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There are literary places A geographical conjunction of human and social factors able to create the drama It was for Proust Cabourg and the Grand H tel Cap Code belongs to this places US aristocracy meet between here This human society has its own codes and rituals They live protected in magnific house.The son of Wise, a great and powerful lawyer, is in love with the niece of Lem, his black domestic That could be a mix of Downton Abbey and Guess who s coming to dinner last Spence There are literary places A geographical conjunction of human and social factors able to create the drama It was for Proust Cabourg and the Grand H tel Cap Code belongs to this places US aristocracy meet between here This human society has its own codes and rituals They live protected in magnific house.The son of Wise, a great and powerful lawyer, is in love with the niece of Lem, his black domestic That could be a mix of Downton Abbey and Guess who s coming to dinner last Spencer Tracy movie This transgression will be involuntarily at the origin of the drama The past of Wise re appear Lem will die As said Balzac At the origin of each fortune, there is a crime Many years later, the son of Wise will leave in search of the niece of Lem Undoubtedly a kind of redemption for him But things are not also simple.There is only in american litterature wher I find novel able to approach topics as difficults as religion, difference of class, family, social success without militancy or pathos This nowel is particulary successfull It would make a splendid film While the descriptive writing in this was really pretty good, I did not care for the rest at all The relationships between the characters are completely unbelievable view spoiler I am over books with main characters who conveniently end up with piles of money at the end Also the one sentence when the main character states that there is no point in writing about his life with his wife because they were happy just really rubbed me the wrong way He may have been happy but I wonder how she fel While the descriptive writing in this was really pretty good, I did not care for the rest at all The relationships between the characters are completely unbelievable view spoiler I am over books with main characters who conveniently end up with piles of money at the end Also the one sentence when the main character states that there is no point in writing about his life with his wife because they were happy just really rubbed me the wrong way He may have been happy but I wonder how she felt knowing her husband was still writing mystery letters to another woman and emailing her every birthday Also the idea that there was guilt on Hilly s part over the death of Lem was ridiculous They were not friends and let s face it, Lem was doing what he was accused of doing Although the idea of him reading confidential correspondence in an attempt to get blackmail material was like everything else in this book, a huge stretch hide spoiler The twist at the end So predictable and not even that interesting I love first novels So much promise and such a thrill when a first time author has written a really good book Stuart Nadler has written a first novel and it s a really, really good book Wise Men.The story begins in a fictional Cape Cod town located between Wellfleet and Truro where Art Wise has bought a modest summer house Art had been an ambulance chaser until he took on a class action suit against an airline, accusing the company of negligence Before long he was working for airline compan I love first novels So much promise and such a thrill when a first time author has written a really good book Stuart Nadler has written a first novel and it s a really, really good book Wise Men.The story begins in a fictional Cape Cod town located between Wellfleet and Truro where Art Wise has bought a modest summer house Art had been an ambulance chaser until he took on a class action suit against an airline, accusing the company of negligence Before long he was working for airline companies, finding ways to protect them from such suits He and his partner, Robert Ashley, became extremely rich.Hilly Wise, Art s 17 year old son, falls in love that first summer on the Cape, with Savannah, the niece of his father s hired hand, Lem Dawson, a black man The adults come between them and Art accuses Lem of theft, prosecutes, and sees that he is given a stiff sentence in state prison Three months later Lem is murdered by another inmate Hilly feels guilty and suspects his father had something to do with the murder.Art denies it but as time goes along Hilly can t forget his part in Lem s arrest And he doesn t forget Savannah He refuses to take any of his father s money and becomes a newspaper reporter whose specialty is the civil rights movement Reading that a brick had been thrown through the window of Savannah s father s cafe in a small Iowa town, he visits in hopes of meeting Savannah again.He does, but things don t work out the way he had hoped Savannah is married, and Hilly goes back to Boston and he marries, too Eventually his dad gives him