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The Lincoln Highway (2021)

por Amor Towles

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"The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction-to the City of New York. Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes"--… (mais)
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What a fantastic story! I couldn't put it down.
A journey across America from Nebraska to California goes awry. Emmett is forced to change his plans, and an adventure into 1950s NYC ensues. The characters experience a "one-of-a-kind" kind of day!
The ending was a surprise, and I reread the last two chapters twice. The last scene is unforgettable! But I won't provide any spoilers.

Some touching quotes:

"The funny thing about a picture, thought Wolly, the funny thing about a picture is that while it knows everything that's happened, it knows absotively nothing about what will happen next. And yet, once the picture has been framed and hung on a wall, what you see when you look at it closely are all the things that were about to happen. All the un-things. The things that were un anicipated. And unintended. And unreversible." p. 498
How many of us have had an experience like this, looking at photographs of lost love-ones and lost times?
"If you give a trait that by all appearances is a merit... and give it to some poor soul in abundance, it will almost certainly prove an obstacle to their happiness..." p. 495

"Wouldn't it be wonderful, though Wooly, if everybody's life was like a piece in a jigsaw puzzle? then no one person's life would ever be an inconvenience to anyone else's. It would fit just snugly in its very own, specially designed spot, and in so doing, would enable the whole intricate picture to become complete." p. 500

That's true!
This is a book that made me laugh, cry, and think!
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  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
The Lincoln Highway is my second attempt at reading an Amor Towles literary work — and I am so glad I did. A coming of an age story which takes place during the simpler times of the 1950’s. Following the return home from a boys’ work camp, Emmett Watson finds himself in charge of his 8-year-old brother, Billy. Emmett, who has a strong moral compass, soon learns that two of his work camp mates, Woolly and Duchess, broke out of the camp and stowed away in the vehicle that brought Emmett home. The next ten days follows the adventures of Emmett, Billy, Woolly, and Duchess as they each make their way home, be it literally or figuratively.

Masterfully written, The Lincoln Highway winds and meanders as it tells the story of right from wrong, good, and bad, and how in the end, each man lives by a code enforced only by himself. Towles has an incredible way of weaving in the past with the present so that he meets the reader where they are while getting his point across. I can’t say I’m big on literary fiction, but The Lincoln Highway is one that I will proudly display on my shelf.

The page count feels daunting, but the story is riveting because of its affable characters. You will not regret the time spent on The Lincoln Highway. ( )
  LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |
Towles is a masterful storyteller. Another favorite of all of our book club picks. ( )
  bookem | Mar 27, 2024 |
On his release from a reform school after the death of his father Emmett decides to leave Nebraska for California with his little brother Billy to find their mother. First, however, they have to help two absconders from the reform school, Duchess and Woolly, get to New York, where they are hoping to claim and divide Woolly's inheritance.

Great fun, with engaging characters I kept reading to learn more about. Ultimately, the book left me wanting to know what happened next, whether Emmett and Billy made it to California and whether they found their mother. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Mar 17, 2024 |
This is one of those books that is easy to read, has a great story, but manages to bring out the dark aspects of what does the American Dream, from owning (and loosing) a farm, to being so well off that everyday things, like chain restaurants are new to you.

The ending was unexpected, but the story is incredibly readable, from Billy and his belief in the hero story, to Wooly, and how he has such a hard time fitting into this world. Duchess reminds me a bit of Ferris Buhler, a trickster who wants to help his friends, but does it the worst possible way. Emmet just wants to get on with his life after being sent to the juvenal work farm after an awful accident. Even Sally's story was interesting even with a minor part of the book.

Well written, very easy to read, but not at all simple, this is an incredible book. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Mar 5, 2024 |
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He knew too that he had been an agent of misfortune rather than its author. But he didn't agree that his debt had been paid in full. For no matter how much chance had played a role, when by your hands you have brought another man's time on earth to its end, to prove to the Almighty that you are worthy of his mercy, that shouldn't take any less time than the rest of your life.
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Regardless of who had been provoked by who, or whom by whom, when Emmett hit the Snyder kid at the county fair, he took on a debt just as surely as his father had when he had mortgaged the family farm.
I don’t blame Him. Whom I blame is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and every other man who’s served as priest or preacher since.
To Emmett, all the houses in this part of the country looked like they'd been dropped from the sky. The Watson house just looked like it'd had a rougher landing. The roof line sagged on either side of the chimney and the window frames were slanted just enough that half the windows wouldn't quite open and the other half wouldn't quite shut.
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"The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction-to the City of New York. Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes"--

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