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A semiautobiographical novel of unforgettable characters and human passions launched Wilder's career as a celebrated storyteller and dramatist. Affluenza is defined as the negative psychological or behavioral effects of having or pursuing wealth per dictionarycom This story excellently demonstrates that concept as it explores the lives of a group of individuals whose wealth has insulated them from the world while convincing them that it s their job to run the worldThe exploration of the idea is absorbing especially given the contemporary post WWI setting which allows a 21st century reader to see outcomes that the author and characters could not Electromyography for Experimentalists unforgettable characters and human passions launched Wilder's career as a celebrated storyteller and dramatist. Affluenza is defined as the negative psychological or behavioral effects of having or pursuing wealth per dictionarycom This story excellently demonstrates that concept as it explores the lives of a group of individuals whose wealth has insulated them from the world while convincing them that it s their job to run the worldThe exploration of the idea is absorbing especially given the contemporary post WWI setting which allows a 21st century reader to see outcomes that the author and characters could not

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The Cabala

A young American student spends a year in the exotic world of post World War I Rome While there he experiences firsthand the waning days of a. What a refreshing change to read something so vastly different from anything written nowadays Yes this book is extremely dated totally immersed in the language and outlook of the 1920s but that s much of its charm And what a delightfully bizarre menagerie of improbable exotic characters Wilder has presented here So strange and unbelievable are they that I doubt he could have just imagined them truth being stranger than fiction They must have really existed if not individually then organically as composites the last remaining artifacts left behind following the destruction of empires in The Great War Apart from their shared connection to a bygone world they each possess some uniue attribute that makes them exceptional and intriguingWilder draws a parallel between these displaced characters and the demise of the gods of classical antiuity after they too were swept away by the rise of ChristianityWilder s wickedly satiric humour skillfully sends up the absurdities and ridiculous conceits of his protagonists yet he does so in a kind manner because at heart he loves them for their eccentricity and we share his sorrow at their ultimate demiseReading this short novel I was struck by the fact that Wilder himself also represents a bygone era one where an education in the classics was considered mainstream

REVIEW The Cabala

Secret community a cabala of decaying royalty a great cardinal of the Roman Church and an assortment of memorable American ex pats The Cabala. An uneventful and plotless but beautifully written story of a young American who is befriended by a group of well to do socialites in 1920 s Rome It was Wilders first book and hinted at the enormous talent that he would demonstrate in his later writings


10 thoughts on “The Cabala

  1. says:

    What a refreshing change to read something so vastly different from anything written nowadays Yes this book is extremely dated totally immersed in the language and outlook of the 1920s but that's much of its charm And what a delightfully bizarre menagerie of improbable exotic characters Wilder has presented here So strange and un

  2. says:

    The Cabala by Thornton Wilder is set in Rome in the early 1920’s and is a story that centers on of a group of “Fierce in

  3. says:

    Holy cow What an amazing writer

  4. says:

    Ironic and self ironic unapologetically literary urbane and heady Reads for the most part like Woolf or Forster occasionally reaching wry delights When the bourgeoisie discovered that she was accepting invitations there was a tumult as of many watersThis is a book where you get the feeling that the trees as it were are important than the forest And then after weaving this glittering verbal spell the story po

  5. says:

    It must have been the influence of high school where we were reuired to read Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey that gave me the

  6. says:

    An uneventful and plotless but beautifully written story of a young American who is befriended by a group of well to do socialites in 1920's Rome It was Wilders first book and hinted at the enormous talent that he would demonstrate in his later writings

  7. says:

    Gloom at the Top A polite New Englander somehow penetrates a top hat society of aristocrats pale poets and princesses and Cardinals in Rome who are really hapless caught forever in the coils of wealth and privilege able to escape daily toil but not vacuity They are rather ironically known as the Cabala Note this book has nothing to do with Jewish mysticism Nothing Our narrator describes a series of Cabala members individ

  8. says:

    Affluenza is defined as the negative psychological or behavioral effects of having or pursuing wealth per dictionarycom This story excellently demonstrates that concept as it explores the lives of a group of individuals whose wealth has insulated them from the world while convincing them that it's their job to run the worldThe exploration

  9. says:

    Always interesting to go back and visit debut books from prized authors and inside this one you can already see The Bridge of San Luis Rey forming

  10. says:

    Wilder's first novel written at age 26 after he had spent a year at the American school in Rome A portrait of bored and decadent aristocracy in Rome between the wars Characters drawn in great detail but somehow they never came alive

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