the house on the cape, where he and his family live for many years.The fraught relationship between the nouveau rich Art and his judgemental son is well portrayed In the scenes in the beginning of the book, Hilly s immaturity and the lack of judgement that makes him responsible for Lem s prosecution are tense and sad Late in the book the mood is elegaic as Art and Bob, the old men, are becoming frail Hilly still thinks of Savannah and arranges for her to visit him at the house on the Cape.Nadler spins the plot into gold Hilly s relationship with his father and his inability to forget Savannah are touching, and the ending, which has some surprises as all good plots do, is splendid This book was such a disappointment It was selected based on the interesting description but sadly the story itself did not live up to the book jacket I don t think this is a story about fathers and sons at all, nor is it about racial violence There is a father and a son in the story and racial violence occurs but what either of those things have to do with the story line is tenuous at best I think it is about the narrator who is a guy that never grows up Hilly is a Peter Pan type of guy This book was such a disappointment It was selected based on the interesting description but sadly the story itself did not live up to the book jacket I don t think this is a story about fathers and sons at all, nor is it about racial violence There is a father and a son in the story and racial violence occurs but what either of those things have to do with the story line is tenuous at best I think it is about the narrator who is a guy that never grows up Hilly is a Peter Pan type of guy He has ideas about what his life might be like but he never actually puts anything together He says he doesn t want his father s money but of course he takes it and lives off it for the bulk of his life He picks a job as a journalist but only so he can, for lack of a better word, stalk a woman he had a crush on when he s a teenager He says Lem is his friend, but then he starts a series of events that ends in tragedy And there is never any good reason given for why he betrays his friend Save me from friends like Hilly I saw nothing that Hilly brought to anyone s life Other people were building their lives around him but he had some vision of what might have been that he couldn t ever get over Had it not been for Jenny, his wife, who gets completely dismissed in this story I think Hilly would have ended up very badly The end of the story is a complete disappointment what a cliche throwaway of an ending I guess the commonality of forbidden love was, in the end, the tie between Hilly and his father Hilly s mother was present in the story but completely absent from his life.The writing was good the story was terrible [ Read ] ♀ La fortuna dei Wise ⚖ La fortuna cade letteralmente dal cielo per Arthur Wise, piccolo avvocato ebreo di provincia, sotto forma di un aereo della Boston Airways che precipita nel mare del New England Wise d il via a una class action vittoriosa che far di lui il terrore delle compagnie aeree di linea, e un uomo ricchissimo Compera una magnifica tenuta a Cape Cod, con due case, una per s , la moglie e il figlio Hilly, l altra per l amico e socio Robert Ashley Con la propriet arriva anche l houseboy nero dei precedenti abitanti, Lem Dawson, che viene incaricato di fare la spola con messaggi e documenti tra le due case e i due soci L adolescente Hilly si innamora della nipote di Lem, la bellissima Savannah, e l innocente relazione tra i due ragazzi dar il via a una serie di eventi imprevedibili quanto drammatici A poche pagine dall inizio, Stuart Nadler ha gi introdotto nella sua storia i temi classici della letteratura americana di sempre la fortuna improvvisa, le cause legali collettive, l amicizia maschile, l a interrazziale, l impulsivit giovanile, la vendetta, i contrasti tra padre e figlio, la prepotenza del denaro, perfino il baseball Cinquant anni dopo ritroviamo tutti a Cape Cod Hilly vedovo e ha quattro figlie, Savannah ha un marito e un figlio adottivo, Arthur Wise stanco e malato, e tutti i personaggi stanno ancora cercando di farsi una ragione di quello che era accaduto nello stesso posto tanti anni prima Il finale, assolutamente a sorpresa, riallaccia i nodi di vicende fino a quel momento misteriose, svelando segreti a lungo conservati Ambizioso, e dotato di grande talento, Nadler coinvolge il lettore in una storia americana che riprende la grande narrativa dei secoli passati, i suoi temi, i suoi personaggi emblematici, le sue persistenti contraddizioni, raccontando per con tutta la freschezza e l entusiasmo di chi quella storia, quei temi, li ha rielaborati alla luce della contemporaneit In the spring of 1947 a passenger plane, owned by Boston Airways, crashed near Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Fifty six people died in the crash, thirteen of them children Arthur Wise, a New Haven based slip and fall and sue attorney happened to be connected to one of the passengers on the fated flight, a brother of one of his old law school classmates In the weeks and months following the