Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel (2020)

Nick and Jake An Epistolary Novel America in seems hell bent on squandering the flood tide of international goodwill earned in WWII Senator Joe McCarthy is on a red hunting rampage in Washington and the fledgling CIA under Allen
  • Title: Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel
  • Author: Jonathan Richards Tad Richards
  • ISBN: 9781611457230
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • America in 1953 seems hell bent on squandering the flood tide of international goodwill earned in WWII Senator Joe McCarthy is on a red hunting rampage in Washington, and the fledgling CIA under Allen Dulles is starting to dabble in nation building.Into this moment of history wander Nick Carraway and Jake Barnes, refugees from Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby and Hemingway sAmerica in 1953 seems hell bent on squandering the flood tide of international goodwill earned in WWII Senator Joe McCarthy is on a red hunting rampage in Washington, and the fledgling CIA under Allen Dulles is starting to dabble in nation building.Into this moment of history wander Nick Carraway and Jake Barnes, refugees from Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby and Hemingway s The Sun Also Rises They begin a correspondence that leads to a close friendship, and widens to include a bizarre cast of characters From the classic fiction of the period come Larry Darrell The Razor s Edge , Alden Pyle The Quiet American , Lady Brett Ashley and Robert Cohn The Sun Also Rises , and from real life, Roy Cohn Robert s nephew and his pal Davey Schine, Roy s boss Joe McCarthy, the Dulles brothers, the Weavers, French intellectuals Sartre and De Beauvoir, Iranian premier Dr Mohammed Mossadegh, novelist Jackie Susann, music moguls Jerry Wexler and Ahmed Ertegun, and sex change pioneer Christine Jorgensen Jake discovers a CIA plot to cause a coup in France, and Nick and Jake must do their best to save their country from itself while affairs of the heart change both of their lives and teach them lessons about life and love Nick Jake finds the uproarious comic potential in a chilling period of American history that has alarming echoes in our own.
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    1. 3 out of 5 stars to Jonathan Richards s book, Nick and Jake An Epistolary Novel, published in 2012 I m not ashamed to admit it, but I had to look up the word epistolary, as I had no clue what it meant Usually I m good at determining the meaning of a word by breaking it up into smaller words, using my etymological skills I am either getting old or I just had brain freeze it shouldn t have been that hard since it s Latin and French Epistolary means written in the form of letters, which is exactly [...]

    2. 3.5 stars An entertaining riff on the McCarthy era told in letters, articles, telegrams by characters both real imagined who are mostly located in Paris Quite fun If you enjoyed the movie Midnight in Paris a complete gem of a film , you may get a kick out of this book Different time period but a similar vibe.

    3. Nick and Jake An Epistolary Novel by Jonathan Richards and Tad Richards mixes literary figures with historical persons In 1953 Nick Carraway, one hit wonder novelist and Assistant Undersecretary of State for European Affairs, becomes friends with Jake Barnes, expatriate veteran and newsman with a conscience.America is embroiled in a Cold War and a nuclear arms race, with Vietnam emerging as the central playing field The CIA is interfering with foreign governments On the homefront, McCarthy s wit [...]

    4. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel, and cannot recommend it enough to anyone interested in literary characters being brought to life I bought this book on the sole premise of it being based on two characters of two different novels and having them communicate and correspond The book is completely constructed of letters, memorandum, telegrams, and so forth With high strung Nick, from The Great Gatsby, and laid back Jake, from The Sun Also Rises, being the main protagonists here, it quickly b [...]

    5. When I obtained a copy of the FBI file on my father part of it anyway , dating mostly from the 1950s I was amazed at how much life seemed to remain in the old typewritten manuscripts, with their smudges, print irregularities, typos, and anachronistic slang Tad and Jonathan Richards have discovered this as well Actually, this novel is not written as an FBI file, though most of the communications in it would be likely to end up in one It is a novel constructed of letters and memoranda, which provi [...]

    6. The year is 1953 Senator Joe McCarthy has discovered power through intimidation and along with his boy, Roy Cohn, busily destroying reputations and lives Europe, especially France, is in cultural renaissance with writers such as Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus and the enfant CIA was beginning to try to create havoc around the world.Into this social universe, comes Nick Carraway, last seen in F Scott Fitzgerald s THE GREAT GATSBY and Jake Barnes, late of Hemingway s THE SUN [...]

    7. I started this book with low to no expectations except to fulfil a GR challenge There were difficulties with the font on Kindle some of the letters being in tiny script which did not change with increasing font size Fact and fiction intermingle as the characters of some American classics come to life in the McCarthy era Political machinations Joutrnalistic ethics and the odd sex change make it an interesting and quick read

    8. This book is somewhat of a funny look at Cold War era and was recommended by a friend and I was looking forward to reading it as many of the characters were taken from some of my favorite novels,such as Jake Barnes the sun also rise s Nick Carraway the great Gatsby Larry Darrel the razors edge and many The book is somewhat of a funny look at the Cold War era,which was not funny at the time.The book is written in the form of a series of letters,documents,telegraph s this was 1953 no texting and [...]

    9. This is a clever book that will appeal to readers of 20th century fiction who don t take themselves too seriously.Here, Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby and Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises are caught up in Cold War intrigue involving both real life figures like Sen Joseph McCarthy and Jean Paul Sartre as well as others from the pages of fiction like Larry Darrell of The Razor s Edge and Alden Pyle of The Quiet American Sometimes, the parallels between the fictional characters and the real [...]

    10. Epistolary novel, taking as it s central conceit that Nick Carraway and Jake Barnes were real people, and after the events of their respective novels, continued their careers into 1953, where, surrounded by other fictional people Alden Pyle, Lamont Cranston, Larry Darrell, Brett Ashley and Mary Richards and some dangerous real ones Irving Kristol, Allen Dulles, Christine Jorgenson, Roy Cohn, Maurice Chevalier, Ray Charles they get drawn into a Dulles plot to overthrow the government of Iran and [...]

    11. This was like a social studies assignment written by a high functioning eighth grader Much penis related hijinx Maybe I m just not the target audience This might work as a YA novel, though, since it effectively characterizes certain historical realities and the celebrity character naming foreshadowing wouldn t distract a pre teen since most of the names would have little import to them If you re looking for a pretty inoffensive way to spend an afternoon, this should work.

    12. Picked this up at the library because I was entranced by the idea of a novel featuring Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby and Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises Alas, much about politics than about literature I didn t appreciate many of the literary references because the characters came from other political novels Nice writing, which captured the many different voices.

    13. Another book I read for CROSSOVERS The title characters are Nick Carraway THE GREAT GATSBY and Jake Barnes THE SUN ALSO RISES , who strike up a friendship in Europe in 1953, and become embroiled in many major real life events from that year A few other literary characters appear too, as well as a character from a Christopher Guest film and an iconic female TV protagonist.

    14. A fun reimagining of a rough time in american history Gives you a feel for what it was like to deal with mccarthy ism The characters were interesting, though I did find the penis references not so funny I was a little sad the last line came back to that again.

    15. A nostalgic, humorus story for those long in tooth And a reminder for all ages that things haven t changed much A fast, enjoyable read for anyone.

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