Wednesday, November 14, 2012

An American Original



This biography of Washington Irving caught my eye.  It came out in 2008.  Judging from this short review by Walter Russell Mead, it covers a lot of Irving's political history.  Of course, Irving is known for his great literary contributions, which could make for a fun read.

16 comments:

  1. This book will be added to my wish list ....

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  2. This book looks fascinating. I can't commit but maybe the two of you could read it?

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  3. I certainly would be game to read this book. Irving has always fascinated me, and it sounds like a good biography.

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  4. I might have to pick this up.Looks good.

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  5. I ordered the book. At 3 pounds it was hard to pass up. Also ordered the first LoA collection of Irving's work, which includes his amusing history of New York,

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13042/13042-h/13042-h.htm

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  6. I got a note from the library - the book is in transit. Hopefully will arrive on Tuesday as this is when the Bookmobile stops directly in front of the building I live in.

    Looks like an excellent choice for a group discussion.

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  7. I bumped up the start date to Dec. 15 as I still haven't received my copy.

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  8. Trip, the book appears lost in the mail. It was supposed to have arrived on the 4th, but there remains no sign of it. I won't be able to get another copy before the New Year. So, if you are still game, we can discuss it in January.

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  9. Ah - was wondering why the discussion hadn't started.

    I'll have to return the book to the library by then but I'll try to keep a few notes so I can make some additions to our exchange.

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  10. Surprise, surprise, the book turned up today. I want to wrap up The Brothers K first and then I will start in on Irving after Christmas. Can start the discussion on Jan. 1 if you like, Trip?

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    1. Oops, hadn't noticed your reply. Jan 10 is a better starting date, esp since it's the Holidays and many are likely to be busy with year end activities.

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  11. I started the book, Trip. Can't say I'm overly enthralled with Jones' writing style. It's like a history book for grade school children. Curious to hear your impressions?

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    1. I'm also not enthralled with the book. Difficult to point out just exactly how the writer fails - interesting characters in the book but the author makes them look kinda dry or uninteresting. I'm up to p 300. Would have finished it by now except there has been a lot of late season sports online & on tv.

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  12. That's my impression too. Will persevere. I think it is best to discuss Washington Irving in general and not focus too much on the biography itself.

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    1. Maybe we could take up Irving's History of New York,

      http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13042/13042-h/13042-h.htm

      volume I anyway.

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