disaster, Wise researched the circumstances of the crash, along with the safety and maintenance record In the spring of 1947 a passenger plane, owned by Boston Airways, crashed near Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Fifty six people died in the crash, thirteen of them children Arthur Wise, a New Haven based slip and fall and sue attorney happened to be connected to one of the passengers on the fated flight, a brother of one of his old law school classmates In the weeks and months following the disaster, Wise researched the circumstances of the crash, along with the safety and maintenance records of the airline, finally concluding that he had a legal case against the airline, he filed suit against Boston Airways Interestingly, in the late 1940 s, class action lawsuits were unusual, considered almost radical to most people The few that did come to light, attracted heavy media attention while at the same time grabbing the interest of the general public Arthur Wise understood, and took advantage of these conditions, one of the most notable came when during an interview, he described the Boston Airlines crash as the biggest threat to civilian safety since the Blitz His theatrics and dramatic statements found a willing and attentive audience of post war Americans who no longer had Germans or Japanese to oppose Even before the case went to trial, Arthur Wise was already becoming a celebrity in America Wise ultimately won the case, along with a handsome settlement From a historical standpoint, Wise s success came at just the right time Commercial aviation was becoming very popular, and every year there wereandflights taking off from airports all over the world But safety standards were not yet formalized in the airline industry, and as a result, between 1948 and 1952 there were hundreds of airplane crashes around the world Wise was one of the few attorneys who d taken on and beaten a corporate airline, because of this, he was often courted by the lead plaintiff s lawyers to settle This happened in dozens of class action lawsuits that were similar in size and scope to his case against Boston Airlines These conditions came together fantastically for Arthur Wise The big corporate defense firms hired to represent the affected airlines, offered settlements as fast as Wise could file suit He d found his niche in the legal profession, no one wanted to challenge him, he was famous and was becoming fantastically wealthy That s when everything changed for the Wise Family Hilton Hilly Wise, Arthur s son was twelve years old when the Boston Airlines crash occurred, he was seventeen when his father moved he and his mother Ruth from New Haven to Wren s Bridge, a bedroom community half hour north of Manhattan in order to be closer to the Court of Appeals in New York during the Boston Airlines case Hilly was unhappy with the move, he missed his school friends, the neighborhood he lived and most of all, he missed playing baseball, their new home didn t have a league Hilly ran away from home, back to New Haven, but his father was there to pick him up to take him back to Wren s Bridge almost immediately after his teenage son set foot back in his old neighborhood Shortly after Arthur won the Boston Airlines case, he found himself in the financial position to purchase a beach home with an ocean view, something he d always wanted and a symbol of his new found success The new home was located near a place called Blue point, a small town on the far edge of the flexed arm of Cape Cod, between two other towns, Wellfleet and Truro Hilly and his mom Ruth were taken to see their new home, and also saw that the place, about a mile down the shoreline, that Robert Ashley, Arthur s partner in the firm was also to live Hilly soon meets the caretaker of the property, a middle aged Negro man named Lem Dawson who simply chose to remain after the previous owners sold the property to Arthur Wise Both Arthur and to a slightly lesser extent, Hilly s mom Ruth treat Lem dismissively as the hired man Their initially vague prejudices also begin to show through where Lem is concerned First, when Arthur begins referring to Dawson as boy and later when Arthur notices Hilly befriending Lem and discourages it in no uncertain terms Lem is an important character, partly because of his own contribution to the story, and partly because he is the uncle of a young lady named Savannah Ewing Lem s sister, Savannah s mom, has passed away and Savannah was since raised by her father Charles, a gambler with a spotty employment record who also happened to be a talented baseball player who through a series of unfortunate circumstances, was only given a tiny taste of major league action as a player Mostly, Charles and Savannah live in near poverty It is Savannah and Lem that change the course of the remainder of Hilly s life After reading Wise Men it comes as no surprise that Stuart Nadler has already won a number of awards as a writer There are a number of aspects to his writing style that captured, and held my attention Firstly, it s the atmosphere In a number of scenes, Nadler shows his penchant for slowing the pace