Firecrackers: A Realistic Novel PDF

Title Firecrackers: A Realistic Novel
Author Carl Van Vechten Mint Editions
Publisher Mint Editions
Category Literary Fiction Historical Fiction General Fiction
Released Date 2021-08-02
Language English
Format EPUB / PDF
Pages 213
Total Downloads 18
Total Views 72
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Firecrackers: A Realistic Novel (1925) is a novel by Carl Van Vechten. Published in the same year as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Van Vechten’s novel has been recognized as an important document of the Jazz Age, a decade of bohemian excess and artistic experimentation that changed the shape of American and European culture. “You must think of a group of people in terms of a packet of firecrackers. You ignite the first cracker and the flash fires the fuse of the second, and so on, until, after a series of crackling detonations, the whole bunch has exploded, and nothing survives but a few torn and scattered bits of paper, blackened with powder.” In Van Vechten’s novel, an explosive group of friends welcomes a handsome young man into their midst. Gunnar O’Grady, an athlete and a jack of all trades, soon becomes an object of obsession for men and women alike. As he tries to satisfy their needs and desires while working to support himself, he begins to question the meaning of friendship itself. Firecrackers: A Realistic Novel, Van Vechten’s fourth novel, is a fascinating work of fiction from a man who was always one step ahead of the r...


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