The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Here is the story of Tom and Betsy Rath, a young couple with everthing going for them three healthy children, a nice home, 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 wHere is the story of Tom and Betsy Rath, a young couple with everthing going for them three healthy children, a nice home, 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 coporate 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.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Here is the story of Tom and Betsy Rath a young couple with everthing going for them three healthy children a nice home a steady income They have every reason to be happy but for some reason they

  • Title: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • Author: Sloan Wilson Jonathan Franzen
  • ISBN: 9781568582467
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit”

    1. Book Circle Reads 158Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Here is the story of Tom and Betsy Rath, a young couple with everthing going for them: three healthy children, a nice home, 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 cor [...]

    2. LOVED this. I'm a sucker for anything 1950s, and this was a great look at the depressing conformity of that era. My dad recommended this book to me after I raved about the AMC show "Mad Men." It's pretty clear that the show's writers took the plot almost directly from this book. Both deal with the same dynamic: War-hero husbands quietly dealing with the mental fall-out of WW2, housewives stifled by a life of cleaning and baking, and what happens when no one is allowed to talk about how they're r [...]

    3. One of the iconic American novels of the 1950s, thanks to its penetrating portrait of postwar disaffection in the New England suburbs. The novel is really one of two halves, with the first half far and away the better one. Tom Rath, 33-year-old former paratrooper turned reluctant corporate drone, is blindly stumbling through all manner of life crises, both internal and external, yet there is no one with the time or the empathy to listen, really listen to his cri de coeur. Exceptionally strong in [...]

    4. I didn't think I was going to like this book to be honest, but I was pleasantly surprised by how sucked into the story I was. I really liked the vibe and the insight into the 1950s! It is really crazy to draw the comparisons between then and now, I don't think the majority of today's world could handle what happened in the everyday back then.Great Read!!

    5. America anni ’50. Tom Rath e la moglie Betsy sono inquieti e, benché non se lo confessino, si sta lentamente facendo largo in loro la sensazione di non essere soddisfatti né l’uno dell’altro, né della vita che conducono.In lui, affiorano i ricordi della guerra, non finita da molto, e di un passato che comincia a riconsiderare, perché lo ha troppo frettolosamente accantonato. In lei, fioriscono progetti su progetti, per tentare di uscire da un’atmosfera che sta diventando soffocante e [...]

    6. Ambientada en la década de los cincuenta, cuando no se hablaba de las frustraciones sino que se ahogaban en martinis, “El hombre del traje gris” de Sloan Wilson se centra en Tom Rath, un hombre que lleva una vida idéntica a la de miles de hombres de aquella época. Tom Rath vive en Connecticut pero cada mañana coge el tren para ir a trabajar a Nueva York. Tom tiene una mujer preciosa que le espera en casa y tres adorables hijos pequeños, pero esto no parece suficiente; en la pared del co [...]

    7. As I worked my way through The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, I tried to remember how and why it came to be recommended to me. This was especially true in the beginning of the book, as it took a while for the plot to get moving—relatively speaking. No one will ever mistake this book for a page-turner. More than once I thought to myself, “Why am I reading this?” It’s a legitimate question for any book, but especially for a book that you only read for fifteen minutes at a go and yet still f [...]

    8. El éxito de esta novela quizá sea el personaje de Rath, con el que todos nos podemos identificar en un momento u otro. Todos buscamos la felicidad, todos tratamos de hacer las cosas lo mejor posible aunque no siempre salgan como esperamos."Sólo los masoquistas pueden vivir sin retocar sus recuerdos."He sentido angustia, en el matiz actual relacionado con el éxito, esto es, que todos necesitamos dinero, bienes, trabajo y familia para alcanzar el punto óptimo de felicidad que se valora hoy en [...]

    9. This book was recommended to me as being "something every Mad Men fan should read." It has similar themes, but was ineptly written. About 2/3rds of the book's bulk is comprised of characters either A) talking to each other, or B) thinking out loud. You start to appreciate the old writing class cliche about "show me, don't tell me."If you want some 50s angst, check out Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar." It touches many of the same issues, and is about a million times better than this book in every re [...]

    10. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, published the year I was born, was a great commentary on the struggles of a young couple uncertain about their future. Having spent my career in PR, I especially enjoyed the drama associated with the CEO's speech that was so prominent in the first half of the book. It rang true. Everybody in the hierarchy piles on their edits and suggestions so eventually the speech is filled with buzzwords and hyperbole that mean absolutely nothing and are inauthentic for the i [...]

    11. Whenever I watch The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit with Gregory Peck, I say, "Boy, it'd be nice to read the original novel by Sloan Wilson sometime, wouldn't it?"d when I at last came across an old 1956 printing in the local library basement sale, this old paperback shouldered its way immediately to the top of my reading list. I was not disappointed. It is an enjoyable and moving five-star work.The basics of the novel--a combat veteran haunted by memories of the men he killed, and by the brief, d [...]

