 27 Apr 1958) (Pulitzer fiction prize for 1918) I had determined to read all the books which had been awarded the Pulitzer fiction prize, This book won the first such prize awarded, being for the year 1918. I was pleased that I was able to go to the Morningside College library and they had the book on the shelf. I am sure that it is on various library shelves because of its Pulitzer win, while many other fiction works from that time are unfindable today ( )
  Schmerguls | Jul 30, 2013 |
His Family received the first Pulitzer for fiction (then called "novels") in 1918. It traces a middle-class New York family through their ups and downs from the early 1910's to 1917. The family consists of a widower (who wants to be close to his children but doesn't feel he is and whose response to any kind of conflict is to try to smooth it over, anything for peace), his oldest daughter (the traditional wife), her husband and 5 children, his middle daughter (a career woman/feminist), and his youngest daughter (party girl). It's an interesting story of family life in the early 20th century but, deeper than that, it seems to me to be an interesting portrayal of the conflicts and changes going on in American society and the world at that time. That the author was active in working for social reform is reflected in the book. It was also interesting to see the expectations for the future which are reflected in the book. I found it to be a most enjoyable read. ( )
  RebaRelishesReading | Sep 29, 2012 |
Won first Pulitzer Prize for Novel in 1918.

I was reminded of Virginia Woolf's The Years, but His Family is more personal and slightly less sweeping. The plotting is old-fashioned by today's standards, but the characterizations are developed and strong. The theme is well executed.

A great document of its time and of New York City in the 1910s. I wish more adults of today would read the book because it shows many of the issues we think of as so contemporary have been with our society for some time. Above all of that, though, this book celebrates family life, kindness, and the idea that with your family around you, you can get through anything.

While the novel features several interesting male characters, it is the females who are most interesting. The work features three kinds of pre-feminist women, although my use of the term pre-femnist here is ironic since the father calls Deborah a feminist at one point. Deborah is a career woman, running a school for immigrant children. She rejects the traditional women's roles because she is afraid of losing her identity. Edith, her older sister, is the opposite; she is married and has four children, and is pregant with her fifth child. She accepts the traditional, maternal, domestic role of a woman. Laura is the youngest, most carefree sister. She is interested in social activities, games, parties. Laura shows the materialistic woman, and hse married a wealthy man.

These early Pulitzer Prize winning novels show the struggles and hardships that are a part of the uniquely American experience. I think that when they were written part of their purpose was showing that people of all walks of life and personalities have troubles and obstacles in life. While His Family is quite dated in style, it contains some great lyrical passages that transmit the beauty of living and of the passing of generations. For us today, it is an interesting study in the expression, "the more things change, the more they stay the same." ( )
  briantomlin | Jun 18, 2009 |
This warm family saga takes place in New York City just prior to WWI.

Roger Gale is a 60 year old with three daughters. His wife, Judith, has died and he doesn't see much meaning to life although he remembers Judith's words. "Our lives go on in the lives of our children."

His eldest, Ethel, is expecting her 5th child, Deborah, at 29 is a school principle and Laura is the youngest. Her zest for life amazes him. "She even danced in restaurants."

One day, Laura surprises Roger, announcing she's getting married. It saddens him to think of his baby, his favorite, leaving the house. At the same time, he feels she hasn't given marriage much consideration.

Poole describes New York at this time in its growth, from going to concerts at Carnegie Hall to Roger's enjoyment of horseriding in Central Park on his own horse.

We also see the changes in the world in the last 90 years when Laura's suitor, Harold Sloane tells Roger that he can make Laura happy. He boasts. "Twenty two thousand this year...we can live on that..."

The writing is supurb. The story flows nicely as we follow the family's progress. It's also enjoyable to read the descriptions of the carefree time prior to the horrors of WWI. Poole has a talent for making the reader think as when Roger discusses Laura's wedding and tells Deborah, "Queer how a man can neglect his children...when the thing he wants most in life is to see each one...happy."

Laura's wedding comes and goes, Ethel has her child and Roger and Deborah have the house to themselves, each wondering how lonely things will be without Laura's energetic presence.

Another interesting fact comes out. To become more involved in her life, Roger goes to Debora's school, He meets an 18 year old, Johnny Geer, who is somewhat crippeled. Roger is impressed at Johnny's bravery and ambition and gives him a job. He asks Deborah's suitor, Dr Allain Baird, if anything can be done for Johnny and learns that it is too late and that Johnny only has a few years to live. Then the doctor comments, the time will be coming when people will have to guard their children even before they are born. (So an early evidence of the need for prenatal care).

Roger continues to support Johnny, Laura returns from Europe, Deborah begins planning marriage but without a plot spoiler, something happens to a member of the family.

WWI begins and Roger's business faces difficult times. The children ask for financial assistence but Roger has to admit he is poor.

The last quarter of the novel, things become sentimental, Johnny has a business idea that helps Roger's business.

Johnny's ascendence from a poor cripple 18 year old to a successful businessman adds a Dickensonian aspect to the novel.

The ending leaves the reader fulfilled.

Highly Recommended. ( )
  mikedraper | Nov 29, 2008 |
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Ernest Poole (1880 - 1950) was born in Chicago, Illinois on 23 Jan 1880, and graduated from Princeton University in 1902. He was a correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post in Europe before and during World War I. Beside "His Family", novel "The Harbor" has remained the work he is most well-known for. It is considered one of the first fictional works to offer a positive view of unions. His Family made him the first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1918. He died in Franconia, NH on 10 Jan 1950. His Family was published in 1917. It tells the story of a middle class family in 1910s New York City.

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