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Remember Ben Clayton

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

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    This dark historical thriller focuses on death and violence more so than the making of a bronze statue

    Ben Clayton died in France during WW I. His grieving father, Texas rancher Lamar wants to honor his beloved late child so he decides to hire a sculptor to create a statue paying homage to Ben. Lamar hires New York renowned artist Gil Gilheaney.-----------

    Gil arrives at the Clayton ranch near San Antonio accompanied by his assistant his daughter Maureen. He researches the lives of father and son as he believes his masterpiece will come from understanding the Clayton family. To his surprise and joy, Gil learns the Comanche kidnapped and raised Lamar and his sister while Indians also massacred the housekeeper. At the same time Maureen feels stifled by her father as she wants to do her own projects. -------------

    This dark historical thriller focuses on death and violence more so than the making of a bronze statue; though both sides add up to a great tale. The war to end wars may be over, but the mental and physical aftermath haunt the survivors like the father whose son died and the disfigured soldier who would have preferred to have died along side of his late comrade in arms Ben. Gruesome (warning not to eat just prior to the calf scene), Stephen Harrigan argues that by our despairing need to remember our Ben Clayton, we honor our hopelessness that everyone faces a final act.---------

    Harrier Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Inspired & Inspiring

    A wonderful read. Harrigan's characters are so compelling and vulnerable; you care about each one of them. Setting the artist's desire to create, not simply for pride but in response to the gift of talent, in the context of the ravages of war and the tyranny of family secrets is masterfully rendered. Just a fine, fine novel!

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Spectacular!

    No need to recount the story, just the glorious way this tale unfolds, like a long drive across West Texas. Great writing, characters, back stories. Each primary character is flawed enough to be real and therefore worth caring about. Worth reading for anyone; for anyone from Texas, it is a must--a picture of our state and its recent history. I loved this book!

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    The writing is so beautiful that this book reaffirmed my faith in literature.

    You can hear the character's breathing they are so real. The story takes you into the Texas past, the Comanche past, and into the fox hole. It takes you into the hearts of people who have had experiences that are far distant from our own, yet they were reality for people living during those times. It's full of smiles and tears.

    I thank you Stephen Harrigan for every page.

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