    12. Such a frustrating read, loads of potential that gets bogged down in just too much going on, too many characters with too many off shooting narratives for such a short book. The ending felt rushed and far too pat, given the final thirty pages. There are monumental shifts in circumstances and startling admissions that take place, which make the ending problematic and seems more like what a philandering male's ideal attitude of his wife should be--even for the 1950's it is just not realistic.

    13. Don't understand how this one has passed me by for so long! Wonderful depiction of 1950s America and the difficulties one "ordinary" man has to adjusting to life after his experiences in the war. Very evocative and atmospheric of the time and place, although sometimes the characterisation is a bit wooden. However, Tom Rath, the main protagonist, is unforgettable.

    14. I didn't care for this one. It addresses middle-class dissatisfactions similar to those explored in Revolutionary Road, but Sloan Wilson's treatment is dry and pedestrian. Perhaps it just takes a tortured soul like Dick Yates to approach these issues in a dramatically memorable way. Skip this one and go for the depth. Read Yates instead.

    15. This book brought to mind a recurring theme of the post 1945 era, that of wanting something good and noble to materialise from the efforts and heartbreaks of those who lived through the horrors of war.

    16. The film closely follows the novel in plot, but I'd give Gregory Peck the credit for revealing more of the interior life of Thomas Rath than the book achieves. Glad I read it, but in this case the film is superior.

    17. Quick easy fiction. 1950s piece about morality of advancement and struggles of the salaryman. A happy ending, for once!

    18. Really enjoyed his writing style. Some people compare main character to Don Draper but I find Tom Rath to be a much more likeable person.

    19. The Gray Flannel SuitMy contention has been that the Great American Novel was The Last Hurrah. Perhaps I have erred and it was The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit?My edition of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit was for 2002 with an introduction by Jonathan Franzen (he is perhaps more famous now). For this edition there is also an afterword by the author, Sloan Wilson. The afterword had been the introduction to a 1983 edition of the book. I read the book to be informed as to why it was, and has been, [...]

    20. "‘Hello!’ he said, getting up from his chair and walking briskly around the end of the desk. ‘Good morning, Gordon! How are you, Bill! And you’re Tom Rath! I certainly do appreciate your taking the time to have lunch with us!’His manner was both warm and deferential. He shook Tom’s hand heartily, and without making it necessary for him to say more than ‘How do you do?’ kept up a steady patter of conversation.‘I hear you’re working for the Schanenhauser Foundation,’ he said. [...]

    21. “Believe me, I want you to have a good time,' he said gently, 'but people who have that primarily in mind rarely accomplish it.”On the surface, Tom Rath was the All-American man of his generation. He grew up in a well-to-do New England town, went to school, went off to fight in World War II, came home and raised his family - he had a good job, a pretty wife, good kids. Under that veneer, however, was a bitter, cynical man who had come to both loathe and fear what he had and questioned, more [...]

    22. This novel, published in 1955, captures the essence of the unspoken struggle of veterans with PTSD after World War II. Mental illness, including PTSD, was not a subject about which people spoke. During this period, veterans returned from war, immediately immersed in office life; it is this sharp transition that leaves the protagonist disconnected and aimless. Wilson, drawing on his own experiences, describes the life of Tom Rath after war:“I really don’t know what I was looking for when I go [...]

    23. "Da quando è terminata la guerra, è sempre stato come se tentassi di capire qualcosa che mi sfuggiva. Non mi è mai riuscito di vedere ben chiaro dentro di me, ma continuo a provare le stesse sensazioni di quando stavo per lanciarmi con il paracadute e sapevo che molti di noi ci avrebbero lasciato la pelle."Tom Rath, eroe di guerra e dalla guerra segnato ben più di quanto immagini egli stesso, identifica il pessimismo con la saggezza.Al contrario di sua moglie per cui andrà sempre tutto bene [...]

    24. Set in post World War II US of the 1950's, the main character is a combat veteran who served in both European and Pacific theaters as a paratrooper, often landing behind enemy lines where he often had to engage in face-to-face combat. He sees his present life as compartmentalized and views his war experiences as totally disconnected from his present busy and routine lifestyle as a Connecticut suburban dad and husband and upwardly mobile commuter who is a professional in New York City. His wife h [...]

    25. Honestly this book was extremely addicting. I had to read it for my history class and I wouldn't have know about it otherwise, but I'm really glad I did! It's super fast to read and most of the book is dialogue. It is about the 50's generation and how it was common for everyone to just fit in, only the main character Tom decides he is not getting any fulfillment from this common lifestyle and he decides to start changing his routine. He starts taking more chances and being more honest with those [...]

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