Daughters of the Revolution

Daughters of the Revolution

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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He begins with a bang at the center of his story. It's spring of that revolutionary year, not too far in. Meringues of snow line the sidewalks, but a freshness cuts the air. Goddard Byrd--known to his friends and enemies as "God"--has just emerged from an afternoon at the Parker House Hotel, a virile, uncircumcised male of his class, upbringing and era. His prostate gland and his praeputium have not yet been removed, and he is unburdened, just now, of Puritanism's load. He has drunk a glass of gin, then lain with Mrs. Viktor Rebozos--whom he must remember to call Aileen--and both of them are better for this exercise.In bed, she tells him he is a bear, all paws and claws. She insults him, purrs, climbs on top. She wants to know if he could be any wild animal, which would he be?
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307596611
Branch Call Number: ONLINE
Characteristics: p. ; cm.


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geezr_rdr Nov 12, 2012

This is not a difficult read but unworthy of the effort. The disjointed literary style does not reflect any insight by the author. Pass on this one.

Jul 01, 2012

This is a failed attempt in fiction. Each character is so weakly assembled that they seem threadbare and as readers you are left to imagine the details. Strange bursts of creative writing abound but as a whole does NOT tell a story or have any development of character. A disappointment to my summer reading list.

Dec 20, 2011

Was God Byrd a misogynist, a misguided community leader hanging on to tradition at all costs, a reformed and enlightened old man? Was Mei-Mei a tragic, lonely widow? Was EV a father figure-seeking anorexic? Was Carole a defiant, bisexual radical? Yes... No... Really, who cares?

The author doesn't give the reader enough opportunity to reach any sort of conclusion on the characters, or form any sort of bond or identification with them. As a result, this thin volume is... well... rather thin.

Or maybe this reader is too thick to recognize the thin nuance of the characters. If there was any.

Nov 10, 2011

Syvia Brownrigg of the NY Times Review speaks of a certain kind of story writer who delights in seeing the world at an angle, keeping the reader off balance with narrative feints and unsettling-often comical-asides. She talks about a brisk realism.

The Goode School provides the canvas background. Daughters of the Revolution - EV and Carole Faust - flank God(dard) Byrd, himself surrounded by a previous generation of women who served and serviced him. Carolyn Cooke is a cubist painter who renders different facets of the story. However, the sum of the angles doesn't add to a complete story. It is our responsibility to make sense of it. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. It is fun though!

Lexicon_ Nov 06, 2011

This is the first book ever that I have not finished, once starting to read it. I simply could not continue. Each chapter skimmed the surface of an event, seen by different characters, but in a monotonous tone with no clear point. After doing the cardinal readers' sin and skipping to the very last pages, I was still disgusted. Awful.

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