Boys and Girls Together

  • Title: Boys and Girls Together
  • Author: William Goldman
  • ISBN: 9780345439734
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • Boys and Girls Together William Goldman is famous for his Academy Award winning screenplays infamous for the thriller that did for dentists what Psycho did for showers beloved for his hilarious hot fairy tale and notoriou
    William Goldman is famous for his Academy Award winning screenplays, infamous for the thriller that did for dentists what Psycho did for showers, beloved for his hilarious hot fairy tale, and notorious for his candid behind the scenes Hollywood chronicles But long before Butch and Sundance, Buttercup, and the Tinsel Town tell alls, he made his mark as one of the great pWilliam Goldman is famous for his Academy Award winning screenplays, infamous for the thriller that did for dentists what Psycho did for showers, beloved for his hilarious hot fairy tale, and notorious for his candid behind the scenes Hollywood chronicles But long before Butch and Sundance, Buttercup, and the Tinsel Town tell alls, he made his mark as one of the great popular novelists of the twentieth century Now his sweeping, classic tale of a generation s tumultuous coming of age is at last back in printYS GIRLS TOGETHERAaron, Walt, Jenny, Branch, and Rudy They are children of America s post war generation, as different from one another as anyone can be Yet they are bound together by the traumas of their pasts, the desperate desire to capture their dreams and satisfy their passions, the stirring pleasures of sexual awakening and the twists of fate that will inextricably link their lives in the turbulent world of 1960s New York City.

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    About William Goldman


    1. Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956.His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright.William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays Several of his novels he later used as the foundation for his screenplays In the 1980s he wrote a series of memoirs looking at his professional life on Broadway and in Hollywood in one of these he famously remarked that Nobody knows anything He then returned to writing novels He then adapted his novel The Princess Bride to the screen, which marked his re entry into screenwriting Goldman has won two Academy Awards an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for All the President s Men He has also won two Edgar Awards, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for Harper in 1967, and for Magic adapted from his own 1976 novel in 1979.


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    1. If I'd stopped reading after the chapters about the characters' childhoods, I would have given it five stars, I think. But it really went downhill for me. The children all grew up into fairly damaged and unlikeable adults. The most likeable was the one we knew the least. And the female characters were described primarily in terms of their sexual attractiveness and desire (or lack thereof). My favorite part was Rudy's childhood relationship with his grandfather, the only person in his life who wa [...]

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    2. This was a mid-Sixties era work that at its time dealt with issues which caused the cover to proclaim, "bold,shocking, novel of our times!" It is an engrossing work and a joy for character development fans. A number of characters move through their own stories, which gradually intertwine with other characters leading to a conclusion that is no happy ending for most of them. This book looks at selfishness, bad judgement, stubbornness and the never ending chase of dreams from different characters. [...]

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    3. I picked this up from the bathroom bookshelf in the furnished apartment where I was staying, and I think there was a reason it was in there. It seems barely better than reading a shampoo bottle. Many of the reviewers mention that it was a meaningful book when they read it as a teenager, and I can understand how it might have been, considering its examination of adult interactions. As an adult, however, I found the book a rather boring and depressing look at relationships. The characters are also [...]

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    4. William Goldman, the author, is best known for the two screenplays he wrote, for which he was the winner of two Academy Awards: All The Presidents Men and The Princess Bride. But Goldman was also a writer of novels. He is best know for three books that were published after "Boys and Girls Together", those being "Magic", "Marathon Man" and "The Princess Bride"."Boys and Girls Together" was written after four novels that were published earlier in his writing career. Goldman decided, with some urgi [...]

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    5. Before he became a Hollywood hotshot screenwriter("Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid," "All the President's Men," etc.) and took up genre fiction ("Marathon Man," etc.), Goldman had a substantial career as literary novelist, and this is is his biggest and perhaps best book. It knits together the life stories of several artistic types who eventually come together as the cast and crew of a Broadway play. Goldman spins a solid plot with an enteraining narrative voice, but his real strength is dr [...]

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    6. I read this long before . I thought it was great at the time. I believe I read it, when i was in college I the '60's, and it was about young people of roughly my generation finding their identity and their way in the world. I thought then and now that it had a lot more meaning and relevance for me than any of the things I was reading for my English Lit. classes. My "to read" list is getting despairingly long, but I'm really tempted to read this one again.

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    7. Not a bad book, but it wasn't very original; authors like Rick Moody and Augusten Burroughs have written extremely similar works before and although Boys and Girls Together uses nostalgia and psychedelic phrases to paint its imagery, it's just another one of those books that puts emphasis on the "love" in Love Generation.

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    8. Kept reading in the hope that somehow there would be a point to this book, but unless you count almost everyone living in their own personal hell for the rest of their lives, there wasn't. Since none of the characters were particularly likable, you don't feel too bad for them.

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    9. i thought this was very daring when i read it in high school; alas, on finding my copy recently, it has not aged well

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    10. Goldman's best-try to put this book down-

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    11. This is one of my all-time favorite books.

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    12. LOVED this book literally to pieces! Re-read it so much it came apart in my hands one day!

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    13. In the beginning the book reminded me of early Irwin Shaw and James Jones: From Here to Eternity, but with some big flaws. Then, I thought it was going to be an updated, Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio but it became more like misfits in New York. I think it was probably a scandalous book for the time: homosexuality, sadism, cross-dressing, adultery, rape, rancorous marriages and the double standards for female sexuality are all included in this sad tale of boys and girls growing up to adulthood. New [...]

