The Tenants of Moonbloom Norman Moonbloom is a loser a drop out who can t even make it as a deadbeat His brother a slumlord hires him to collect rent in the buildings he owns in Manhattan Making his rounds from apartment t

  • Title: The Tenants of Moonbloom
  • Author: Edward Lewis Wallant Dave Eggers
  • ISBN: 9781590170700
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • Norman Moonbloom is a loser, a drop out who can t even make it as a deadbeat His brother, a slumlord, hires him to collect rent in the buildings he owns in Manhattan Making his rounds from apartment to apartment, Moonbloom confronts a wildly varied assortment of brilliantly described urban characters, among them a gay jazz musician with a sideline as a gigolo, a HolocausNorman Moonbloom is a loser, a drop out who can t even make it as a deadbeat His brother, a slumlord, hires him to collect rent in the buildings he owns in Manhattan Making his rounds from apartment to apartment, Moonbloom confronts a wildly varied assortment of brilliantly described urban characters, among them a gay jazz musician with a sideline as a gigolo, a Holocaust survivor, and a brilliant young black writer modeled on James Baldwin Moonbloom hears their cries of outrage and abuse he learns about their secret sorrows and desires And as he grows familiar with their stories, he finds that he is drawn, in spite of his best judgment, into a desperate attempt to improve their lives.Edward Lewis Wallant s astonishing comic tour de force is a neglected masterpiece of 1960s America.

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    1. Eccentric and unusual novel, not well enough known and wonderful. It takes you to the depths of despair with a redemptive ending.Norman Moonbloom is in his thirties and very much alone. he has been a student for years and now works for his brother Irwin; a strong character who orders Norman around. Irwin owns a number of delapidated apartment blocks and Norman is employed to collect the rent and in theory to keep them in repair, but has not enough budget to do so. The novel follows Norman as he [...]

    2. "Succeeding frames had him a reedy adolescent, a toddler, a blanket-sucker of seven. His eyes fixed on the ceiling or on the rumpled cloth of bedclothing, as though any surface could reflect the pale projection. 'Norman Moonbloom,' he said from time to time, animating the machinery of memory. The city went on in its outside time. There were the sounds of the days rising to climax and settling back to half-sleep. Dimly came the footsteps of his neighbors going up and down the stairs and the voice [...]

    3. Humanity, in all of its brutal ugliness, told by a master, using a rental apartment building to reflect our baseness.

    4. Fun! But I felt that the author was keen that it go somewhere.I was enjoying the ride! That was enough!Bits:"the favorite fantasy was only another soporific, one that parted the curtains of sleep for him. Like a boy's night story, it made him smile in the dark. He put himself into the huge form of his father and imagined the world as his playground.""'By the time I got her to a supine position, I almost didn't care.''L'amour,' Norman said, writing out the receipt.""'I'd appreciate it,' she said. [...]

    5. THE TENANTS OF MOONBLOOM. (1963). Edward Lewis Wallant. *****. This is a fantastic novel, one that should have received a great deal of recognition from critics and readers alike – but somehow fell into the dustbin of forgotten books. Edward Lewis Wallant (1926-1962) had published two novels before his death in 1962 from an aneuryism, “The Human Season,” and “The Pawnbroker.” Two other novels, including this one, were published posthumously. “The Pawnbroker,” of course, was adapted [...]

    6. When I was a bookseller this was one of the novels I loved telling my customers about. Invariably a week or so after buying it the customer would burst into the bookstore and tell me how this was one of the best novels they had ever read and would wonder how they had never heard of it. One of my co-workers was also a huge champion of the book and together we cobbled together a review which began: "Getting us to explain why we love this book so much is kind of like asking your dog why he likes Mi [...]

    7. Hilarious and way underappreciated. This is an eccentric cousin of Confederacy of Dunces; you know the type -- myriad partners, straddling the fence as it were, some messy business with a tax-dodge start-up, that one weird holiday when the tequila ghostwrote his version of middle school and what really happened at swimming practice.Yeah this is that off-shoot and it remains profound and side-splitting.

