Download Nelson Algren Reading from The Man with the Golden Arm: From Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 2 Audiobook

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Author: Nelson Algren Narrator: Nelson Algren Publisher: Calliope Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Great American Authors Read from Their Works Series Release Date: August 2019 ISBN: 9781094095646
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Author Nelson Algren reads from his award-winning novel, The Man with the Golden Arm. The passage tells of Frankie Machine’s wife, Sophie, who confined to a wheelchair since a drunk-driving accident caused by Frankie. The narration implies that Sophie’s paralysis is psychological in origin, and is unconsciously used to keep Frankie with her. Frankie is in hiding, being sought by the police for murder. Sophie waits anxiously for his return, recalling their early love, and drifting in and out of fantasies that foreshadow the breakdown and mental institution that await her.

Algren planned the reading meticulously, arranging various sections from the novel to form a coherent whole.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a man writing and you should not read it if you cannot take a punch…Mr. Algren can hit with both hands and move around, and he will kill you if you are not awfully careful…Mr. Algren, boy, you are good.”

    Ernest Hemingway

  • “A true novelist’s triumph.”

    Time

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About the Author

Bernard Malamud (1914–1986) was an American author of novels and short stories. Born in Brooklyn and educated at Columbia University, he was one of the great American Jewish authors of the twentieth century. His 1966 novel The Fixer, about anti-Semitism in czarist Russia, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He also authored many short stories, winning a National Book Award for his collection The Magic Barrel. He was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction in 183. He taught English at Oregon State University from 1949 to 1961.