Prefazione di Roger Angell
Nato quasi per caso nel 1949 come articolo destinato a una rivista, Questa è New York ha avuto in sorte di diventare il libro più citato sulla città più famosa. Molti dei luoghi evocati non esistono più: la ferrovia sopraelevata della Terza Avenue, il carbonaio di quartiere che vendeva anche ghiaccio e legna, i saliscendi con i libri della Public Library, la vecchia sede della Metropolitan Opera, la Queen Mary con la sua lugubre sirena e il molo da cui salpava. Ma agli occhi del lettore di oggi questa vera e propria dichiarazione d’amore alla città simbolo dell’Occidente contemporaneo non potrà che suonare profetica e dunque attualissima: perché White sembra aver saputo esattamente quali quartieri della città sarebbero fioriti, quali invece scomparsi, come sarebbe insomma cambiata, per rimanere in fondo sempre la stessa, la sua New York.
- ISBN: 8811814162
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 64
3 "observant and lyrical reflections" stars ! Fourth Most Fun Review Written in 2018 Award For the past thirteen days we wandered NYC. This was my first trip and my partner's third. I was saturated with art, musicals, opera, piano bars and even went to see some obscure metal. We explored two beauti
I've had a mad crush on E.B. White my entire life, and his books have followed me like a frisky shadow throughout my childhood, adolescence and adulthood. And now, I've found him here again, in my middle age and his middle age (circa 1948), each of us part-optimist, part-curmudgeon. . . arms not nec Leggi tutto
I was born in New York City in 1951, moved out when I was two, and grew up in what at the time was a sleepy little village half an hour north, instantly turning my father into a member of what E. B. White calls the “second New York”—there are three New Yorks (pp. 25-26)—a commuter. In 1972, I moved Leggi tutto
I have a fascination with NYC. It started as a small child, wanting to live there. I don't want to live there anymore but I try to visit as much as I can. This book is the perfect book to give me my fix. It's truly shows the authors love of New York. I've always felt New Yorkers were a different kin Leggi tutto
A love letter to NY...but the speculation about planes hitting buildings will haunt you.
"On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy." There's the first glorious sentence of the greatest New York book ever written. Yes, the competition is stiff, but this is it. You could underline this entire book, and I very nearly di Leggi tutto
Truth telling - I didn't read this edition. After reading Betsy Robinson's wonderful - and personal - review of the book ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ), I pulled Essays of E.B. White off the shelf where it's been sitting for too many years and read this essay. (Thanks for the kick in the Leggi tutto
It's easy to see in these words Whites love for New York City. Although much has changed, many of the things he writes about still exist today. The diversity, a melding of races, nationalities, and languages, all co-existing in a mutual truce, and all held together by the common understanding that t Leggi tutto
Don't tell New Yorkers I said so, but... I think I might like this book more than the city itself. Through E.B. White's eyes, NYC is a magical, romantic place. OK, OK--it is in real life too, but his words lend a certain amount of mystique that I haven't quite uncovered in the city itself. (Leave me Leggi tutto
Every time I read White's gorgeous love letter to New York City, I'm filled with nostalgia for my own town and I tend to wake the next day with a honed sense of observational candor. As many have noted in recent years, his heavy observation of NYC's vulnerability can be read almost as a prophesy of
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