1876

1876

by Gore Vidal
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1876 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
minnesotan More than 1 year ago
simply boring.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a rabid fan of Vidal's essays, I've long avoided his fiction, out of the fear that it wouldn't be as interesting as 'real' events. But '1876' is written in an absolutely clear and involving style. It makes the Ulysses S. Grant period very vivid, in a way that no essay could. There are many sly and subtle appearances by figures such as Chester A. Arthur and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) that can be appreciated by history buffs and casual readers alike. I especially enjoyed the novel's sympathetic portrayal of Sam Tilden, the narrator's (hopeful) beneficiary. As the old tagline goes, 'highly recommended.'