"The portrait is reasoned, judicious, straightforward and utterly convincing."THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWIn this profoundly moving work of epic proportion and intense human sympathy, Abraham Lincoln is observed by his loved ones, his rivals, and his future assassins. In this brilliantly... show more
"The portrait is reasoned, judicious, straightforward and utterly convincing."THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWIn this profoundly moving work of epic proportion and intense human sympathy, Abraham Lincoln is observed by his loved ones, his rivals, and his future assassins. In this brilliantly realized, vividly imagined work of fiction, Gore Vidal gives us a portrait of America's great president that is at once intimate and public, stark and complex, and that will become for future generations the living Lincoln, the definitive Lincoln."Richly entertaining....For the general reader the elegant explication of the issues of the day gives hearty satisfaction: history lessons with the blood still hot."THE WASHINGTON POST
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: May 12th 1984
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 657
Edition language: English
Series: Narratives of Empire (#2)
A flattering blurb on the cover from Harold Bloom and one inside from Joyce Carol Oates certainly underlines this is a serious book; it's also an engaging and entertaining one, one that portrays the personalities and political machinations during the Civil War. Lincoln isn't just a celebrated Americ...
I really like how Vidal writes. I read half of this novel before I watched the Lincoln movie (not the vampire hunter one :D) and I was really impressed by the amount of research that went into this book. As someone who knows very little American history, I definitely gained a lot more knowledge afte...
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Formally abolishing slavery in the Un...
I doubt I'm going to get back to this. It's too long and, frankly, the writing is average at best. And historicalfiction, I suppose, is not my favorite genre - though I've read very, very little of it.
This quite the impressive book. HIstorical figures are rendered as believable characters. I buy Vidal's Lincoln as a human being in a way that I can't when I am handed one of the mythological portraits of him that are so dominant. There are some major factual errors but I don't think they are par...