Publication date Young Lonigan is a novel by James T. Plot[ edit ] The story begins in , as year-old Studs is graduating from a Catholic elementary school. Patrick Lonigan, a genial undemanding father, is a successful painting contractor. He plans to send Studs to a prestigious Catholic high school, where he hopes his athletic son will become a football star. Studs seems to have a bright future in many ways: he is intelligent, popular, a good athlete, and an imaginative boy with a good heart.
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Apr 13, Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it He remembered Sister Bertha saying that God tested you with temptations of sins of the flesh, and if you were able to withstand them you neednt worry about not getting into Heaven.
Ninety-nine per cent of all the souls in Hell were there because of sins of the flesh. Hell suddenly hissed in Studs mind like a Chicago fire. And all the heads of the damned kept bobbing up, bobbing up. And everybody there was damned for eternity, damned to moan and burn, with only their heads now and then bobbing up out of the flames.
And if Studs died now, with his soul black from mortal sin, like it was, well, that was where he would go, and he would never see God, and he would never see Lucy, because she was good and would go to heaven, and he would never see Lucy And Studs was afraid of Old Man Death. He comes from a fairly well to do family.
His father owns rental properties. When he brings up the idea of not going on to school it is more about how it will look to the community than the impact it will have on Studs future. He is smart, well liked, and a great athlete all attributes that will help him be successful with further education. At fourteen his understanding of women is rudimentary at best. He is in love with Lucy Scanlan or at least he thinks he is. He looked at Lucy. She was cute, all right. He told himself that she was cute.
He told himself that he liked her. He repeated to himself that he liked her, and she was cute. His heart beat faster, and he scarcely knew what he was doing. I remembering wandering around more animal than man in a dopamine haze wishing I had a girlfriend or at least that a girl would notice me.
Well Studs does better than I did. It was so sudden, and her lips had such a sweet, candy taste that he was pleasantly surprised and stood there, not knowing what to do or say. He had never kissed sweet lips like that before. He faced her, and she was something beautiful anf fair, with her white dress vivid in the dark room.
She looked beautiful, like a flame. I felt that way about Studs. He has everything going for him. He is sensitive enough to notice the world around him beyond the most obvious observable things. He has a girlfriend, almost, who will make the boys in the neighborhood and in the surrounding neighborhoods green with envy. He has a best friend named Helen that understands him better than any boy can expect to be understood at the age of fourteen. The world is just waiting for him to grow up so he can be handed his successful life on a silver platter.
And he goddamned himself, because he was getting soft. He was a hard-boiled egg that they had left in the pot a couple of hours too long. He starts to hang out with the local punks and deadbeats. He gets into a physical altercation with the neighborhood bully Weary Reilly and I can feel Studs future hanging in the balance.
If he wins he loses and if he loses he might just win. The Scowling James T. Farrell James T. Farrell grew up in Chicago, Illinois and did not fare as well as Studs for an upbringing. His parents were too poor to care for him and he was raised by his grandparents. He knows first hand the vernacular of the streets of Chicago and this book brims with the authentic voices of Farrell was also active in Trotskyist politics and joined the Socialist Workers Party.
When he became critical of the policies of the SWP he decided that only capitalism would defeat Stalinism and joined the Socialist Party of America. Despite their differences he did stay in touch with the Trotskyist movement for the rest of his life.
This book is the first of a trilogy featuring our hero Studs Lonigan. On the flap of the Library of America edition is some interesting information about the impact of the trilogy on American society.
I felt that the book lacked a conclusion or at the very least I just wanted something more from the book. The writing is vivid and at times really damn compelling. Maybe Farrell had it in mind to write a trilogy from the very beginning or an editor decided to break the work up into several books.
More from the streets of Chicago next week.
Shelves: classics , social-commentary One of my great heroes, Studs Terkel -- born Louis Terkel-- adopted the name Studs because he was so affected by this book. There is so much to talk about. In a nutshell, the book is incendiary; powerful; and eerie in its contemporary feel. Anyone who has ever glorified a past they never lived as being more "moral" or genteel? Should read this tour de force and quickly.
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Apr 13, Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it He remembered Sister Bertha saying that God tested you with temptations of sins of the flesh, and if you were able to withstand them you neednt worry about not getting into Heaven. Ninety-nine per cent of all the souls in Hell were there because of sins of the flesh. Hell suddenly hissed in Studs mind like a Chicago fire. And all the heads of the damned kept bobbing up, bobbing up. And everybody there was damned for eternity, damned to moan and burn, with only their heads now and then bobbing up out of the flames.
Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James Farrell, First Edition