    8. In lesser hands this depiction of apartment life in NY wouldn't transcend the mundane and pedestrian like it does so consistently. Amidst a motley assortment of very normal people, warts and all, Moonbloom pulls his own pantseat to lift himself out of the misery of his own failure. A desultory academic with a keen ear and just enough tolerance, Moonbloom is not a sick-and-tired-of-it-all man stewing in his own bitterness. He's more like a man that's fouled a few off, down two stikes and still sw [...]

    9. I don't remember how this novel landed on my 1963 list. I must have read a review somewhere and ordered a copy. That sounds likely because the edition I have is a New York Review of Books Classics reprint. When it came along on my list I picked it up and read it.At first and for quite a while actually, it was one of those unprepossessing stories about a sad sack guy named Norman Moonbloom who had drifted mostly downward in life. He works as a rent collector for his brother Irwin, a slumlord in l [...]

    10. What an incredibly quirky little gem of a book! I had never heard of this author, but my brother Sam reviewed it (on GoodReads!) so positively that I bought it when I read his review many months ago, and just picked it up recently when I had nothing to read on the commute to work. The very compelling succinct introduction by none other then Dave Eggers hooked me, and then the story itself drew me in with its amusing cast of sweet, sad, gross, pathetic and just weird characters.Moonbloom is a ren [...]

    11. I’m really shocked by the 4/5 star reviews on this book. This took me a while to get through despite its brevity (it’s a little over 200 pages) and my endless amount of free time. Wallant is a beautiful writer, but its completely wasted on such a tiresome book. The characters are completely repugnant. The setting is bleak (and I love bleak). The plot is in no way compelling (quick synopsis: Norman Moonbloom is a rental agent for his slum-lord-brother’s tenements in 1950s NYC. He collects t [...]

    12. Norman Moonbloom es una persona anodina y triste, cuyo trabajo consiste en administrar varias fincas en el Manhattan de los años 50. Este puesto se lo ha proporcionado Irwin, su hermano y dueño de la empresa inmobiliaria, casi por caridad, para que tenga algo que hacer. Y eso que Norman está "demasiado preparado" para este trabajo, ya que tiene varios títulos en diversas disciplinas.En general, me gustan estas historias de perdedores, de gente que no encuentra su lugar en la sociedad, y esta [...]

    13. I really liked this one. A quiet and directionless academic, Norman Moonbloom gets stuck being the rent collector for his brother's failing apt building in NYC. The building is falling apart and but's not allowed to spend any of the building's money on repairs. As he goes around to collect rent he gets more and more wrapped up in the lives of his tenants and ends up making their repairs himself. The tenants are a diverse bunch - immigrants, a holocaust survivor, jazz musician, a character based [...]

    14. Great read! This will definitely remain in the top 10 for 2016. Excellent life lessons in this book. Beautiful and thought provoking read!

    15. What an amazing book!Wallant, who also penned "The Pawnbroker", visits the life of Norman Moonbloom, a Building Agent for his slumlord brother. Moonbloom collects rent weekly from all the tenants of his brother's 4 buildings, thereby becoming a part of their lives, and he takes the brunt of their complaints regarding tenement conditions. Tenants include:- Basellecci: The dignified man with the swollen toilet wall- Jerry Wung: The Asian playboy hipster- Beeler and his daughter Sheryl: Retired pha [...]

    16. from a would-be james baldwin to a creepy old guy who can't walk, norman moonbloom has the blessing that so many literary characters do of being surrounded almost exclusively by delightful eccentrics. against this backdrop, his own unlikely determination to fight for them against the indifference of his slumlord brother is all the more inspiring. sure it speaks to the human condition, but considering most of the characters (even the titular moonbloom) ended up being remote and motiveless i'll sa [...]

    17. Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and this book are like companion pieces; the city's din, the grime and the vibrant characters dance off the pages of each book and both authors have this strong sense of humanity, profound respect for the lives they are depicting. but where the characters Orwell meets effuse love and rage and seem to pass through like the quirky travel story you tell as a lark, Moonbloom's tenants have a fragile vulnerability that aches for something better than the decrepit buildi [...]

