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Young Man with a Horn

Young Man with a Horn Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn t matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage or to the guys in the band that he was just a whi

  • Title: Young Man with a Horn
  • Author: Dorothy Baker Gary Giddins
  • ISBN: 9781590175774
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn t matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage, or to the guys in the band that he was just a white kid He started out in the slums of LA with nothing, and he ended up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York But while talent and drive are all yRick Martin loved music and the music loved him He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn t matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage, or to the guys in the band that he was just a white kid He started out in the slums of LA with nothing, and he ended up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York But while talent and drive are all you need to make it in music, they aren t enough to make it through a life Dorothy Baker s Young Man with a Horn is widely regarded as the first jazz novel, and it pulses with the music that defined an era Baker took her inspiration from the artistry though not the life of legendary horn player Bix Beiderbecke, and the novel went on to be adapted into a successful movie starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day.

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    1. I picked this up because a) Dorothy Baker and b) there were some interesting stories attached to the film adaptation; namely, the Jean Spangler disappearance, and Lauren Bacall's oft talked about role as a mad lesbian femme fatale.What a marvelous book and so startlingly different from Cassandra at the Wedding. Take that, writing workshop art police! Even more proof that you can write about gays and jazz and alcoholism and shockingly not be gay or an alcoholic or a jazz musician, although maybe [...]

    2. Non sono proprio tre stelle. Mi aspettavo più atmosfera jazzistica, mentre é incentrato solo sulla storia personale, di formazione più che altro, di Rick Martin.

    3. Dorothy Baker's first novel follows the short life of Rick Martin, a virtuoso jazz musician at a time when jazz was not taken seriously. Rick Martin is white, but most of his friend and fellow musicians are black: Martin intuitively understand that black musicians play the best and most innovative jazz, and this allows him to move beyond the prejudices and racism of the 1920s. The novel is narrated by an unnamed man, a friend and admirer of Rick, although the focus is exclusively on Rick's life. [...]

    4. Young Man with a Horn takes a long hard look at the individual whose life is controlled around art, and then of course must suffer for it, in a very American way. What makes it good, is it acknowledges this, and even admits that writing is not necessarily the best form of art that creates a national culture. In this case, and Baker I think is saying in America's case, it is jazz. Which is pretty cool for a reader who isn't really that in to jazz. In fact, I hadn't heard of Bix Beiderbecke before [...]

    5. Underrated, arguably the first Jazz novel in America ever.Subtle, tough-minded, racially wise, and stylistically concise to the point of terse, which is kind of the problem for me. I'd have appreciated it if Baker had cut loose to describe Rick Martin and the band's cutting loose. I appreciate the power of understatement, but if you're writing about early 30's jazz, why not go all out? Make it sing on the page. Oh, write that thing! Here's a couplea clips from the tragic, brilliant Bix Beiderbec [...]

    6. Raggiungere quella nota, simbolo della perfezione, una nota che non esiste, che non può essere suonata con la tromba. Rick Martin si avvicina così al burrone, prima dello schianto finale. Una vita brillante, con un talento, che lo conduce alla deriva.

    7. Hoo! Excellent! Wait, this is the same Baker who wrote the likewise excellent but otherwise in tone, structure, character and story entirely dissimilar Cassandra at the Wedding? Weird! Weird world! You haven’t even written one stellar novel, and she wrote two! WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?Right, well, basically every jazz cliché was, so I gather, created in this book, so much so that later generations (this came out in 38) of Jazz aficionados were prone to look back on it with some conte [...]

    8. I had no expectations when I picked this book up. All I knew was that the back cover said it was the "first jazz novel," and that was good enough for me.It's an odd little number, but manages to reflect the artistic striving that the jazz form embodies. It's incredibly well crafted with moments of raw humanity and feeling, but still manages to convey the idea that that Baker couldn't quite hit that high, previously unheard of note, just as her protagonist falls short of a note that everybody say [...]

    9. Young Man with a Horn. The novel catapulted Baker into the literary limelight – and for many years it remained her best known work having been made into a film starring Doris Day, Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall. I read her later novel Cassandra at the Wedding (1962) a few months ago – and loved it. Cassandra at the wedding remains my favourite of the two – but Young Man with a Horn is a brilliantly assured novel, wonderfully atmospheric, it simply oozes jazz. Although not in any way biogra [...]

    10. Among this book's distinctions are that it is the very first jazz novel, as well as one of the rare novels up until then by a white author to portray black people as just people, without misspelled dialect or caricatured actions, and without trying to make a political point. It also alludes to drugs and homosexuality in a straightforward, matter-of-fact way that was revolutionary for the time.On top of all that, it is a very good novel. A young white man from a troubled background finds friendsh [...]

    11. Excellently written account of the life of Rick Martin, a young jazz trumpet player who is devoted to his music. It's not easy to capture the essence of music with just the written word. It's hard to capture the atmosphere of the swing era, the banter and comradeship of the musicians for an audience that hasn't experienced it first hand. Dorothy Baker manages both in an easy and accessible style that drew me in from the first page. The main character, Rick, dies young. We are told this in the fi [...]

    12. What is it like to have a talent that takes you higher and higher? I am not sure Dorothy Baker exactly knew, but she does an amazing job of giving you an idea of it that seems like the real thing. Short and on point.

    13. Full of zing, it practically comes with a gin fizz, a dingy stage and a band, it makes you feel and hear every single note of the music and the telling of it feels like you're reading scripture.

