City of Girls

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  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • City of Girls
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • English
  • 05 January 2017
  • 1594634734

About the Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

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City of Girls From the 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don t have to be a good girl to be a good person Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret but mostly pleasure , City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.In 1940, nineteen year old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman year performance Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand dame actress, a lady killer writer, and no nonsense stage manager But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.Now ninety five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it At some point in a woman s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time, she muses After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other. Free Read Kindle ePUB City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – johndore.co.uk

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14 thoughts on “City of Girls

  1. marilyn says:

    Ninety five year old Vivian is telling her life story She says she is good at two things in life and that s sex and sewing but another thing she excels at is focusing on Vivian In the first twenty years of her life, the fact that there were other people out there, people who didn t have servants following them around, catering to their every need, never occurred to Vivian She didn t even know she was rich, she thought everyone was as well off as her, all their monetary and other needs taken c Ninety five year old Vivian is telling her life story She says she is good at two things in life and that s sex and sewing but another thing she excels at is focusing on Vivian In the first twenty years of her life, the fact that there were other people out there, people who didn t have servants following them around, catering to their every need, never occurred to Vivian She didn t even know she was rich, she thought everyone was as well off as her, all their monetary and other needs taken care of without a thought to how it happened Then Vivian flunks ou...

  2. Hannah Greendale says:

    Vivian Morris is an elderly woman recounting the days of her youth in this frolic through 1940 s New York She s a nineteen year old virgin when she journeys to the city to live in her Aunt Peg s crumbling theater, the Lily Playhouse Hers is a tale of late night carousing and rambunctious sexual exploration, followed by war, maturation, and the mundane trivialities of becoming an adult In the preview to this Advanced Uncorrected Proof, Gilbert writes that she wants this book to go down like a Vivian Morris is an elderly woman recounting the days of her youth in this frolic through 1940 s New York She s a nineteen year old virgin when she journeys to the city to live in her Aunt Peg s crumbling theater, the Lily Playhouse Hers is a tale of late night carousing and rambunctious sexual exploration, followed by war, maturation, and the mundane trivialities of becoming an adult In the preview to this Advanced Uncorrected Proof, Gilbert writes that she wants this book to go down like a champagne cocktail light and bright, crisp and fun. And it nearly does, thanks to occasional bursts of humor, its lively cast of characters, and the glitz and glam of theater life The narrative starts slow but really picks up once the characters band together to put on a boisterous play they hope will bring some desperately needed funds to the Lily And the story of Vivian s awkward first sexual...

  3. ✨ jamieson ✨ says:

    this sounds a lot like evelyn hugowhich means I m either gonna hate it or love it

  4. Umut Reviews says:

    Before I start, I d like to mention a few things Elizabeth Gilbert wrote at the beginning of the book, which attracted me to it, and also explains the book very well She says I ve longed to write a novel about promiscuous girls whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires , then she introduces Vivian Morris, who s our narrator and the main character of this book And Gilbert says My goal was to write a book that would go down like a champagne cocktail light and bright, crisp and f Before I start, I d like to mention a few things Elizabeth Gilbert wrote at the beginning of the book, which attracted me to it, and also explains the book very well She says I ve longed to write a novel about promiscuous girls whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires , then she introduces Vivian Morris, who s our narrator and the main character of this book And Gilbert says My goal was to write a book that would go down like a champagne cocktail light and bright, crisp and fun So she did This is a coming of age story of Vivian, a very likeable and vivid character She s 19 when we start following her, a college drop out coming from a wealthy family She moves to New York to live with her eccentric aunt P...

  5. Kristina Libby says:

    Just finished this book in a marathon reading session on the beach It was vibrant and deep and complicated and lovely Time well spent and something any Liz Gilbert fan will enjoy For that matter, something that those who are not her fans will enjoy as well if they are people who love New York Ci...

  6. Roman Clodia says:

    This definitely feels like a book of two halves the first is a glorious rush of youthful hedonism, and is just so joyous The characters leap off the page and the boho background of a slightly ramshackle neighbourhood theatre is rendered with loving detail from the stunning showgirls to the quiet songwriter, the English star who can t return to London during the Blitz to the Hollywood writer who creates the surprising mega hit musical City of Girls The writing flows, Vivie is an adorable This definitely feels like a book of two halves the first is a glorious rush of youthful hedonism, and is just so joyous The characters leap off the page and the boho background of a slightly ramshackle neighbourhood theatre is rendered with loving detail from the stunning showgirls to the quiet songwriter, the English star who can t return to London during the Blitz to the Hollywood writer who creates the surprising mega hit musical City of Girls The writing flows, Vivie is an adorable ingenue who soon loses all her inhibitions, drinking, carousing and sleeping her way around 1940 Manhattan.Then something happens that stops her life in its tracks and as Pearl Harbour happens in the background, Vivie s life takes a soberer turn, a putting away of youth This half of the book felt a bittold to me as we re very conscious of Vivie speaking to a correspondent It s still intere...

