City of Girls

[PDF / Epub] ☆ City of Girls By Elizabeth Gilbert – In 1940 nineteen year old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College owing to her lackluster freshman year performance Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Pe In nineteen year old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College owing to her lackluster freshman year performance Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg who owns a flamboyant crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic City of PDF \ characters from the fun chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor a grand dame actress a lady killer writer and no nonsense stage manager But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand Ultimately though it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it It will also lead to the love of her life a love that stands out from all the restNow ninety five years old and telling her story at last Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a uniue love story set in the New York City theater world during the s Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret but mostly pleasure City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection City of Girls is a love story like no other.City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert is an award winning writer of both fiction and non fiction Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PENHemingway award and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book Her book The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s City of PDF \ Circle Award Her memoir Eat Pray Love spent weeks in the .

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  • Hardcover
  • 470 pages
  • City of Girls
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • English
  • 10 August 2016
  • 9781594634734

10 thoughts on “City of Girls

  1. says:

    I just finish this book seconds ago still soaking in the poolI can fully understand a wide range of reviews but truthfully I absolutely loved itI still have tears in my eyes I found the ending very movingIt was often an Audiobook HOOT But also something much deeperVivian Morris is a women I’ll remember Review to come soon I’m BackUPDATEAudiobooknarrated by Blair Brown FABULOUS READER Kudos to Blair BrownThis is another book that I almost skipped because I saw low reviews by friends I respect plus I’ve had my own up and down issues about past book written by Elizabeth Gilbert So far I seem to have extreme thoughts about Gilbert’s books I either can’t stand them or I’m ‘over the hill’ crazy in love with them “A Signature For Small Things” blew me away Loved it “Eat Pray Love”not so much I cherish how I’m feeling from this book I’m actually still digesting some of the essential insights In my thinking Gilbert has crafted a fulfilling and important path to understanding and healing ourselves and finding peaceShe did this with dazzling storytelling she didn’t have to write a ‘self awareness’ or ‘self help’ book to have us face our humility courage compassion and wisdom either It took the entire book for me to grow into the deeper messages Elizabeth Gilbert provided an opportunity for learning about ourselves She does this by creating lead protagonist Vivian Morris Maybe I’m the silly one but for me there was much authentic spirituality in this book naturally than I experienced in Gilbert’s book called “Big Magic” The characters in this book live LARGE The story itself is a huge sprawling chronicle a life story about a lofty supercilious honest and gracious character Vivian Morris She tells us several times that she is only good at two things sex and sewing NOT TRUE I was able to see early on how gracious of a friend she could be to both men and women We meet ‘the gang the family’at the Lily Playhousevaudeville theater in New York Citywith colorful show girls actors It’s a different era than today Besides Vivian we’ll meet Aunt Peg Olive Celia British actress Edna Parker Watson Star of the play called “City of Girls” Uncle Billy Marjorie Frank and Angela Towards the end of the book I was reminded of that powerful sentence I’ve heard a few times in my life“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle”Not a book for everyoneRead through many positive and critical reviews There are many of both Some words from critical reviewersToo longBoringDidn’t hold readers interest Too much sex uirky charactersTrashSilly and predictable Self Indulgent Debauchery sex and alcohol Shallow fluffPositives words from readersCaptivatingEntertaining Like a tray of Champagne cocktailsBetter than Harry PotterI couldn’t put it downAll the feelsGreat female charactersChampions independenceWeeping and can’t type A beautiful story A memorable storyNostalgicLots of sexLots of sexLots of sexGlitz and glamour Intoxicating by freedom a scintillating lifestyle Thought provokingLife lived to the fullest Amazing characters For me it was full of heart thought provoking funny sad animated with gorgeous vibrant lush language with a rich connection to acceptance forgivenessand love PSI really did cry while sharing about this story with Paul Sincerely moved at the endand the message I took in

  2. says:

    Gilbert’s narrator is an old woman named Vivian looking back at herself as a naive 19 year old who had just failed out of Vassar College She ranked 361 in a class of 362 surpassing only a girl who contracted polio Baffled by a daughter with no matrimonial or professional prospects Vivian’s parents send her off to an eccentric aunt who owns a crumbling theater in New York Light years from Broadway Aunt Peg’s Lily Playhouse offers cookie cutter musical comedies written on the fly for working class folk Vivian has no interest in acting but she adores fine clothes and she’s a whiz with a sewing machine Always on the lookout for talent her aunt makes her the theater’s costumer And so what should have been a mere summer interlude became a whole lifeUnfortunately what should have been a mere 300 page novel became a 470 page tome The best and worst thing that can be said about “City of Girls” is that it’s perfectly pleasant the kind of book one wouldn’t mind finding in a vacation condo during a rainy week In exchange for a series of diverting adventures it demands only stamina from its readersNot that it’s without charm Gilbert definitely knows her way around the vintage dress shop So many outfits are sharply described in these pages that rather than put this novel on a shelf you should hang it in a closet And she’s got a good ear for the arch repartee of 1940s comedy In the best passages her witty dialogue sparkles like diamonds in champagneBut this is a story that takes a half hour to travel a New York minute And that leisurely pace pushes To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert

