The bestselling novel that became an Oscar-winning film starring Elizabeth Taylor about New York's speakeasy generation
A masterpiece of American fiction and a bestseller upon its publication in 1935, BUtterfield 8 lays bare with brash honesty the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression. One Sunday morning, Gloria wakes up in a stranger's apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress, stockings, and panties. When she steals a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she unleashes a series of events that can only end in tragedy. Inspired by true events, this novel caused a sensation on its publication for its frank depiction of the relationship between a wild and beautiful young woman and a respectable, married man.
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Hard and painful to read
I get it! Now I completely understand the real story behind BUtterfield 8, the Elizabeth Taylor movie. O’Hara is not the easiest or calmest read, but he obviously felt compelled to get the muck and filth of his era out of his system. It’s hard and by the end it’s painful. Leaning on despair. I need a crutch after finishing the book, or perhaps a good stiff drink, and I’m not even a drinker. Rise above the quintessential racial and ethnic bigotry if you are tempted to read it. But DO READ IT!
O’Hara was not properly appreciated for his creativity and intelligent writing. I was happy to have been introduced to his books by an old family friend. I have read two of his books (BUTTERFIELD 8 & APPOINTEMENT IN SAMARRA), and look forward to reading TEN NORTH FREDERICK.