His employer inexplicably invites him on a mysterious carriage ride which ends in Burr’s wedding to a notorious rich widow. It's mesmerizing how Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Adams, Washington -- all those reverentially referred to as "our founding fathers" -- fought like hell, and disliked each other.

Benedict Arnold has noithing to worry about. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. With the popularity of Hamilton at present it seems appropriate to consider other points of view. Was the ugly moral compromise worth it? Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. I first read Burr in 1984 as a gap-year student travelling around China, when I swapped for it with a fellow backpacker. Vidal leaves it up to the reader to decide. Seems they were just like our current crop of politicians, lying to get what they want, and looking out for #1. I had no idea who the book was about but was willing to try anything. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Aaron Burr, along with Benedict Arnold, were America's original bad boys. The country could have easily broken apart at several times and in different configurations before the Civil War. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. I highly recommend it. Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2016. According to him, Washington was a dull man who never won a battle, Hamilton and Adams were monarchists, and Jefferson was the devil incarnate who did his best to enshrine slavery and states’ rights (the supremacy of a state to nullify any federal law and ultimately secede if they chose) into the federal system. Schuyler just has to come up with some “proof” which, in those times before DNA testing, was pretty thin. He ended up sounding like a stuck record. But Vidal wove all that together into an exciting tale told by the perfect narrator and ending with the perfect conclusion. What I remembered of Aaron Burr before reading this novel: he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, fled to “the west” (of the Alleghenies), and beat a treason rap. A tiny flaw, but it annoyed me. Sign up  for my newsletter below in the footer and get Angel of the Marshes — a prequel/short story from my Theodosian Women series — in your choice of eBook formats. Vidal intersperses his colorful narrative with corrupt officials, political riots, a couple of murders and several affairs. Vidal wrote a subtle, fascinating book about a misunderstood founding father. But the editor, who is deep into New York and national politics, has an offer the penniless young man can’t refuse: a lucrative contract to write an anonymous pamphlet accusing Martin Van Buren (current vice-president and future presidential candidate) of being Aaron Burr’s illegitimate son which could hand the presidency to the likely contender Henry Clay. Vidal caused me to fall in love with the history of my country, and I can't wait to finish the rest of the series. I've read this book three times, and getting ready to take it on vacation next week for the fourth.
are timeless because they turn our conventional ideas upside down. I felt a little uneasy reading this historical novel about Aaron Burr as I knew so little about him it was difficult to know what was fact and what was “novel”. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. first published in 1860. However, masters sometimes weave an error into the fabric of their creations, so the gods don’t get jealous of perfection. Apart from anything, Vidal made politics sound like fun.

Jun 25, 2018 | Books, Fiction, Reviews | 0 comments. Hamilton made one skeptical about Jefferson and Madison and Burr; Vidal's 'Burr' raises skepticism about almost everyone involved with that interesting time in history. 'Burr' is the lead novel in Gore Vidal's seven-book series on U.S. history. $8.85. Angel of the Marshes is a prequel/short story from my Theodosian Women series featuring the origin story of one of my favorite characters from my novel Twilight Empress. The afterward spelled that out. He ended up as Jefferson's Vice-President and, four years later, while still in office, he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, which killed his own political career. Chronologically, this is the first in Gore Vidal's epic series spanning American history though two centuries. Prior to reading this novel, I wouldn't have believed that I could enjoy a work of fiction containing a long list of dates, facts, political explanations about the founders' differences and motives, and a list of characters broad enough to capture even the most mundane participants in America's earliest days. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2017. I like Vidal’s writing style, his voice.
So does being serious about power and the ways it can be abused. Your email address will not be published. Learn how your comment data is processed. Along the way, Burr decides to give Schuyler his notes for his own biography, setting up parallel stories: the end of Burr’s life as seen through the eyes of Charles Schuyler, and Burr’s youth and political career in Burr’s/Vidal’s own words. Vidal’s was an annoying tendency to describe Burr’s desk as “baize-covered” in every single scene in which it is mentioned (which were MANY).

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