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Initially entertaining but ultimately unrewarding The story revolves around a mysterious young man with the unlikely name of Gunnar O Grady who first appears to the gigolo Paul in the guise of a furnace mender, then to the precocious child Consuelo as a florist Gunnar strikes everyone who meets him as being possessed of deep wisdom, and the socialite Campaspe makes great efforts to find him Gunnar re appears as an acrobat, then vanishes entirely Under his influence Paul starts working as a b Initially entertaining but ultimately unrewarding The story revolves around a mysterious young man with the unlikely name of Gunnar O Grady who first appears to the gigolo Paul in the guise of a furnace mender, then to the precocious child Consuelo as a florist Gunnar strikes everyone who meets him as being possessed of deep wisdom, and the socialite Campaspe makes great efforts to find him Gunnar re appears as an acrobat, then vanishes entirely Under his influence Paul starts working as a broker in Wall Street, which at first scares his rich older wife, but in the end pleases her Consuelo s governesses sets up a successful business with the brothers who used to perform at the music hall with Gunnar A party is thrown in honor of a celebrated novelist who broke the heart of his older mistress The lady is question then dies of natural causes in the arms of Campaspe Campaspe finds that she has fallen in love with Gunnar, whom she barely knows, but when he confesses his love to her, she drops him and he falls for Wintergreen, a provincial ing nue whom Paul has been half heartedly trying to seduce The whole thing spins out of control about half way through and the rapid succession of events in the final chapters makes no sense at all, without having enough manic energy or zany humor to show for it The only thing I d say in favor of this book is that its author has a very wide vocabulary and enjoys employing rare words such as nimiety, tralatitiously, pinguid, subdolous, perpend, edacious, arrive and hyaline The richness of the English language never stops to delight me, and why should Scrabble nuts have the monopoly on this toy box (((EBOOK))) ⇜ Firecrackers: A Realistic Novel ⇶ Welcome to one of Carl Van Vechten s most intriguing, ironic novels First published in , Firecrackers centers around Paul Moody, a man who finds his life utterly tedious and uneventful in New York City However, that is until he encounters the mysterious, yet exuberant, Gunnar O Grady Moody tries to uncover the mystery of his young friend, while also desperately seeking his own purpose in the world Though, little does he know that his life and the lives of those around him are about to be changed forever Humorous, poignant, and ironic, Firecrackers boldly stands as one of the most definitive portraits on the excesses and recklessness of the Jazz Age