Free Download [Music Book] â The World of Henry Orient - by Nora Johnson Þ

By Nora Johnson | Comments: ( 892 ) | Date: ( Nov 17, 2019 )

The story is immediately recognizable in its theme and setting, but it exists in what seems to be another time and another place Nora Johnson s The World of Henry Orient, published in 1958, is an amusing, affectionate satire of the last days of innocence in the lives of two New York girls, Marian Gil Gilbert and Valerie Val Boyd The boredom and impatience of adolesceThe story is immediately recognizable in its theme and setting, but it exists in what seems to be another time and another place Nora Johnson s The World of Henry Orient, published in 1958, is an amusing, affectionate satire of the last days of innocence in the lives of two New York girls, Marian Gil Gilbert and Valerie Val Boyd The boredom and impatience of adolescence are richly caught, even as they inspire crazy escapades that will eventually open up the world for these two bright but naive girls.Val and Gil have become friends at an age when friendship is the most important thing Boys have not entered the picture yet, but childhood has begun to recede and the world is beckoning them The girls are growing up in comfortable upper middle class homes in Manhattan, which creates a special kind of tension and stress in their lives They are just old enough to have some independence, to play at being grownups, with the city as their playground At a Carnegie Hall concert, they see a pianist named Henry Orient, and they are immediately smitten with him not in the sexual sense, but moonstruck nonetheless Henry Orient becomes the focus of their lives They follow him around Manhattan, observing his routine, his world, unaware at first that they are observing the pianist bound up in a snarl of romantic liaisons What happens to Val and Gil is what we now called bonding, the kind of friendship that smoothes the transition from innocence to worldliness, from the certainties of childhood to the infinite possibilities of adulthood.Engaging and exuberant, The World of Henry Orient treats its heroines with affection and good humor These are silly girls, it seems, doing little than playing games, but a great deal goes on beneath the surface of their lives Nora Johnson is sensitive to the delicate stresses that threaten the security adolescents have always known.


  • Title: The World of Henry Orient
  • Author: Nora Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780971461208
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Nora Johnson

Nora Johnson was the daughter of film writer, director and producer Nunnally Johnson, pivotal in such acclaimed films as The Grapes of Wrath She attended the Brearley School in New York City and in 1954 graduated from Smith College.Her first and most well known novel, The World of Henry Orient 1956 , was based on her experiences at the Brearley School In 1964 it was made into a movie produced and co scripted by her father, Nunnally Johnson, and starring Peter Sellers In 1957 The Atlantic Monthly published her influential article Sex and the College Girl , which culled her experiences at Smith to discuss then current attitudes towards sex on American campuses.



Comments The World of Henry Orient

  • Lisa Vegan

    The movie The World of Henry Orient was one of my favorites when I was a kid, but I never knew it was made based on a book until I found the book on . I really enjoyed reading this. Pure nostalgia. While reading, I pictured the movie’s actors as being the characters. As I expected, the story was slightly different from that in the movie and the ending was somewhat different as well. I’m partial to the movie (5 stars!), but most likely that’s because it’s an old favorite. When young, a fr [...]


  • Lori

    Huh, for some reason I have been remembering this book like some kind of deja-vu mystery from my childhood, and then yesterday I remembered the title. So imagine my surprise to see that it was gone for years and fnally reprinted in 2002. I don't remember anything about it except that I was utterly charmed and reread it quite a few times. I may see if the library has it, I'd love to revisit the Lori I was as a child.


  • Vivian

    This is the story of two girls, both loners, who meet at a private girls' school in New York City and is told in first person, past tense by Marian who is looking back on her first friendship. She is the only child of a divorced woman in a time when divorce was stigmatized. Val is the only child of successful "jet setters" and has been raised in institutions. She is at once rebellious and delightful, energetic and creative, genius and prodigy, and deeply troubled.Val becomes obsessed with a conc [...]


  • RØB

    Sure, it's a book about 13-year-old girls, but it's also a brilliant coming-of-age story (and really, a solid story about the perils of friendship for anyone of any age, too). I picked up the book having loved the movie (which stars Peter Sellers in the title role). Now I need to see the movie once more! The book got a little text-book-psychological towards the end (and even mentioned characters who did exactly that) but did, for a book that's about 50 years old now, seem extremely modern in its [...]


  • Czarny Pies

    I read this book after having seen the movie. Being thirteen at the time, I found the teenage female protagonists quite fascinating. My sons however when they were the age of the heroine simply found her infatuation a middle-aged second-rater to be utter folly and had no sympathy with her.Nonetheless this novel is well done even if it no longer connects with the audience that it was written for.


  • Zoann

    I remember fondly a 1964 movie called the World of Henry Orient. Recently, I saw that the author of the book the movie was based died. I didn't realize the movie was based on a book and decided to read the book.The book is much darker than the movie and is more serious in its purpose. It definitely gives one a sense of what New York city was like in the late '50's--a place where two young teenagers could freely wander the city without a second thought. I liked this:"I had an alarming view of the [...]


  • Kiwi Carlisle

    This is one of the best books I've ever read about the mind of an adolescent girl moving from childhood into the edge of adulthood. It definitely presents a vanished world, but there is much there for many who remember the tribulations of that age. I was intrigued to note that Nora Johnson changed the ending to a rather more upbeat one for the movie, as well as deepening some plot lines at the expense of others.


  • L.M. Vincent

    Decided to read this after learning of Nora Johnson's recent death; I had never read this book or seen the movie. I'm glad I did, although I needed to continually transfer my sensibilities into that of a 15 year old female reader. Nonetheless it was impactful in a strange way, and still hard to get out of my mind, so I must consider it a success even if I can't exactly figure out why.


  • Judy

    I have seen the 1964 movie "The World of Henry Orient" many times. Recently I saw it again and realized that it was based on a book. Through interlibrary loan, I was able to secure a copy. I was impressed to find that the movie followed the book pretty well. The only part that really differed was the ending. The movie had a happier ending with Val going off to travel and then settle in NYC with her dad. In the book, her dad is just a name and speaks only a couple of sentences. There is no person [...]


  • Steven Clark

    I read this book many years ago and love to go back to it. It is a great adolescent story of friendship, adjustment, and an evocative picture of New York in the fifties. I first saw the movie of this book (which is also very good but somewhat more optimistic), and the writing and empathy with the characters makes for an enjoyable and satisfying read. 'Someone who can play violin to your piano' is how friendship is defined. isn't that what we all want?


  • Teri

    This book came to mind as I was enjoying Favia's adventures (Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie). I remembered little of the book other than it's setting and the name 'Henry Orient'. I had originally read it in my very early teens. Although in some respects a more serious story than I remembered, it was as satisfying as ever.


  • Ainsley kerr

    Cute


  • Corinne Driscoll

    Don't usually think this, but I like the movie better than the book. I read this years ago and don't remember it as being so dark.


  • Amelia

    This novel is adorable. RIYL: old-timey New York Stories, teenage girl rituals, celebrity concert pianists.


  • Lucy

    This movie has been a favorite of mine since I was about 10-years-old. I remember reading the book when I was about 14. I'm tracking down an inexpensive copy so that I can re-read it as an adult.


  • Mike Lester

    Looking forward to this. I absolutely love the film.


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