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The Chateau

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Book Summary of The Chateau

Maxwell is the unsung hero of American literature. This is a about the charms and disenchantments of travel.

It is 1948 and a young American couple arrive in France for a holiday, full of anticipation and enthusiasm. But the countryside and people are war-battered, and their reception at the Chateau Beaumesnil is not all the open-hearted Americans could wish for.

About the Author
William Maxwell was born in Illinois in 1908. He was the author of a distinguished body of work: six novels, three short story collections, an autobiographical memoir and a collection of literary essays and reviews. A New Yorker editor for forty years, he helped to shape the prose and careers of John Updike, John Cheever, John O'Hara and Eudora Welty. So Long, See You Tomorrow won the American Book Award, and he received the PEN/Malamud Award. He died in New York in 2000.

Details of Book: The Chateau (BSID:5557)

Book The Chateau
Author William Maxwell
ISBN 1860468144
ISBN-13 9781860468148, 978-1860468148
Binding Paperback
Publisher Vintage Classics
Publishing Date 2012
Number of Pages 416
Language English
Dimensions 7.8 x 5.08 x 1.02 inches
Weight 293 grams

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Ted March 09, 2012 review from Goodreads

A strange book. When I try and say what it's about, all I can think to say is that it's about a couple on vacation. But there's so much more. Maxwell captures perfectly the feelings of alienation in the traveler. There's the social disappointments, the inadvertent offense given, the anxiety about...

Kklingon January 03, 2011 review from Goodreads

A rich and romantic story of a young American couple visiting France shortly after WW2; not Maxwell's best but still enjoyable. As Howard and Barbara Rhodes fall in love with France and its culture, they want to BE French and relate on an easy and intimate level with everyone they meet. Of course...

John December 06, 2011 review from Goodreads

I had never read any Maxwell before, nor based upon the descriptions of his other work, am I likely to do so - those themes just don't interest me. But, I decided to spend an Audible credit on this one, after listening to the sample. A good choice as it turned out.Without rehashing the plot (too...

Allyson February 23, 2012 review from Goodreads

This book was written in 1961 and it felt of a different era, not modern or contemporary. His writing is beautiful and something I never could achieve especially his plot and character development. But it felt flat, as if in a play, a play being watched with clipped diction and uni dimensional ch...

Fatma March 13, 2012 review from Goodreads

I really thought this was an excellently written book, and wonder if some of it might be autobiographical; I don't know anything about the author other than that he was an editor also, but he writes with a certain nostalgia that comes when you can tell an author is giving an account that is more...


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