  3. says:

    City of Girls is a genre bending uniuely structured light hearted deeply profound kind of novel whatever that means I'm honestly still in awe of it The first half has zero conflict and yet never fails to engage I devoured every moment of being young and careless in 1940's New York amid showgirls and theater personalities This glorious fantasy is so enrapturing it doesn't matter if nothing goes wrong In fact I prefer it that way Arguably when the complications do show up the novel peters out Writers are constantly taught that conflict is everything but in a way Gilbert proves the experts wrong Perhaps as the novel suggests of the 1940s this is a sign of the times When the world is conflicted enough we prefer pleasure over drama When the second half takes a serious turn it's a little disappointing Everything was so wonderful Why did you have to ruin it? The answer of course is that real life isn't all fun and feathers Gilbert succeeds in the grittier sections by showing us that even in the realm of adult conseuences it's possible to move beyond mistakes be true to yourself and ultimately live a fabulous life Other than feeling a little long in places I have no complaints Full disclosure I listened to the audio version which was so masterfully narrated that I have no doubt it enhanced the experience Dancing through the streets of New York is a great distraction on the daily commute but may struggle to demand my attention in bed after a long day If anybody transitioned from book to audio I'm curious to hear how the experience differed

  4. says:

    At 51% I’m done I loved the voice and the writing but I’m growing very weary of hearing about Vivian’s sexual exploits I loved the era and the setting The audiobook narrator was incredible But it wasn’t enough to save this book for me I’m all for women owning their sexuality but by the halfway point I’d like to see some growth and maturity Promiscuity is not a step forward for women it’s a step backwardVivian is rather a bore and this book is way too long given the subject matter Moving onI received an e galley via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    1 Elizabeth Gilbert has an excellent publicist2 Have sex and be happy3 Nothing happens during the first 50% Then there is mild drama followed by nothingness And it ends on a somber note

  6. says:

    Three joyful glamorous time travelling to 40’s but travel time was too long stars I really tossed around giving three to four stars because I enjoyed the writing but not sure about the character development I really enjoyed some parts so much Having fun to learn Broadway theater life and scandalous marvelous but also nasty controversy backstage life of the show girlsAs a narrator I liked the old self of Vivian she reminded me of a chatty grandma who has vivid imagination and sarcastic sense of humor But as a young person who was good at only two things sex and sewing I found her a little spoiled immature careless superficial Not only for her approach about monetary matters yes she was coming from healthy family raised with servants but she never understood the difference between rich and poor She also didn’t use any effort to achieve at Vassar where too many young people on her age dream to be educated but also her addiction to sex and attitudes with lack of emotions putting herself dangerous positions taking nonsense risks for this addiction Sometimes she even forgot that they’re in the middle of war Well at least I could say if she was living in 70’s instead of 40’s and her passion profession is PR instead of tailoring she would be a great younger version of Sex and City’s Samantha JonesAfter she got involved in a scandal she went back to her hometown Then with the help of her aunt she goes back for working for war cause At least she starts to head on something in her life involves noble causesWhat I really like about book is description of the life struggles of wartime and glamorous Broadway comedy theaters era I also liked the sarcastic and joyful tone of Vivian when she talks about her past It was so funny to see her worst regret is not having sex with men She was really one of kind I was really about to give four stars But the things I disliked force me to cut pointsI didn’t like Vivian’s a little narcissistic approach and seeing herself one and only star of her story Because there is nothing she’s achieved to be star of the story I accepted her flaws her resistance to grow up and seize the day enjoy life selfishly But still I wanted to say cut the point and give us something real about life Well as you can see she didn’t And this book is really too long It could be edited to 300 pages and we may enjoy fast paced gripping story I was expecting too much But still author’s writing is creative rich entertainingMaybe Eat Pray Love affected me so much so I was waiting for something inspirational emotional heart warming That’s why I'm a little disappointed

  7. says:

