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The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce: A Love Story
     

The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce: A Love Story

by Don Swaim, S. T. Joshi (Introduction)
 
Like Carlos Fuentes's The Old Gringo, this absorbing novel...tracks Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) south of the border as the American journalist and short story writer journeys with Pancho Villa into the maelstrom of the Mexican Revolution... Fans of Bierce's writing should enjoy this semibiographical tale with a suspenseful plot as wild as some of his more

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Like Carlos Fuentes's The Old Gringo, this absorbing novel...tracks Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) south of the border as the American journalist and short story writer journeys with Pancho Villa into the maelstrom of the Mexican Revolution... Fans of Bierce's writing should enjoy this semibiographical tale with a suspenseful plot as wild as some of his more fantastical works.
-Publishers Weekly

In The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce: A Love Story, expect to be entertained - to laugh and sneer and shiver - expect to think - on life, on death, on love - and expect to feel - pain, anger, desire - but most importantly, expect to find out what happened to Ambrose Bierce when he left his home without looking back, and faded into the white dust of Mexico.
-Michael G. Kellermeyer, publisher, Oldstyle Tales Press

This novel is a fiction based on Ambrose Bierce, who mysteriously vanished in Mexico in 1913. In summary: The 71-year-old Bierce crosses into revolutionary Mexico where he encounters Pancho Villa. Not only does Bierce save Pancho's life but develops a close relationship with the bandito-supremo. Dreaming of death and reliving the past, Bierce accompanies Pancho through exhilarating war-time adventures until the two men find themselves in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1915. There, Bierce meets a handsome young widow, and discovers he still has the capability of falling in love, despite the difference in their ages.

Through flashbacks and literary digressions the reader learns about Bierce's turbulent early life and his associations with such historical figures as Mark Twain, Bret Harte, William Gladstone, Oscar Wilde, Theodore Roosevelt, P.T. Barnum, and William Randolph Hearst. The reader also sees Bierce's development as a chronicler of the horrors of the Civil War, his conversion into a cynic and misanthrope, his role as a major literary arbiter, and finally as a man who learns to love in his twilight years.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/22/2016
Like Carlos Fuentes’s The Old Gringo, this absorbing novel from Swaim (The H.L. Mencken Murder Case) tracks Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914?) south of the border as the American journalist and short story writer journeys with Pancho Villa into the maelstrom of the Mexican Revolution. Conversations with Villa send Bierce into reveries about his past—including his Civil War service, his strained relations with his family, and his work for William Randolph Heart’s newspapers. Allusions to Bierce’s classic horror and war stories abound—Bierce refers to the specter of death that haunts him as the Damned Thing—and he frequently speaks in aphorisms culled from his satirical Devil’s Dictionary (“A martyr is one who moves along the lines of least reluctance to a desired death”). Although the novel’s “romance” comes belatedly and somewhat improbably, the “assassination”—repeatedly threatened by the bemused Villa—is a joke that runs throughout. Fans of Bierce’s writing should enjoy this semibiographical tale with a suspenseful plot as wild as some of his more fantastic works. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614981541
Publisher:
Hippocampus Press
Publication date:
04/01/2016
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
747,686
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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