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I Can Get It For You Wholesale ➽ [Reading] ➿ I Can Get It For You Wholesale By Jerome Weidman ➲ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Jerome Weidman’s enduring classic novel about life in New York’s cutthroat garment districtJust south of Times Suare than six thousand manufacturers of dresses are crammed into the few blocks that Jerome Weidman’s enduring classic novel about Get It PDF Í life in New York’s cutthroat garment districtJust south of Times Suare than six thousand manufacturers of dresses are crammed into the few blocks that make up Manhattan’s garment district Their factories are cramped noisy and incredibly profitable—and Harry Bogen is going to take them I Can PDF/EPUB or for all they’re worth A classic conniver he knows that it’s easier and a hell of a lot fun to turn a buck by lying than by telling the truth First he convinces the shipping clerks—the pack animals of the garment industry—to go on strike With the dress manufacturers brought to their Can Get It Kindle Ï knees Harry will be there to pick them up again His conscience might be conflicted if he had one in the first place A bracing comic sensation when first published I Can Get It For You Wholesale remains a timeless masterpiece—its hero still a scoundrel and his charm as irresistible as everThis Can Get It For You ePUB ↠ ebook features a foreword by Alistair Cooke.

  • ebook
  • 310 pages
  • I Can Get It For You Wholesale
  • Jerome Weidman
  • 09 March 2014
  • 9781480410701

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  1. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Second Generation NeurosesThe first generation of 20th century immigrants to New York City underwent a remarkably difficult transition to ‘The American Way’ By grit and luck they survived and clawed their way out of their Lower East Side slums to the relative splendour of The Bronx They didn’t get rich but they were on the ladder of at least modest prosperity They had lost only a nominal often hostile homeland and perhaps the stifling culture of an isolated shtetl Their new life than compensated for the lossThe cultural calculus for the next generation however is less than clear cut These children of immigrants know nothing of the historical community that produced and sustained their parents What they do know is what it’s like to be on the bottom of an economic and social system which offers ‘opportunity’ but only at the price of cultural identity They have assimilated the disdain for the foreigner that they have experienced for their entire lives And that includes the foreigner that they know themselves to be when they look at their own families Their parents survival is not something they can hold as a success They refuse to settle for lower middle class respectability They hate the system that demands that they conform to its ethos of the moral and economic jungle But they also hate being considered less than worthy of being part of that system This is the point at which the immigrant family becomes truly naturalized when it’s children become alienated from whatever residue of culture they may have received and embark on pursuing the ambitions they perceive America wants them to have These they adopt along with the ruthless guile appropriate to their reality They scheme lie cheat and double deal because those are the practical skills reuiredHarry Bogen is Weidman’s second generation protagonist He is a clever sarcastic entirely amoral entrepreneur whose aim is to beat the system by exploiting every weakness he can find in everyone he knows He exploits his business partners without mercy; hates the children of all other immigrants eually including those of fellow Jews; spouts casual racism as a mark of American sophistication; and is pathologically misogynistic to all womenExcept that Harry apparently loves his mother He is devoted to her with a Freudian intensity that is disturbing Interestingly Harry never mentions why; he never mentions his childhood at all except to lament his father’s lowly position Harry’s mother is for the reader an entirely symbolic being whom Harry adores and showers with presents He buys her stylish dresses and fur coats He wants her to freuent the beauty parlour and keep herself looking young He wants to bask in her loving presence while she feeds him blintzes his only cultural connection to the family’s past She worries about how he’ll cope when she’s gone She fusses over him continuously; waits for him returning from work while leaning on a pillow on the windowsill; criticises his business morals gripes about his lack of suitable women friendsThere are clues that this mutual devotion masks something deeper though Why does Harry despise women so intensely Why does the facial similarity to his mother of a girl he’s introduced to by her generate incipient violence against her Why does Harry feel it necessary to buy his mother’s affection with such overt bribery To what extent is his mother complicit in his alienation from the very culture and history she represents There are layers of personal history that Weidman doesn’t reveal explicitly But these too are part of Harry’s second generation neuroses His relationship with his mother is the flip side of his business maliciousness; both have the same hidden sourceWeidman has written a very sophisticated fictional case study of this second generation condition The book is almost entirely dialogue mostly involving Harry’s nefarious schemes about either business or sex interspersed with his real thoughts always sarcastic and demeaning about the people he comes in contact with His slipping in and out of Yiddish English idiom to demonstrate the gap in experience between Harry and his mother is masterful And Weidman’s knowledge of the New York rag trade of the 30’s creates a social commentary of considerable worth in its own rightThis is a sort of Jewish Noir version of Dreiser’s An American Tragedy It is a better book than Dreiser’s in techniue development and implicit themes Weidman seems to be one of those writers who have been largely forgotten because they are simply too painful to remember Harry Bogen is not merely a second generation immigrant corrupted by ‘the system’ He is an American Everyman who perceives in some way that what was lost in becoming assimilated was perhaps worth than what had been realised at the time