of the story, just enough to allow us to consider and appreciate the importance of setting the characters find themselves in One example that stood out in my memory was the way Nadler describes the Wise s new house in Bluepoint, Massachusetts The house itself was spare, white, the floorboards bleached, the back windows open to the water Salt air in the kitchen Twin wicker settees in the living room, a shipman s lanterns on a side table, a tide chart, two years old, folded on the lip of a broker radiator like a road map As I read scenes like these, I often pause to reflect on what a place like this would look like in my mind s eye, knowing it s a location that is sure to be visited over and over again over the course of the story In another scene, Nadler describes the landscape of rural Iowa We d taken the country road out of Ebbington, passing for ten miles through empty, flat country so stark, it seemed like land that hadn t been discovered by man, just the dark space between towns Towns in Iowa crop up unexpectedly, sometimes in the crook of an elbow, sometimes on what passes for high ground Everything here is postglacial, steamrolled by ice, carved by wind While I enjoyed Wise Men I moved through itslowly than I might with other titles This is partly because of scenes like this one I ll read them, then set the book down, close my eyes and try to see the rural Iowa that Nadler is telling me about Secondly, I like how Nadler injects authentic history into his story I ve always enjoyed reading the work of authors who do this well In Nadler s case these really stood out, including a reference to the connection between Arthur Wise and John F Kennedy Jack Kennedy, at the time the congressman from Massachusetts s Eleventh District Kennedy, in 1952 was a few months away from running against Henry Cabot Lodge for the commonwealth s Senate seat and had sent an emissary to curry favor with my father a needless trip, for my father was a conservative in the most stringent sense aggressive in his stance toward Communism, aggressive in his stance toward regulations of the market, and aggressive toward what he considered the cowardice of liberalism I appreciated how Nadler caused his fictional timelines to dovetail neatly with the actual history of John F Kennedy s political rise, a phenomenon that would ve certainly played into almost any story taking place in Cape Cod during the early 1950 s Lastly, and without giving too much away, I was amazed at the sense of nostalgia I felt as I passed the halfway mark of this novel It s a testament to the power that an exceptionally well crafted story has to suspend our sense of reality Time in a fictional story and the real time passage of time are wildly out of sync when twenty years pass in just a number of chapters Much reflection comes with these experiences, even though the rational part of our mind knows that this is a story of fiction and only a few hours or days have actually passed as we read I experienced a strong sensation of this kind of reality suspension as I read this book As a work of fiction where the sense of the passing of twenty years was so powerfully felt, I felt as though I had to shake it off What a wonderful feeling Wise Men really stood out from this aspect A truly fantastic book Based upon the book description, Wise Men was something different and not what I expected For me, the storyline didn t match the description or maybe I just didn t want a story that was centered primarily around Hilly and his horrible father Or one that only treated Savannah as a secondary character Also, while I know that bigots racists come in all colors, shapes, sizes, genders,religions, creedsit still annoys the heck out of me that another group that was abused, mistreated, persecuted Based upon the book description, Wise Men was something different and not what I expected For me, the storyline didn t match the description or maybe I just didn t want a story that was centered primarily around Hilly and his horrible father Or one that only treated Savannah as a secondary character Also, while I know that bigots racists come in all colors, shapes, sizes, genders,religions, creedsit still annoys the heck out of me that another group that was abused, mistreated, persecuted ie Jews can still so easily and without conscious abuse and disrepect another group of folks ie blacks Or at least that s how the author portrayed Arthur Wise in this storylineperception can often be reality Maybe I shouldn t think too hard about this book because theI think about itthedisgusted I become with Hilly who was a coward and a liar and theI wish I had never met his father, Arthur Oh, and the endingare you kidding me Seems like a case of an author running out of steam but realizing that they must end the story some sort of way so they come up with something out of left field and that they believe to be sensational Fortunately, I had already figured out the big secret in the middle of the storyline so I wasn t surprisedjust perturbed that the author took so long and waited until the last minute for the reveal This isn t a book that I would necessarily recommend