The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life And Crimes

The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life And Crimes

by Christopher Bram
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The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life And Crimes by Christopher Bram

Christopher Bram tells the story of Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, alias Dr. August, a clairvoyant pianist who communes with ghosts, and who finds meaning in his life through a strange love triangle with a righteous ex-slave and nervous white governess. Spanning the years between the Civil War and the early 1920's, this riveting and ambitious historical novel displays the immense talents of a prodigious, highly esteemed author working at the height of his powers.

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ISBN-13: 9780061871276
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 261,540
File size: 674 KB

About the Author

Christopher Bram is the author of eight other novels, including Gods and Monsters (originally titled Father of Frankenstein), which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Bram was a 2001 Guggenheim Fellow and received the 2003 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in New York City.

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Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Notorious Dr. August by Christopher Bram Mr. Bram tells the story of Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, alias Dr. August, a clairvoyant second rate pianist who communes with ghosts. Dr. August finds meaning in his life through a strange love triangle with a righteous ex-slave, and a nervous white governess. Spanning the years between the 1860's and the early b1920's the novel displays the talents of its author working at the height of his career. You will notice upon reading "Dr. August" how quickly paced the story is. Never dwelling too much on any one moment, it is a brisk and consuming read. Yet Bram leaves nothing out, and creates a real world before, during, and after the turn of the century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a wonderfully written novel.. bram's finesse with words rivals a meal from a master chef. forget the 'real life' aspect of the title.. the work is fiction, spanning the years from the civil war to the era just before world war one. bram's characters.. and there are really only five.. breathe with a life that's unique to most novels nowadays, and to be honest, i broke down in tears when i finished the book.. i'd grown that close to several of the characters. all of them make horribly wrong decisions along the way, and the impact of those decisions are rich, fascinating and thoroughly believable. after finishing this book, i read bram's 'father of frankenstein,' and truly believe him to be one of the new millennium's finest new authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Bram novel and I must say I was very impressed. I will certainly read his past novels. The interesting characters as well as the the details of the period help to formulate a very unique historical read. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christopher Bram has done it again. What a gift to modern literature this superb writer is. This offbeat tale is mesmerizing. Though this tale is not as specific nor as sexy as 'The Father of Frankenstein', it has its own luxuriant sexuality. Bram is right up there with the great historic novelists of our day: E. L. Doctorow and Gore Vidal. I can't wait to get my hands on the next Bram opus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the begining is where the fun starts and ceases to let you free until the final sentence. Bram knows literature, music, the spirit world, and throws in a gay character or two just to spice up the story and keep the exposition hoping. This is a wonderfully written novel which draws you in with history and when you put the book down you have to think for a second and realize that it was a work of fiction. His historical references are so vivid that you sometimes question yourself if this is in fact a fictional work. All in all this was an amazing novel, one everyone should read; gay or straight, this book hits your heart and plays with your mind. Very impressive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great pleasure to read and I highly recommend it. Having read all of Mr. Bram's novels I feel confident in saying that this is his best work to date. Bram¿s skill in combining imaginative fiction with well-researched fact, (read also ¿Almost History¿), is used here to great effect. I came away feeling that I had shared a lifetime with Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, (a.k.a. Dr. August), and what a life it was. From the civil war South to Coney Island in the 1920¿s with Paris, London and Constantinople in between, the book explores themes of love, loss, family, religion and the spirit world. The history through which the story passes is so richly detailed that it becomes a character in itself, and the musical references throughout make it the closest I¿ve come to reading a novel with a soundtrack. If you¿re interested in taking a journey through a life and its times, I can¿t think of a more fascination guide than ¿the notorious¿ Dr. August.
Boysie More than 1 year ago
Christopher Bram is my favorite contemporary writer. And DR AUGUST my favorite novel. It's as good - if not better than GODS AND MONSTERS.