    Before I start I'd like to mention a few things Elizabeth Gilbert wrote at the beginning of the book which attracted me to it and also explains the book very well She saysI've longed to write a novel about promiscuous girls whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires then she introduces Vivian Morris who's our narrator and the main character of this book And Gilbert says My goal was to write a book that would go down like a champagne cocktail light and bright crisp and fun So she did This is a coming of age story of Vivian a very likeable and vivid character She's 19 when we start following her a college drop out coming from a wealthy family She moves to New York to live with her eccentric aunt Peg who owns a theatre and then her adventures begin We follow Vivian until she's very old I can easily say Vivian is a character you'd want to follow you'd want to listen to her stories because she's very energetic sassy free and fun I promise that I will try my best in these pages not to go on and on about how much better everything was back in my day I always hated hearing old people yammering on like this when I was young Nobody cares Nobody cares about your Golden Age you blathering goat And I do want to assure you I'm aware that many things were not better in the 1940s Underarm deodorants air conditioning were woefully inadeuate for instance so everybody stank like crazy especially in the summer and also we had HitlerThe book started very strong I loved Gilbert's note I loved Vivian right away She was so ready to throw herself out in the world and welcome all the experiences that was thrown back at her I think her attitude for life was a good reminder of 'life is short' and we mustn't forget to live it while we can Gilbert gave so much life and energy to her characters that it really impressed me so much They were all different than each other all flawed but amazing Peg uncle Billy Edna and many It was a parade of interesting people that we got to know so well I just could picture all of them in front of my eyes and I wished so badly I could transfer there to meet themFor me the highlight of this book is definitely how real and how vivid Gilbert writes It could be mistaken for a real memoir I was long and tall that's all there was to it And if it sounds like I'm about to tell you the story of an ugly duckling who goes to the city and finds out that she's pretty after all don't worry that is not that story I was always pretty Angela What's I always knew itAnother thing is the historical time Vivian was in 1940s It wasn't an easy period when there was the war Again I felt like I was transferred to those times to New York The amount of detail Gilbert put in her descriptions were so imaginative The way she described the dresses the society the theatres the effects of war on people was just impressive I loved it I wanted Vivian to be real so badly I wanted her to be on TV so I could watch her telling her stories even better a friend so I could have coffee with her It was also fascinating to watch her to get older and mature But in any part of her life she was interesting I highlighted so many of her comments and actually many characters In my opinion there's one thing that could be better in this book Sometimes the energy went down a bit too long some periods that were rather un eventful took space than it should But it didn't decrease my love for the book But all in all I thought this book was fantastically written with interesting characters Such vivid descriptions a lot of energy wit and wisdom A surprise would pop out of the pages every now and then In some ways it reminded me of Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but don't get me wrong here The stories aren't even remotely similar But the way I wanted Vivian to be real so much reminded me how much I wanted Evelyn Hugo to be real Because they were so well written captivating characters I hope this was useful

  8. says:

    35 Stars

  9. says:

    okay first i want to say that if i sent someone a letter asking ‘what were you to my father?’ and they responded with a 450 page answer i would literally roll my eyes so hard they would probably get permanently stuck but seriously how in the world did elizabeth gilbert think that writing this narrative as a letter made any sense?? especially when its only in the last 80 pages that the MC even begins to answer the original uestion i get that vivian is a very selfish and conceited character so writing a biography about her life and making sure she is the center of attention is very on brand for her but im just so confused as to why a letter was the choice method of narration for the authorregardless i did find vivians life to be rather fascinating this story is very evelyn hugo where one woman looks back on her life and her years of experience are what enable her to see things clearly i loved being able to explore NYC in the 1940s and how the world of theatre seemed so glamourous overall i thought vivians story was very readable and interestingi think readers who enjoy a chick lit vibe to historical fiction and dont mind a story thats on the unnecessarily longer side of things will appreciate this just like i did ↠ 35 stars

  10. says:

    City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert is a 2019 Riverhead publication This work of historical fiction spans several decades and follows the life of Vivian Morris During the 1940’s Vivian threw away a golden opportunity at Vassar College which prompted her parents to send her to New York to live with her eccentric Aunt Peg Aunt Peg owns a midtown theater and soon Vivian becomes enthralled with the thrill of live performances She uickly strikes up a close friendship with a couple of the showgirls and from there she embarks on a life of partying scoring men and falling prey to horrific scandal Years later Vivian receives a letter from a woman whose father was once close to Vivian asking what the nature of their relationship had been In her reply letter Vivian regales the reader with her colorful life story and through her memories she gains understanding of her life and herself I suppose that technically this book could be categorized as an epistolary novel although it is just the one letter I suppose and not a back and forth correspondence Either way Vivian now well on in years takes the reader on a long trip back down memory lane which will eventually reveal the answer to the simple yet complicated uestion posed to her This is my first book by Elizabeth Gilbert That's right I never read ‘Eat Pray Love’ which was a hot topic book at one time or anything else written by this author But about this book I had high hopes for this novel I’ve been on a long dry spell when it comes to historical fiction and hoped this one might be a nice change of pace from the current trends in this category I did finish the book but it was a struggle at times Vivian’s character as funny as she could be sometimes was too over the top with her casual promiscuity I uickly grew tired of hearing about all her one night conuests which were too many to count In fact the entire first half of the book could have been paired down without lessening the overall impact of the story There are emotional and poignant moments but the story experienced some turbulence in execution making it a bit of a bumpy ride The landing however was flat and anticlimactic for me It wasn’t as stirring or delightful or profound as I had hoped it might eventually become I would love to expound on why I feel this ambivalence towards the story but in doing so I’d reveal too much It wasn’t all bad and it was enjoyable enough to make it worth my time and effort but mostly I found it underwhelming 3 stars

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