Anton Myrer: The Last Convertible

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ADORE this book One of my all time favourites I even found a hard copy version in an old bookstore on Cape Cod Couldn t get perfect Such a good story such good characters oh how I wanted that car And would have taken Dal as wellhe was the best I ve read by Anton Myrer several times and have thoroughly enjoyed it every time I ve just added it to my all time favorites list It tells the story of 5 Harvard men and the women they loved in the carefree years leading p to World War II where their biggest worries where the next dance of the Big Band Sounds of those days would be and who would be driving the huge beautiful Packard convertible they called The Empress Their lives are turned The Grand Sophy upside down with the beginning of WWII It is a wonderful tale I nevernderstood my dad Winners Dream until I read this book This book so completely makes you feel a part of the whole pre WWII generation and the music that kept them going despite the great depressionHIGHLY recommended Wonderful book The Greatest Generation from pre war college days to post war readjustment trying to makep for time lost and friends lost finishing school jobs marriage kids A very personal yet sweeping view of the war the homefront swing and friendships seen through a small group of college buddies thrown together torn apart and thrown together again all held together by memories and a beautiful old Packard convertible called The Empress Makes you want to mix a stinger and listen to Glen Miller Not as razor sharp as Myrer s war critiue Once an Eagle but still an interesting look both at the WWII generation and the progression of life from idealistic youth to realistic middle age It just barely avoids being soapy in pl. The women they loved and the elegant car that came to symbolize their romantic youth It is also the story of their coming of age in the dark days of World War II and of their nshakable.

I m not sure how many years ago I read this but it was passed around the office and everyone loved it including me However I didn t relate to it in the same way as I m sure I would now now that I m older and have a greater sense of how time works on old friendships and relationships Anton Myrer creates masterful character development in his novel revolving around Harvard students WWII and ensuing family years filled with love grief and personality conflicts Following the book s title a classic four door green late 1930 s Packard convertible nicknamed Empress is featured throughout the book providing transportation for dates football games Boston s Back Bay as well as memorable jaunts to Nauset Beach on Cape Cod Very good novel This is a grand sweeping epic that is reminiscent of the style of novels that were big in the 1970 s Nostalgic soapy melodramatic stories that seemed to be the norm This one stands out as one of the best from that period Tells the story of five friends from Harvard in 1940 and we see how their lives and loves play out through the second world war years and beyond The novel incorporates wonderful old big band songs into the story which really helps to set the time and places in the novelI really enjoyed the middle third of this book and I believe it to be the strongest part of the novel The first third was a bit over the top dialogue wise All that snobby and pretentious Ivy league crap Old chum old chap old stick Grog o Wog o Trog o sheesh I would be surprised if people actually spoke that way Overall I enjoyed this novel and I swear if I listened hard enough I could hear the big band sounds of Glenn Miller in the distance4 stars out of 5 Anton Myrer's beloved bestselling novel of America's World War II generation is as powerful now as it was pon its publication An immediate classic it tells the story of five Harvard men.

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Aces but is enjoyable from beginning to end This is one of my absolute favorite books When I wish to be caught Harveys Revised English Grammar up in a time that only existed for a fragile moment in lhe lives of a select group this is one of the best to capture the experience and anguish of joy sorrow love laughter and longing all in one 0ther books that have the same effect for me are The Best of Families by Ellen Berlin and Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy I think at least one of these is probably due for a re read soon 2014 You can t go home again or at least not always I do so love this book but this time through the central device struck me as a little shopworn the ending rushed and annoying from the standpoint that these characters are summingp their lives and they are younger at the end of the book than I am now But the achingly nostalgic tone the homage to the music of the protagonist s adolescence that car oh that car all of that still works for me and will keep me coming back again and again 2009 I tried this time to read this book analytically to figure out why it means so much to me why it looms so large in my head I don t know that I have a rational answer the protagonist is a Puritan bound by duty and hampered by Como agua para chocolate unnecessary suffering His wife is presented as completelynlikeable a martinet and a shrew Really there aren t a lot of characters here with whom I can identify even a little bit but it doesn t matter Somehow for me this novel exemplifies a generation It explains things to me about World War Two about the people who were caught p in it and changed by it and how the sixties were born It s a huge sweeping portrait of a time that seems golden in retrospect I adore it still. Loyalty to a lost dream of Camelot of grace and style in the decades that followed The Last Convertible is a gripping tribute to a way of living that immortalized the Greatest Generatio.

Anton Myrer who died of leukemia in 1996 was a best selling author whose themes were America's loss of innocence and the use and abuse of power He is particularly remembered for The Last Convertible 1978 a summation of the American experience during and after World War II and for Once an Eagle 1968 which traces the life of a regular Army officer and his family from before World War I to