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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sloan Wilson Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Universally acclaimed when first published in 1955, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit captured the mood of a generation. It was a national bestseller that was made into an award-winning film, it was translated into twenty-six languages, and its title has become a permanent part of our cultural vocabulary. Today it is more relevant than ever.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit is the story of Tom and Betsy Rath, a young couple with everything going for them: three healthy children, a nice home, and a steady income. They have every reason to be happy, but for some reason they are not. Like so many young men of the day, Tom finds himself caught up in the corporate rat race—what he encounters there propels him on a voyage of self-discovery that will turn his world inside out.

At once a searing indictment of corporate culture, a story of a young man confronting his past and future with honesty, and a testament to the enduring power of family, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit is a deeply rewarding novel about the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book shortly after reading Revolutionary Road and Catch 22, which put an interesting spin on the book. The book can be viewed as 3 portions Revolutionary Road and 1 portion Catch 22. But overall the book has more hope and satisfaction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 2/6/2014

    " I dug it for a good while, in spite of the war reflections, but the ending really blew it for me. Redemption needs to be believable to work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lani | 2/6/2014

    " Surprisingly fresh -- surely they should remake this film with George Clooney.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Morgan Emily | 1/27/2014

    " how is it that some books, like this one, seem to capture a very specific time, but also capture the sentiments and understandings of so many other times, currenttimes included. (see also bel ami same capturing) are the authors on to something magical, are they so intuned with modern and not so modern culture that they can chop it down to something so utterly tangible that people yesterday today tomorrow, will all totally get it. for a while i thought, how fabulous would it be to have a modern rewrite of this, but then i realized, no need, sloan already did that. "

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About the Author

Sloan Wilson (1920–2003) was an American author who wrote novels, short stories, and poetry. Among his many works are the bestsellers The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and A Summer Place, Away from It All, Voyage to Somewhere, Ice Brothers, and Pacific Interlude.