Read Eastman Was Here Online Free - An ambitious new novel set in the literary world of 1970s New York, following a washed-up writer in an errant quest to pick up the pieces of his life.
The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman, a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer; finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis. His wife has taken their kids and left him to live with her mother in New Jersey, and his best work feels as though it is years behind him. In the depths of despair, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old rival dating back to his days on the Harvard college newspaper, offering him the chance to go to Vietnam to write the definitive account of the end of America's longest war. Seeing his opportunity to regain his wife s love and admiration while reclaiming his former literary glory, he sets out for Vietnam. But instead of the return to form as a pioneering war correspondent that he had hoped for, he finds himself grappling with the same problems he thought he'd left back in New York.
Following his widely acclaimed debut, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Alex Gilvarry employs the same thoughtful, yet dark sense of humor in Eastman Was Here to capture one irredeemable man's search for meaning in the face of advancing age, fading love, and a rapidly-changing world.
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September 04, 2017
To be honest, in the beginning, I was not such a fan of this book. The main character, Eastman was crass towards women. I could see why this may have been part of this reason his wife left him. He was not in love anymore. So, I almost put the book down. Yet, this was all before Eastman left. Whic...
June 21, 2017
A brisk, nuanced look at a few tumultuous months in a man's life. Told with humor and heart in simple, effective prose.
October 25, 2017
My wife told me that Susan Sontag proposed that "prick lit" should be recognized as a male counterpoint to chick lit, which amused me because at the time I was reading "Eastman Was Here," very much a prick lit pastiche, and a really funny and compelling novel to boot, about a Norman Mailer figure...
August 20, 2017
Three-and-a-half stars. Gilvarry pulls off an audacious show of literary ventriloquism—Eastman *is* Norman, in all his sins and graces—but the uncanny resurrection of Brooklyn's ballsy, blustery bullshit artist is a reminder of how terribly dated much of Mailer's work was even while the bookbinde...
September 06, 2017
If you can let yourself enjoy how ridiculous & awful Eastman is, then this can be a good time.
September 27, 2017
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, which can be found in full form on RunSpotRun.com.
In essence, this book took me by surprise, very engaging and well written, written from a meaningful place, uses the unreliable narrator method but not in any way that feels like che...
September 24, 2017
This was a hard read for me. I both pitied and hated Eastman from the get-go. I pushed through the first third expecting to be pulled in to the story in part two, but it didn't happen. There were intriguing moments in this portion of the character's journey, but it was such a let down when change...
January 16, 2018
The main character, Alan Eastman, is a somewhat has-been writer with a failing marriage. This is no surprise given his multiple infidelities and somewhat self-centered personality. However, there is a certain pathos to him as he heads off to Vietnam on behalf of a New York newspaper to write and...
January 04, 2018
Maybe because it was based on a real dude (Norman Mailer) both the plot and characters in this book were surprising and unexpected. The protagonist is unfailingly chauvinistic, self absorbed, pathetic, and totally washed up. He's the kind of guy you love to hate.
My one criticism would be that the...
November 10, 2017
I've been following the fallout from the New Yorker/New York Times expose on Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse of women, and one of the things he's said is that he grew up in the 60s and the 70s and that's all he knows. It's the era he said and not him. What that has to do with this book is that Ea...