Vidal's father, Eugene Vidal, a former All-American football player and track star, worked under U. The book focuses almost exclusively on the sixteenth American presidency itself, beginning shortly before Lincoln's 1861 inauguration and ending at his assassination four years later. Vidals portrait of the president is at once intimate and monumental, stark and complex, drawn with the wit, grace, and authority of one of the great historical novelists. In addition to this, he characterised the United States as a decaying empire from the 1980s onwards. I haven't read a historical novel yet this year and I have this new rediscovered fondness for President Lincoln. James Spader shows up as one of the men who has the job to strong arm lame duck senators into voting for the 13th Amendment. In writing historical novels, it is difficult to tell where fact ends and fiction begins.
Raised bands on spine, silk ribbon marker, and gilded page edges. Historical novels work best when they go beyond chronicling what happened to show us how people really lived. After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency. American writer Gore Vidal is known for many popular screenplays, plays and novels, as well as other literary works. When reading this book, you see Lincoln's humanity along with his faults.
What did I say of this in the book? He has gone to great lengths to explore eras ranging from the Revolution to the Second World War. She then had to do whatever she could to stave off the debtors, much of which was illegal or immoral. His homespun mannerisms and his penchant for storytelling certainly hid his steely determination. Research and analytics cookies These cookies help us understand user behavior within our services. He is portrayed as being a brilliant politician: persistent, both ruthless as well as humane, and pragmatic.
The White House was a rat-infested dump with smelly swamps and garbage all around, where people were often sick or died, and inhabited by mostly confederate sympathizers. Lincoln had a far greater and more difficult task than Washington's. It was intriguing to read of how disrespected Lincoln was, especially by people in his own cabinet. For all the attention lavished on him, Lincoln as a man remains an enigma. Please note that the tricks or techniques listed in this pdf are either fictional or claimed to work by its creator. But new reapers will arise, and they too will seek a field. In light of recent events over the past year, we certainly need to visit those racial issues again and work toward the things Mr Lincoln strove for so courageously.
The novel contains a plethora of interesting and well-portrayed characters, all of whom contribute to the suspense that is maintained throughout its more than 600 pages of tiny font. This information helps us design a better experience for all users. Brilliantly conceived, masterfully executed, Gore Vidal's Lincoln allows the man to breathe again. Small dent on top edge of back cover. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller.
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Vidal's book begins as the President-elect arrives secretly in Washington, D. I have also reviewed another Gore Vidal book from the Empire series. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp s. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. About this Item: Ballantine Books. Still, this is fiction and he says he did take some liberties.
The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Franklin Library Signed First Edition. A square solid tight clean unread copy. Faleceu a 31 de julho de 2012, aos 86 anos, na sua casa em Hollywood, vítima de pneumonia. I had always thought of Lincoln as a reluctant politician, but that was part of his brilliance concealing the ambition that made him a man who burned with desire to be reelected.
I loved his Chase murmuring hymns to himself, his slightly debauched Joh After reading Team of Rivals, I have become obsessed with all things Lincoln Administration, and I began reading Vidal's novel the day before the great literary icon passed away. That is, we are doing the same thing as Google, only within the framework of one subject. About this Item: Random House Publishing Group. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Born in 1925, Vidal rarely had any kind words for his nation, often referring to the United States as a decadent empire ruled by a militaristic dictatorship. What is going on here is a deliberate revision by Current not only of Lincoln but of himself in order to serve the saint in the 1980s as opposed to the saint at earlier times when blacks were still colored, having only just stopped being Negroes. A problem that would plague a series of union generals.