At the Shores

At the Shores At the Shores is a classic novel of love in America Set in the Indiana dunes and Chicago it tells the story of Jerry Engels an appealing handsome middle class boy who even in elementary school fi

  • Title: At the Shores
  • Author: Thomas Rogers
  • ISBN: 9781590511503
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the Shores is a classic novel of love in America Set in the Indiana dunes and Chicago, it tells the story of Jerry Engels, an appealing, handsome, middle class boy, who even in elementary school finds himself forever in love He loved the girls in his class, the girls on the block, the maid at home, his sister s friends, some of his mother s friends He even lovAt the Shores is a classic novel of love in America Set in the Indiana dunes and Chicago, it tells the story of Jerry Engels, an appealing, handsome, middle class boy, who even in elementary school finds himself forever in love He loved the girls in his class, the girls on the block, the maid at home, his sister s friends, some of his mother s friends He even loved girls he just happened to see out the window of the car In high school the renowned University of Chicago Laboratory High School he strives to make the grades his academically superb sister made and his parents expect, but as the world becomes erotically charged for him, he finds it hard to study Unlike other boys, who live according to the approved doctrine that there are other things in the world besides girls politics, cars, sports, finding out about things and fixing things, and making money Jerry cares only about girls For him, girls are a kind of blessing When he saw a girl like Betty Lomax walking through Belfield Hall with a fresh flower tucked into her hair, he felt like kissing her out of gratitude for having bought that flower and put it in her hair Then, at the end of his junior year, he falls deeply, passionately in love with Rosalind Ingleside, the most beautiful, respected, and wealthy girl in school, and for almost all of one summer Jerry s dream of loving and being loved is fulfilled If I had a class in American Adolescence, I d teach At the Shores in tandem with The Catcher in the Rye and Growing Up Absurd This meticulously perceived and modest novel about growing up in America anything but absurd is probably closer to lives than we might suspect It does wonders for one s sense of reality Philip Roth

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    1. shelfnotesDear Reader,I cannot for the life of me recall why I picked this book up. It was published 35 years ago, and is not widely known. But I was reading something, somewhere that mentioned it and I wanted to check it out. I had to go through my work library consortium to find a copy over at Bard College; it is not available anywhere in my local public library system and wasn’t at my own library. So clearly, I had to do a bit of work to get my hands on a copy! And yet I wish I could recall [...]

    2. The northern state border of Indiana doesn’t nestle in the arms of Lake Michigan but kisses its bottom curve. And what a kiss it is. “High dune, grass covered, tree crowned” shoreline stretches for miles along the wave-torn lake and it is here that the story of Jerry Engels, adolescent, unfolds. This coming-of-age story was first published by Simon & Schuster in 1980, but a few years ago it was revived by Other Press and now has just been re-released by Open Road Media in ebook format. [...]

    3. IIn these days of the permissive society, this is the story of a young boy, growing into adolescence in an era with all the physical desires of youth but ease of satisfaction not easy to come by. Set in the shores of Lake Michigan when all the young people gather for the summer, there is an innocence in Jerry Engles, good looking but lacking in self confidence. He falls in love with Rosalind, from a rich family, who employ him to tend their tennis court and welcome him into their home as a frien [...]

    4. It's been some time since I read Catcher in the Rye. But from what I do remember, there are some similarities to Rogers' novel.Jerry Engels is a teenager growing up in a well-off coastal town in America. There are probably many things going on in his young life - school, friends, hobbies, but we don't hear about any of that really. This is a book about Jerry discovering, liking, experiencing girls and love, from childhood through to late adolescence. First dates, kisses and so on. Jerry's story [...]

    5. I've given this book 3 stars; there were times and parts I would give 5 stars and other parts I would give one. 3 was my average. This is not so much a coming of age book as a growing up book. Jerry is almost Holden Caulfield like in this book of juvenile and teenage angst.

    6. Jerry is a young man growing up on the edge of a great lake. He is a typical boy growing up with his mom, dad and sister. I found myself skimming.

    7. This book ought to be at least as widely read and beloved as "The Catcher in the Rye". Personally, I'd take Jerry Engels over Holden Caulfield.

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