Gentleman's Agreement

Gentleman s Agreement A landmark novel that ranked on the New York Times bestseller list for five months straight Gentleman s Agreement speaks to the pervasive nature of prejudice after World War II an issue just as rel

  • Title: Gentleman's Agreement
  • Author: Laura Z. Hobson
  • ISBN: 9781453238752
  • Page: 412
  • Format: ebook
  • A landmark novel that ranked 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for five months straight, Gentleman s Agreement speaks to the pervasive nature of prejudice after World War II an issue just as relevant today as when the book was first published Journalist Philip Green has just moved to New York City from California when the Third Reich falls To mark this moment in hiA landmark novel that ranked 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for five months straight, Gentleman s Agreement speaks to the pervasive nature of prejudice after World War II an issue just as relevant today as when the book was first published Journalist Philip Green has just moved to New York City from California when the Third Reich falls To mark this moment in history, his editor at Smith s Weekly Magazine assigns Phil a series of articles on anti Semitism in America In order to experience anti Semitism firsthand, Phil, a Christian, decides to pose as a Jew What he discovers about the rampant bigotry in America will change him forever.

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    1. Have you read Gentleman's Agreement by Laura Zametkin Hobson No? Well, you should read it! Everyone should read it! Once upon a time, lots of people did - it spent five months at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List after it published in 1947 - but it has since fallen out of favor. I'd never heard of it until a friend picked it for our book club's February selection, spurring probably the best discussion we've ever had.The novel's current lack of visibility might be due in part to its blurb [...]

    2. For those still recovering from their clear-eyed views of Atticus Finch: a balm. Hobson’s book was a runaway bestseller once, and received lots of critical acclaim–but that was in the late 1940s, and I’m just getting to it now. The gist is this: Schuyler Green arrives in New York to be a staff writer at a major liberal magazine, and his editor assigns him a series on anti-Semitism. Green is a method writer, though, and resolves to do something a little controversial: he’ll live for a whi [...]

    3. The banality of racism in post-WWII America is explored. Chilling stuff. The prose is clear but almost YA in tone and structure- and yet, there are parts that are nuanced, rich, and almost esoteric. I’m also finding hints of the female author building an ideal male lead. The sexism is understated, however, especially for something written in the 1940s. It is interesting to see it come through from the woman’s point of view but the double standard is still there and under its own ‘gentlemen [...]

    4. Gentleman's AgreementIt's always wrong to watch the movie first. (I watched Gentleman's Agreement again 3 weeks ago.) The book is usually so much better. In this case, the movie is really great, The book is so similar, it seems to be a copy. (I read the book because it was on my Kindle.). The book is beautifully adapted and was on the best seller list for months. The movie starring Gregory Peck only won three of the eight Oscar's it was nominated for, including Best Picture.The "gentleman" in th [...]

    5. I am on a mission to read all of our older editions and read GA just after finishing Sinclair Lewis's Kingsblood Royal. Lewis's book is much better written, but both have a lot in common. They both have main characters who try to put themselves into another's shoes to learn about racism. Of course, neither can really know what it's like to be Jewish or Black in 1940's America, but Lewis's protagonist comes far closer than Hobson's. Jewish for a few weeks? Come on. At least Hobson does expose the [...]

    6. A very interesting and well-done period piece that places us into the shoes of a 1940's (Gentile) national magazine writer who is given the task of writing a series of articles about Antisemitism in the late 1940's in America. Through his thoughts and struggles about how to approach the topic, through his personal life as a single father (widower) in Manhattan, and through the various characters around him, we see how a simple issue of unfairness becomes complicated. The author never tries to ju [...]

    7. This is an amazing book as relevant today as it was in 1947. Prejudice is alive and well today unfortunately but just may not be as obvious as it was in 1947. This should be required reading for everyone!! Particularly high school students and anyone who is not _____ (Fill in the blank with an ethnicity) in a relationship with someone who is. My boyfriend is Jewish and while I always thought that there was no prejudice in me I could see parts of me in Phil's girlfriend. (My boyfriend's name, by [...]

    8. I had seen the movie made of this book, starring Gregory Peck, many years ago, and it always stayed with me. It's based very closely on the book, which concerns antisemitism. Written in 1947, it's a little dated now, but it's not difficult to see how the behavior of people who believe they're not prejudiced, as well as those who are openly anti-Semitic, could apply to any groups of minorities today. It was a sensation at the time, because it revealed that Darien and New Canaan, CT were 'restrict [...]

    9. I don't think I can "review" this mid-century novel; I'm almost compelled to do research and write a paper on it. I'd like to know more about its reception with its initial publication in 1946, so soon after World War II and the Holocaust. This certainly makes you think about the prejudices that people who claim to be free of such still harbor. And especially why we let others get by with their hateful, hurtful remarks and actions. While this book is pointedly about anti-Semitism, it surely reso [...]

    10. This is one of those books I meant to get to for years, decades even, but it never seemed to be quite the right time. Recently though, I found it in one of those book deals newsletters (Of which I read about a bazillion every day. No, really!) and decided that it was time to dive in.It's odd how a book can seem both dated as well as shockingly timely. This is clearly a mid-century book, right down to the vocabulary. And yet the themes are so completely contemporary -- anti-semitism, shades of pr [...]

    11. I read this immediately after watching the movie. That's fine for some books. Some books deepen the story, expand the world with additional characters and events, provide further insight into what we saw on the screen. Or sometimes the book is so well-written that the prose themselves make it worth the read. I'm not sure any of that applies here. A couple more characters get names and Phil has a couple sisters that aren't mentioned in the movie (only one really comes into play at all). Otherwise [...]