to othersprimarily because it s one that will be easily forgettable after a day or so So, in closing, read at your own risk The book jacket screams, reminiscent of Harper Lee , winsome and compelling narrator , brilliantly plotted and carefully observed I d have to agree If you lived in an alternate universe, that is, where any kind of falderal and gibberish passes for literature This book has as much in common with Harper Lee as Homer, the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, has in common with Homer Jay Simpson, erstwhile Safety Inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Plant Harper Lee lived, and underst The book jacket screams, reminiscent of Harper Lee , winsome and compelling narrator , brilliantly plotted and carefully observed I d have to agree If you lived in an alternate universe, that is, where any kind of falderal and gibberish passes for literature This book has as much in common with Harper Lee as Homer, the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, has in common with Homer Jay Simpson, erstwhile Safety Inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Plant Harper Lee lived, and understood, To Kill a Mockingbird Nadler watched the made for tv movie, took notes, and rendered a feeble facsimile of inter racial tensions and complexities At the very best, this book is an annoyance At its worst, it is a violation against the civil rights movement and the intricacies of human interaction, in that very difficult post war period in America.I am offended by the simple minded narrative and dialogue that readslike a pre pubescent teen s novel of sexual discovery than it does of any complicated social and racial issues It s as if the author felt that if he threw in a Jew, a Black Man and a couple of homosexuals into the mix, stirred it up and threw some period specific lingo, he d have the perfect recipe for exploring the emotional ferment of that period from the 1950s to 1970s.Better to have titled the novel Idiot in America, for the punning of the Wise family moniker with the wise men really grates like nails on chalkboard This book is written by someone who is a product of the Iowa Writer s Workshop so it is no surprise that it was a very good book Also Iowa has a bit part Mostly the story is about a father and son and their relationship as well as the way the times they are living in shape them The 1950s through the 1970s was a time of prejudice of all kinds, but especially racial prejudice and tension A relationship between a poor black African American girl and a white middle class boy whose family moves This book is written by someone who is a product of the Iowa Writer s Workshop so it is no surprise that it was a very good book Also Iowa has a bit part Mostly the story is about a father and son and their relationship as well as the way the times they are living in shape them The 1950s through the 1970s was a time of prejudice of all kinds, but especially racial prejudice and tension A relationship between a poor black African American girl and a white middle class boy whose family moves up economically to the rich is one of the main themes And like real life in those times the situation is complex and confusing, frustrating, and unfair The author captures the feeling of this time period well He describes the smoking, drinking, ostentation of those moving on up It is the time when white men could start from little or nothing and become well to do The same time period covered by the series Mad Men I thought this book was coming to an end several times and then it would go on to another chapter, just as real life does Captivating and realistic Not predictable Good to the end The majority of the story is about Hilly Wise, the son of obnoxious nouveau riche Jewish attorney, Arthur Wise Hilly has a near stalking obsession with Savannah, a poor local black girl he knew briefly when they were teenagers His odyssey of trying to contact her through the convening years is two fold He wants to rekindle what he perceives as a love interest between them, of which she seems to be indifferent, but also because he feels responsible for sending Savannah s Uncle Lem, Arthur Wise The majority of the story is about Hilly Wise, the son of obnoxious nouveau riche Jewish attorney, Arthur Wise Hilly has a near stalking obsession with Savannah, a poor local black girl he knew briefly when they were teenagers His odyssey of trying to contact her through the convening years is two fold He wants to rekindle what he perceives as a love interest between them, of which she seems to be indifferent, but also because he feels responsible for sending Savannah s Uncle Lem, Arthur Wise s handyman, to prison for stealing some papers from Arthur s briefcase These papers play a part in a big family secret that is revealed on the last page of which, I might add, I just assumed during the course of reading the book The stories I really enjoy are ones that leave me satisfied as I close the book for the last time Satisfied in that, I m glad I took the time to read it and also a feeling of sadness that the story is over I never got that with this book