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Up in the Old Hotel


"The master of a journalistic style long vanished - urbane, lucid, courteous...A masterpiece of observation and storytelling". (Ian McEwan). Mitchell ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

A wonderful find

by Mattjl on Sep 25, 2008

I read an article about Joseph Mitchell in the Chicago Tribune in the summer of this year. I was unfamilar with him as his heyday as a non-fiction writer was in the 40s and 50s. However, I managed to locate a number of his books and have read them all. The writing is brilliant and the characterizations of the people of NY and New Jersey at that time are as fine as any I have read. The center of each book is the water-the oceans and rivers, the men who ply them and the area around the Fulton Fish Market where they sell their catches. Up in the Old Hotel will give you a wonderful sense of a time long past and some wonderful characters that lived a very different life. It is the best writing I have read in many, many years.

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