  2. Michael Perkins Michael Perkins says:

    Harry Bogen has to be one of the most loathsome characters I have encountered in fiction in a long time A transformed Gregor Samsa seems appealing But in the age of Trump no doubt there is an abundance of Bogens around including in the Administration

  3. Pop Bop Pop Bop says:

    Unjustly NeglectedFormatKindle EditionWell maybe not neglected People who have read pre war Depression era American fiction know this book Heck Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald knew this book People who treasure New York business noir movies and plays and the books they're based on from Sweet Smell of Success to Man in the Grey Flannel Suit to Rod Serling's Patterns to John O'Hara's From the Terrace know the dramatized version of this bookSo maybe the caption of this book review should be Books That Still Resonate Because even though this book is set in New York's garment district in the 1930's its lessons insights humor and dramatic power can easily make the jump to Silicon Valley Just change street hustler businessman salesman to entrepreneur and you're almost there This book made a strong impression on me when I read it as a young man in the 1950's; its message fits the Facebook generation just as wellHarry Bogen unscrupulous heal conniver back stabber and almost gleefully unethical shark is a man for our times In 1937 the garment district was a powerful engine behind New York city's prosperity Today the juice has switched to Wall Street but the players remain remarkably close to type You can read this as a nostalgia piece I guess but I suggest that it is as pertinent to today as the morning headlinesThere is a reason why this book has survived while others like it have languished and drifted out of memory The writing is sharp; dialogue is crisp and loaded with meaning and color Harry Bogen may be the villain but as the central character his energy and lust for power and success jumps off the page and drives the narrative Because the characters and themes are authentic and because the tale is timeless this book is important relevant and valuable It is good to have it available againPlease note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book

  4. 4cats 4cats says:

    Written in 1937 I Can Get It for You Wholesale remains as fresh today as when it was first published Set in New York's garment district it chronicles the rise of Harry Bogen who will stop at nothing to make as much money as he possibly can often crookedly and in doing so betraying those closest to himAlthough Harry is not the most likeable of characters we are drawn to him through the fast paced witty first person narrative The novel is as relevant today as it was in the 30's dealing with a man's greed and lust for money and power which overrides anything else in his life A classic read

  5. Kyle Kyle says:

    Set in New York's garment district The main character Harry Bogen is a total schmuck The sexism and sexual harassment in this book are amazing He'd fire any secretary that wouldn't put out in a heartbeat He makes uite a lot of money running crooked businesses and spends it all on shiksas His good Jewish mother wants him to marry a nice Jewish girl Ruthie Rivkin but Harry seems to be determined to rid himself of all signs of his Jewishness To the point where he even calls his business partner a hebe at one point He is the definition of unscrupulous incarnate I must say after I got used to it I really started to enjoy the language though He has an amazing over the top comic dialogue style that makes the book really move They apparently made it into a musical with Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould in 1962 before they were famous

  6. Pamela Pamela says:

    I was very disappointed in this I went into it thinking it was going to be an expose of the garment industry similar to what Upton Sinclair's The Jungle was to the meat industry It wasn't It was page after page after page of smart alec remarks spewing from the mouth of a psychopathic misogynistic money grubbing huckster I realize it is a story of its time There are many good stories of this time This is not one of them This is a story with a main character I don't care to spend time with a story with a writing style that borders on the inane and a plot that is predictable boring and ultimately pointless In short it is not a story worth reading There's a second in the series I will save myself the bother and eye time by not reading it

  7. Marian Marian says:

    Yes wellWell apart from the fact that the protagonist was a wee bit of a sociopathic conman and the archaic slang was wearing hey not a bad book I can see how this style of writing was a departure from the style of the time and led to the modern novel and that was interesting I'm not interested in reading about Harry

  8. Dan Sexton Dan Sexton says:

    Don't waste your timeIf the author's motive was to try the reader's patience he succeeded Assuming it would get better soon I read this entire waste of good ink I hope this will save you the time investment

  9. Brian McCann Brian McCann says:

    I revisit the music of this show every so often but never read its book Predictable scenario I was interested where the Streisand character fits in the show

  10. Catharine Catharine says:

    An oldie but a goodie a rags to riches story set in the NY rag trade in the 40s Brilliant insight into the corrupting nature of greed It had overtones of that excellent noir movie The Sweet Smell of Success Burt Lancaster Tony Curtis

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