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City of Girls: A Novel por Elizabeth Gilbert
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City of Girls: A Novel (original 2019; edição 2020)

por Elizabeth Gilbert (Autor)

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Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.… (mais)
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Título:City of Girls: A Novel
Autores:Elizabeth Gilbert (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2020), Edition: First Edition Thus, 496 pages
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City of Girls por Elizabeth Gilbert (2019)

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I was really enjoying this book. I loved the characters and the portrayal of theatre life in the 1940s. But I think the book just got too long. I started to wonder what Nathan and Marjorie really added to the story. Then, I started wondering all kinds of things, like if Vivian's dad disliked his sister Peg so much, why did he send Vivian to live with her? And, more fatally in terms of my enjoyment, I began to question the very premise of the narrative: would Angela really want to read all of this? So, I think a bit of editing to focus the narrative would have really helped...it would have concluded the story before I became impatient with some of the details. ( )
  LynnB | Jul 10, 2021 |
Imagine if you will a famous, if aging, actress who, with her young, handsome husband agrees to star in a play called City of Girls, written especially for her by a famed playwright and put on in a theater that desperately needs a hit to stay in business. Now imagine that being a mere side plot to a sprawling look at one woman's life from the 1940s to 2010. Elizabeth Gilbert's City of Girls is about the New York City theater world and freedom and judgement and love and embracing and accepting all the experiences of life, good and bad.

It's the 1940s and Vivian Morris, the daughter of a wealthy family in upstate New York, gets kicked out of Vassar college. Having no idea what to do with this ungrateful child who has no interest in either school or marriage, her parents ship her off to her unconventional Aunt Peg in New York City. Peg owns and operates a down at the heels, struggling theater called the Lily Playhouse. The shows put on at the Lily are mediocre and formulaic. Vivian, accustomed to wealth, notices all of this but she thrills to the glamorous and sexy NYC theater world anyway. She is a gifted seamstress and her Aunt Peg quickly employs her as a costumer for the theater, giving her an easy way to become friends with the showgirls. She parties hard with them, embracing the alcohol and the sex, and generally behaving as if the world isn't at war until a scandal sends her home with her tail between her legs for a time. But the Vivian she uncovered on her first foray into the City has changed her, taught her to embrace all of her wildness and reject the expected.

The novel is told as one long letter to the daughter of a man she once knew who has contacted her asking for the truth of Vivian's relationship with her father. As conceits go, it is a fine one but in this instance, it is far too long between the address and the end of the letter for it to work comfortably. That Vivian is almost 100 and is looking back at the most formative bits of her life, when she was just discovering who she was and that actions have consequences, makes this an epic of a story. The first part of the novel is full of gaiety and bad (sometimes in a good way) decisions and is loads of fun. Vivian and her friends bounce from party to party, bed to bed, man to man in a flamboyant and glittering world. The second half of the novel, while still full of sex and the embrace of sexuality, felt like a very different novel in tone. Gilbert's writing is evocative and her descriptions of New York through the decades are wonderful. Her characters are eccentric and fabulous and the reader never doubts that Vivian has lived quite a life. City of Girls is overly long for sure, especially if it truly had been a letter of explanation, but it is a mostly interesting look at an independent woman forging her own wild and unapologetic life, discovering the power of forgiveness, and learning about love in all its forms. ( )
  whitreidtan | Jun 23, 2021 |
Beautifully written. Great dialogue and period detail. But I just didn't care about the characters. Blair Brown is an awesome narrator. ( )
  RGilbraith | May 23, 2021 |
This was an easy read that I enjoyed a lot. The main character, Vivian is at the end of her life and is writing to the daughter of a close friend. She starts when she is 19 and sent to New York to live with her aunt Peg who owns a theatre the Lily. It was in interesting story describing a world in the theatre in the 1940’s. Recommended. ( )
  janismack | May 11, 2021 |
I have read many great books and every once in a while you are lucky enough to read one that really stays with you and you know that you will think about it for some time and remember it often. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert is one of these books.

I can't even begin to put into words how wonderful this book is. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more. There were interesting twists that I never saw coming. There were characters I liked so much I will miss them. At times a character made me so angry I wanted to reach in there and give that one a hard slap. I stayed up way too late reading and then I hated for it to end.

I read lots of war genre books and I will admit I know very little of the war on Pacific front. So much is written about the war in Europe and this book introduced me to just a small part of the horrors of that part of the war especially for Navy veterans. I will seek out more books written about the Pacific front.

There are so many quotable passages in this book that one could write a small journal of them. One of my favorite sections is about how when we age we lose so many friends that we have known and loved all our lives or at least for many years. It made me realize that there are two types of elderly. One that is a grumpy old person that is never satisfied or happy in their current life due to the changes in their world and the loss of close friends and family. And there is the elderly that are the young at heart. While mourning the loss of dear friends they are constantly learning something new and meeting new and younger friends. I hope I always remain the young at heart.

In ending, I do hope that Angela accepts Vivian's invitation and if you want to know who and why, read the book. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
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Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

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