  7. Lydia says:

    This book was everything I could have possibly wanted and .

  8. JanB says:

    At 51% I m done I loved the voice and the writing but I m growing very weary of hearing about Vivian s sexual exploits I loved the era and the setting The audiobook narrator was incredible But it wasn t enough to save this book for me I m all for women owning their sexuality but by the halfway point I d like to see some growth and maturity Promiscuity is not a step forward for women, it s a step backward.Vivian is rather a bore and this book is way too long given the subject matter Moving At 51% I m done I loved the voice and the writing but I m growing very weary of hearing about Vivian s sexual exploits I loved the era and the setting The audiobook narrator was incredible But it wasn t enough to save this book for me I m all for women owning their sexuality but by the halfway point I d like to see some growth and maturity Promiscuit...

  9. Betsy says:

    3 stars It s okay, but I had some issues with it The basic premise is that Vivian, the 89 year old narrator, is telling her life story to someone named Angela in the form of a letter I did love the level of historical detail included in this mostly WWII era novel Although The Marvelous Mrs Maisel took place a bit later, I vividly pictured the characters running around a New York that looked something like it did in that TV show.I appreciated Vivian s sense of humor you know she doesn t 3 stars It s okay, but I had some issues with it The basic premise is that Vivian, the 89 year old narrator, is telling her life story to someone named Angela in the form of a letter I did love the level of historical detail included in this mostly WWII era novel Although The Marvelous Mrs Maisel took place a bit later, I vividly pictured the characters running around a New York that looked something like it did in that TV show.I appreciated Vivian s sense of humor you know she doesn t take herself too seriously when she claims, The only two things I ve ever been good at in this world are sex and sewing No, I wasn t holding my sides or belly laughing, but I did chuckle a lot.Through the bulk of the novel, Vivian didn t grow or change much, but I think that s what Gilbert intended For the most part, we re supposed to take Vivian at face value. For this reason, the big leaps forward in time bothered me a bit It s hard to tell how or why Vivian...

  10. The Artisan Geek says:

    21 5 19I had so much darn fun reading this book, honestly Going through Vivian life was riveting, so utterly exciting Loved it A review will up on my channel soon D7 5 19A sincere thank you to Riverhead Books for this copy of City of Girls I started this book off yesterday at the lake and can t wa...

  11. Peggy says:

    I ve read several other books by Elizabeth Gilbert and thoroughly enjoyed them, but not this one At first I thought it amusing, but after awhile all the joie de vivre became boring I also thought that the book went on too long It could have been pared down.

  12. Shannon says:

    This started out with so much promise NYC in the 1940 s, theater scene, bawdy characters But, the reminiscence by an elderly Vivian lacked the electric excitement that would have been there if we were living the story along with 19 year old Vivian The pacing was also odd long drawn out parts and then the end seemed to rush through to tie up loose ends I did enjoy the plot, which had many laugh out loud moments and didn t take itself too seriously The colorful characters and the showbiz b This started out with so much promise NYC in the 1940 s, theater scene, bawdy characters But, the reminiscence by an elderly Vivian lacked the electric excitement that would have been there if we were living the story along with 19 year old Vivian The pacing was also odd long drawn out parts and then the end seemed to rush through to tie up loose ends I did enjoy the plot, which had many laugh out loud moments and didn t take itself too seriously The co...

  13. Gwyn says:

    This book was a mishmash of 2 different stories thrown together Three quarters of the book was Vivian experiencing New York in her late teens and early twenties pre and during WW2 The rest of the book jumped ahead 15 to 20 years where someone she had only met once re enters her life Then the tone and story of the book totally changed and doesn t match the writing style in the first part of the book The final chapter then jumps about 25 years to try to pull it all together The character of V This book was a mishmash of 2 different stories thrown together Three quarters of the book was Vivian experiencing New York in her late teens and early twenties pre and during WW2 The rest of the book jumped ahead 15 to 20 years where someone she had only met once re enters her life Then the tone and story of the book totally changed and doesn t match the writing style in the first part of the book The final chapter then jumps about 25 years to try to pull it all together The character of Vivian was a dumb woman who didn t seem to think for herself For her privileged up bringing that is touted heavily, Vivian never once questions morality of what she s doing I expect characters in Historical Fiction to be farinteresting I would have preferred the story of Edna or Peg over Vi...

  14. Lisa says:

    This was a fun read, and bursting with life But much like Eat, Pray, Love, some parts held together better than others The early years in NYC are vivid and the characters are alive But the later chapters become lifeless and really feel like a retelling detached and somewhat hollow.