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Answer as a Man (1980)

by Taylor Caldwell

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All his life, Jason Garrity has had to battle intolerance and injustice in his quest for power, money, and love. His new hotel will give him financial security, the means to support a loving family and become an upstanding citizen. When family secrets and financial greed combine to destroy his dreams, his rigid moral convictions are suddenly brought into question.… (more)
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I found this book at the "Friends of the Library" book sale. "Answer As A Man", is the first book by Taylor Caldwell that I have read. The storyline follows the life of Jason Garrity, his family, business partners, and acquaintances. The timeline is the first decade of the twentieth century in the United States. Overall, the novel was pretty good. I enjoyed the history that was interwoven into this fictional novel. The Irish characters and plot were strong and believable. The plot had a lot of twists and turns (some predictable, some not) that kept the novel interesting. The reason for the 4-star versus 5-star rating, is the fact that I felt the novel dragged on at times. ( )
  AndreaHelena | Jan 15, 2024 |
I used to love Taylor Caldwell & now I'm trying to decide if I've outgrown her or, if she was ill when she wrote this book, as it was her last novel. I was very disappointed in the poorly developed ending, but then I wondered if she was having problems. I also found that her characters were not as well developed as usual. Usually when I would read her books I could imagine the characters moving through the story. This time I couldn't. ( )
  mjperry | Mar 30, 2013 |
Basically a good story, but too many of the characters are not believable. Except for Nick, the children are miniature adults. ( )
  sharonmoe | Jul 26, 2012 |
One of Caldwell's better novels, Answer As A Man touches on most of her recurring themes - the conspiracy behind governments to incite wars for profit and to install taxation to create a form of slavery. She also continues to stress than man can be evil and God cruel.

This is the story of an Irish innocent, Jason Garrity, who rises from the slums of a suburb in Pennsylvania to become a wealthy landlord and hotelier. For too long he is unable to see the evil around him, and is taken advantage of by his wife, his siblings, his best friend . . .

A good read, and as always, Caldwell makes one think. Whether you agree with her or not, she presents compelling arguements. ( )
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For my beloved husband, William Robert Prestie, who always "answers as a man."
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Jason Aloysius Garrity was awakened rudely, as usual, but the clamor of the 5:30 A bells of the little church almost next door: St John the Baptist Church.
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All his life, Jason Garrity has had to battle intolerance and injustice in his quest for power, money, and love. His new hotel will give him financial security, the means to support a loving family and become an upstanding citizen. When family secrets and financial greed combine to destroy his dreams, his rigid moral convictions are suddenly brought into question.

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It was a small Pennsylvania town at the turn of the century. A world of corruption and greed, where secrets were public knowledge and love was for innocents.

This was the world of Jason Garrity. A man of passion and principle. A man who had pulled himself up from the slums and now had everything he thought he wanted.

What he wanted most was beautiful Patricia Mulligan, daughter of the town's wealthiest man. Jason fantasied about her, longed for her from afar - never dreaming that this great beauty would soon be his.

For Patricia had fallen i love with Jason's best friend. And even now was bearing his child. but he loved another...

Thus it began.
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Lionel said with caution, "You act as if you've got a wonderful secret. What is it darling?" he forced himself to smile.
Patricia clapped her gloved hands together in joy, and her smile was wide. "I have, I have!"
"Tell me," he said and wanted to slap the silly fool. An awful premonition came to him. There had been that one time, just that one accident. though one time was enough to knock a woman up.
"We're going to be married!" she exclaimed, and now tears rushed into her eyes, tears of happiness. "Right away!"
He said, and even his knees felt cold with fear, "Right away?"
She wanted to say "We're going to have a baby."
But she could not. Her throat worked, but a hot shame came to her, an enormous embarrassment. Her face turned red, and seeing that, Lionel was aghast. He thought of her father, Patrick Mulligan. He was ruined, ruined, because of this idiot.. creature. He wanted to kill her!
"But your father wants you to marry Jason Garrity."
"I'll never do that," she said. "Never."
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