    18. Like a modern-day Zacheous, a rent collector is humanized by his encounter with an assortment of tenants and their host of everyday problems from family affairs to the deteriorating walls, plumbing, lighting, electricity, and other fixtures of their decrepit apartment. From a resigned and mechanical performance of his duty of just collecting taxes, the constant fraternization with his tenants compel him to an apocalyptic act that will at once improve their lives and redeem his existence. This is [...]

    19. I've finished the Tennants of Moonbloom, and now that it's over, I miss Norman, and all the folks in his buildings. If you've lived in NYC in an apartment, then you know. I got there to the East Village 20 years later.but I had a collection, an assortment of characters myselfBilly Eckstein's son, Bokar the devil worshipperc. It makes me very sad that Edward Lewis Wallant didn't have more time on this earth, to give us more of his excellent writing.

    20. A book as much about grasping at identity as it is a grotesque comedy about urban life. Savage and yet tender, Wallant has quickly become a hero of mine. His turn of metaphor touches all the senses, and his characterization populates a cast playing the carnival, both sacred and profane. A genuine, thoughtful, and absurdly touching book.

    21. Začalo to na dvou hvězdičkách, pak se to zlepšovalo na tři a vydrželo až do posledních kapitol. Za poslední tři kapitoly rád přidám půl hvězdičky. Co nelze Wallantovi upřít, jsou postřehy, které jeho knihu činí důvěryhodnou. Budu velkorysejší a dám 4 hvězdičky.

    22. The tenants of Moonbloom Realty Corp are the poor, the dissolute, the forgotten and the forgetting. Several have blue numbers tattooed on their forearms. Norman Moonbloom, "New York's most educated rent-collector" now works for his slum landlord brother, Irwin, after decades spent as a feckless student, hopping from discipline to discipline. Norman, small, thin, with a " gambler-white face", wears a suit and oversized fedora which make him look like a child dressed as a gangster, and spends his [...]

    23. I had trouble getting into this one at first, because it started out so slow and didn't get interesting until the second half. I likely would not have finished "The Tenants of Moonbloom" if it weren't for its setting--seedy, urban decay, circa 1960s during winter time--and the rave reviews that the novel received, especially since I usually only give a book 50 pages to grab me. Well, I finally finished it, and I'm glad I did. It was worth the effort because it was ultimately a beautiful story of [...]

    24. Pestrá řada novodobé prózy nakladatelství Plus se mi líbí čím dál víc! Nájemníci pana Moonblooma je kousek života správce čtyř činžáků v Americe, kniha vyšla roku 1963 mladému autorovi, který také v mládí zemřel.Wallant projevuje nesporný talent v popisu postav, nezvěřitelně rozmanité charaktery dokáže popisovat k ležérní dokonalostí. Vlastně se nicmoc velkého neděje, ale ti lidé vám připadají čím dál zajímavější - nebo spíš ty jemné či hr [...]

    25. Norman Moonbloom es agente inmobiliario en la empresa de su hermano Irwin. Cobra alquileres y aparenta que soluciona los problemas de los inquilinos, pero no dispone de medios para hacerlo realmente. Acostumbrado a ver pasar su propia vida de forma pasiva (al menos de un tiempo a esa parte) y autocompasiva, aburrido de su existencia, realiza su trabajo con la misma carencia de pasión y valentía con la que vive. Sin embargo, el contacto diario con los inquilinos se convertirá para Norman en un [...]

    26. Honestly, this is one of the best books I've ever read. It shows us one thing that ties us all together and yet that we all forget: Humans are interesting! We all have stories, pasts, futures we'd like to see realized, disappointments, resentments. Norman Moonbloom is all of us. He wavers between dedication and stagnation. Moonbloom is a great character, in every way. He's a mystery, yet I felt like I've known him forever. If the last pages of this book don't make you want to run out of your hou [...]

    27. This one surprised me; with it's urban setting, mentally shaky hero and detailed depictions of squalor, I expected sort of an unhinged bleakness, along the lines of Nathaniel West. Instead, amidst all the crazy despair and desperation, there's a core of warm human feeling that verges on the sentimental and then pulls back at the last second. West and Wallant both had a killer instinct for the weak spots of civilization, and could go for the jugular with a precise motion and acid glee. Wallant st [...]

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