    12. I wanted to like this book a lot better than I did. The subject matter having historic value as a bit of a picture of postwar America and its ongoing antisemitism, I thought it would have more impact on my feelings about the characters and their own understandings and misunderstandings. I was not expecting nonfiction, but the book did stay on the bestseller lists for a good number of months when first published in the 40s. However, maybe we know too much now, 70 or so years later and that is why [...]

    13. Gentleman's agreement was a good book. Definitely you can tell in what era its taking place by the way they talk, and for the fact that its after World War II. It really saddens me that the Jewish people were so discriminated against after everything that was done to thousands upon thousands of families . It goes to show that no matter what race, religion, creed, etc you are, at some point you are going to be discriminated against for something you believe in. Books like these, show us that anyo [...]

    14. A newly hired reporter for a liberal news journal is assigned to do a series on anti-Semitism following the end of WWII. Struggling to find an angle for the topic, he resorts to a formula he used successfully in the past for an article on coalminers – he will simply tell people he is Jewish and record what follows. Having just arrived in NYC, he knows no one and can become anyone he chooses. What follows are the unexpected complications of a seemingly simple plan and the awakening of both the [...]

    15. This is a very interesting read. A writer decides to be Jewish for a period of time to see how antisemitism works. the book was written in 1947 some some things were more overt than now. Je quickly starts to identify as Jewish and becomes angry at the injustice. You could adapt this the any other group in today's society.This books gave me much to think about. I would encourage everyone to red this.

    16. Meh. Some great passages on the inadequacy of silent condemnation of anti-semitism (or any racism), and on the fiancée's emotional growth in realizing that she must actually take action or she will remain part of the problem. But the surrounding story is not very compelling; and the plot denouement is more about the romance than the social issues. I was surprised at how little detail was given to the anti-semitism, compared to the rest of the plot.

    17. this was written in 1947, compellingly telling of antisemitism, both overt & covert, in Americathis is true and disgusting & I faced it daily growing up (I was born in 1940)"dirty Jew"a very well-written study that's valid today, unfortunately

    18. I saw the movie first and had to read the book. The book was better than the film, but the film conveyed all the key points of the book, even if the book was a bit edgier in tone and some of the elements of the plot. Recommended.

    19. I've got to be honest with you, this book is so relevent to today, except for the niceties of the late 1940s, I forgot it didn't take place in the new millenia. Everyone should read this book. It deftly handles how people live in their bubbles, how open mindedness often doesn't reach outside that bubble and how natures response to being confronted by our prejudices is often passive at best, silent at worst. It's also worth noting not so much has changed in nearly 70 years from the setting, which [...]

    20. This could've been a great book! All it needed was some mediocre-to-good writing skills, believable dialogue, and common sense. For example, if you're going to pretend to be Jewish, you might want to get rid of the Christmas tree and invest in a menorah, some dreidels, and a book on "What Jewish People Do During Hanukkah." Or, you know, ask your ONE Jewish friendPhil has the gall to act offended when his mother's doctor is surprised he's Jewish--but Phil's got a freaking Christmas tree in his ho [...]

    21. An explosive subject, but dealt with well in post WWII United States. During that time period, anit-semitism was still prevalent in the country. There were country clubs; hotels; and neighborhoods that didn't allow Jews in those areas.The story starts as a reporter is given an assignment by the editor of a weekly magazine to do a report on anti-semitism. Phil Green is Episcopalian, but he was raised to not discriminate. He has a young son, and his wife had died shortly after the birth of their s [...]

    22. I'd loved this movie with Gregory Peck long ago, so I thought I'd read the book that inspired it. Written in 1946 right after WWII, "Gentleman's Agreement" tackles the subject of antisemitism. It's a powerful and insightful book. Even written nearly 60 years ago, there are still lessons and important observations made in this very readable, enjoyable story. I believe society has gotten better and non-discrimination laws have forced the issue for those not willing to do what's right on their own. [...]

    23. Just finished reading the book after seeing the movie a few weeks ago. Written in 1946, right after World War II, this book is still an effective and appropriate commentary on today's world. I only found a couple passages that seemed dated. The rest of the writing is wonderful: really captures the feel of the Park Avenue crowd of the 1940s, the trend-setters who style themselves liberals, but countenance discrimination regularly in their every day lives. Subtle. This book does not make a bully c [...]

    24. This book got a rare 5 stars from me, which I usually reserve for books that are not only good reading but also life changing and bearers of great wisdom. Though this is a historical novel, the style combines with the topic to introduce the process of deep introspection through the example of the main character. Though most of the action is in the changes of attitude that the characters go though, the prose style isn't at all dreary or wearing as such books can be.I doubt if this book is widely [...]

    25. I found this novel in an "old books" box at our local library's book sale. I enjoy reading novels written before 1960 because they usually lack the angst and social analysis of many of today's novels that tend to cover child abuse, dysfunctional families, single parenting, etc. This one was written in 1946 and actually addressed a social issue of the time: anti-semitism. The main storyline is about a magazine writer in New York City who has been assigned the task of writing a series on anti-semi [...]

    26. This book made a huge splash when released, so quickly after the end of WWII. One needs to keep in mind that times have, mercifully, changed, so the plot can feel out-of-date. However, it does pass the test of time as long as one keeps in mind when it was written and what the nation was like in 1947. Well-written and draws the reader in, offering a glimpse into the time it was crafted.The author has an unusual personal history, which is worth discovering.The movie, Ocsar-winning, is fabulously a [...]

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