    14. I picked this up (at a posh bookstore in Bangkok, of all places) simply because I had no idea that Young Man with a Horn had been a novel before it became the great 1950 Michael Curtiz/Kirk Douglas movie; besides, there are precious few novels about jazz, so when I find one I feel I have to read it. Seemed like it would be a fun little distraction. So I was hardly expecting to be gobsmacked by some of the leanest prose and incisive characterization I've read in a while. She was wearing a raincoa [...]

    15. I first read this as a kid, and committed paragraphs to heart that I can still recite. I read it again approximately every 15 years or so. Baker's style is amazing, when I read the sentences I feel like I'm eating them. I call it the best 3/4 book ever, because the ending doesn't work: it's such a strong story about an artist, that Rick should be undone by his jazz or his failure to be true to jazz--because that's what the novel is about, his total pursuit of his art--but instead Baker had him u [...]

    16. Dorothy Baker’s Cassandra at the Wedding was one of my reading highlights of 2014 and ever since then I’ve been looking forward to trying her debut, the jazz novel, Young Man with a Horn. I’m glad to say it did not disappoint, far from it. This novel is a modest triumph, finely crafted and deeply felt.First published in 1938, Young Man was inspired by the music, but not the life, of Leon (Bix) Beiderbecke, the legendary cornetist and pianist of the Jazz Age. The novel opens with a prologue [...]

    17. I’ve always been a big fan of the 1950 film “Young Man with a Horn,” the jazz melodrama starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day (along with the behind-the-scenes, heavily-vibratoed trumpet of Harry James). It’s an evocative, solid period entertainment with excellent music, but there’s nothing to suggest that it has a literary source or narrative underpinnings of any serious ambition. Only the performance of Hoagy Carmichael as the narrator and oracular piano player Smoke em [...]

    18. Five stars seems a little strong but I more than "really liked" this book. A beautiful book about jazz and art in general, this book primarily won me over through the narrative voice, which was strong and unique. There was some slang and some great turns of phrase which stood out to me over and over again, but which I never bothered to underline or copy down because that would have been half the book. Then there's the writing about the music itself, things like: "Anybody could have understood th [...]

    19. I have completed Young Man With a Horn by Dorothy Baker and loved the way it was written, the storyline; just everything about this book. I found it to be quite marvelous. I do think that one would possibly have to like music and understand obsessions to perhaps not be bored. Reading it is rather like listening to Miles Davis, Gorden Dexter, Chet Baker & others of their caliber. I absolutely loved it.The storyline is about a youngster named Rick Martin, who in just passing by pawn shops and [...]

    20. This book suffers from being being a first - a first novel about jazz musicians, a first about amicable, equal relations between whites and blacks (although there are echoes of Finn and N. Jim here), a first about a white protagonist learning about jazz from black mentors - and therefore fails to portray these things in a manner that we might now consider sophisticated. But there are some great scenes here, and most importantly Baker's love of Dixieland jazz is contagious. The book lets us here [...]

    21. Have you ever had a book on your shelf that you purchased months ago and just finally picked it up? Then read it and were so mad at yourself that you didn't read it earlier? This is one for me. I've been incredibly into jazz the past couple of years and finally got to reading "Young Man With a Horn". Blew me away! Considered to be the first jazz novel, Dorothy Baker has constructed a story on Rick Martin that echoes the rest of the great writers from the 30's and 40's. An amazing American tale t [...]

    22. Loved this book until the very end. Dorothy Baker had phenomenal insight into the world of music, particularly jazz, and fed it to us in a way that was natural to understand, but her swift ending of the book, and Rick Martin, was abrupt and untimely. It was disturbing and highly disappointing, as death is. Prior to the ending, the book was a strong read and most eloquently written. Fabulous find for an avid fan of jazz, such as myself.

    23. Se fossi nato in un altro mondo, in un altro momento, tutto sarebbe stato diverso. Il nome Martin sarebbe rimasto accanto a quelli di chi ci credeva come me, di chi ci teneva alla musica e la suonava così bene. Ma un menestrello che può mai fare? Suona la canzone e poi basta. Quello che conta è dedicarti alla cosa in cui credi, anche se ti fa sbandare lungo il cammino e ti prende a cazzotti in faccia

    24. The race relations presented in the book were interesting and made me curious to know more about Baker's politics, but even with concessions for the racism of the period the language was still hard to get past. Other than that it was beautifully written, capturing the depth of moments in a loose, rhythmic style without falling to loftiness.

    25. Jazz, Estados Unidos, anos 30, vidas intensas. Ten os mellores ingredientes que Dorothy Baker sabe como mesturar, cociñar a lume lento, e presentalo do modo máis adecuado. Desde o principio este plato cheira que alimenta mais é logo cando vai tendo sentido na boca, disfrutando cada matiz e sobrevivindo a lembranza dunha gran comida.

    26. I enjoyed Rick's passion to push himself and his art forward. His friendship of Smoke and admiration for Jeff and Art illustrate the difficulties of working across races at a time of direct and open prejudices (in fact to a modern mind the racial epitaphs are jarring in there casual use).Only quibble would be that end is well telegraphed and a little rushed.

    27. A great jazz novel first published in 1938 and beautifully re-issued by the New York Review of Books and so perfectly captures that elusive feeling of jazz music - like Ondaatje does in Coming through Slaughter!

    28. 3 1/2 stars. Interesting story about early jazz musicians, based loosely on the life of Bix Beiderbeck, told in uneven prose.

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