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    14. There is a part in the latter half of the book in which a character says she hates Faulkner because all his characters sound the same. That's what I was thinking about this book all through it. Maybe I didn't "get it" but it was awful. The only likable character is Rudy's grandfather and we don't get to see him for long. It's hard to care much about what happens when the characters are all so masochistic.

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    15. Disturbing yet gripping!This was an interesting and timely story even though written some 50 years ago. The characters are unforgettable and some you want to see justice down, as in the case of at least 3 characters whose disturbing personalities cried out for therapy.

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    16. Whoa. Didn’t see that last chapter coming.

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    17. I actually never finished this because I found it going nowhere and none of the characters were likeable. At first I was caught up by the stories of these people, but then realized if there is a connection to all of them, it must happen in the last 50 pages. I was not willing to wait.

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    18. What a great read. The characters are rich and often sharp witted, troubled, disturbed, typical and not so typical. Together they remind us that we all have baggage and if permitted this can destroy us. The only not great part is that I read this on an electronic device and it kept going and going, then I looked up the pages and warning, it is seven-hundred some odd pages. Wow.

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    19. This is a really hard book to review. Let me first begin by saying that it's got a lot of sex (some of it even homosexual sex, for that matter), so if that will bother you, just stay away. BUT, none of it is at all explicit. So if you're okay with implied sex-- definitely no worse than a PG-13 rating-- then this book won't bother you after all.The other warning I think I need to give is that William Goldman doesn't really love to write happy endings. Those of you who are familiar with the book T [...]

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    20. I really like William Goldman. He is a natural born writer. He has a gift for humor, dialogue and a keen insight into human nature, all of which are much in evidence in this novel. One thing that is lacking here is a satisfying conclusion. I don't want to give out any spoilers but I feel it was very contrived and overwrought and unconvincing. The rest of the book was fine (with the exception of the interminable chapters involving Jenny and Charley's relationship. That plot line was cliched and r [...]

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    21. An old girlfriend told me about this long ago and I finally got around to reading it and I certainly see why she adored it so. Goldman was young when he wrote this, and purposely tried to write something long, and long it is. It reminded my of Dreiser in parts, the way he convincingly gives you ever shifting emotions in long sequences even if you get the gist of it pretty quickly. Like with Dreiser, I frequently lost patience. But the way it was tied so tightly to its era - mid sixties, just bef [...]

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    22. A series of great character studies and converging plotlines that, sadly, end up going nowhere. The main characters are all very likable, and especially Rudy's generational saga is thrilling - some of the chapters drag on for too long, but the emotional impact is very strong throughout the story. It's a shame the novel ends with absolutely nothing - no big resolution, no reveal, just the characters destroying themselves. Perhaps it's a commentary on something, but I wasn't able to see it. In any [...]

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    23. I found my mother's copy of this when I was seventeen or so. I read it cover to cover in three or four nights, and it's a 600 page book. It introduced me to adult sex, homosexuality, multi-character threading, pickle barrels, and incredibly well-described locals. Yes, it is depressing as so many have mentioned, but so is Catcher in the Rye. I personally guaranteed at least three or four more people read it at the time. It is a brilliant book, and Goldman's immediate followups (or at least hose a [...]

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    24. I read this when I still lived with my parents--it was copyrighted 1964--and picked it up out of nostalgia to reread. I remembered liking it then; this time not so much. Rudy's relationship with his grandfather reminded me of The Princess Bride which I like better than this book, but I loved that plotline of this one, at least in the early part of the book. And there were other sympathetic characters, too. Lots of confused characters repeat negative patterns of behavior, but Goldman seems to hat [...]

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    25. A remarkable novel in several ways. First, the structure: Like a sonata, it examines a single event from numerous points of view, over and over again at various points in the book. Second, the development of characters is more like a process of slow, merciless destruction than of building. Finally, the characters themselves are almost all perverted in one manner or another, exhibiting an entire spectrum of aberrations. I get the sense that Goldman had a very dystopian view of humanity in general [...]

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    26. Goldman writes young people well. As they age, he seems to lose it. I like his deadpan dialog:“Hey, George.”“Watcha got?”“Looks broke.”“Is.”“Hey, you enlisting today?”“Flat feet.”“Oh. Sorry, P.T.”“Can I use the toolroom?”“Why not.”and this:“Mother”“Who are you?”“Rosie”“Do I know you?”“Please, Mother”“You look like somebody I think died.”“I’m sorry.”“Are you dead?”“Please, I’m sorry.”“Are you dead? Huh?”“Mother?” [...]

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    27. I read this book when I was still in high school - and loved it. I read it at least twice, probably more over the next couple of years. The characterizations were incredibly strong, the writing excellent, and the story was one of those where all the separate pieces of yarn end up being woven together in a seamless, engaging read. I'll have to read it again now that I'm oldd hope I am not disappointed.

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    28. Probably set during the fifties, published in 1964 and a best-seller.Lives of 5 characters who become interconnected. Childhood backgrounds of them, plus profiles of their parents, friends. Emphasis on sex life.Two of the characters are gay and the way that is depicted is dated, but probably accurate for the time. Mostly very entertaining.Ending is a disappointment. Seems like it belongs in a different book.

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    29. A classic - dark but real, no happy endings. I read this for the first time when I was in my 20s - same age as these boys and girls. At that time I thought "what mistakes these kids make." This time I kept thinking, "we are the way we are because our parents were the way they were." What a difference 30 years makes.

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