9780140271669

Riven Rock

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ISBN 10: 014027166X / 0-14-027166-X
ISBN 13: 9780140271669
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

T. C. Boyle's seventh novel transforms two characters straight out of history into rich mythic figures whose tortured love story is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. It is the dawn of the twentieth century when the beautiful, budding feminist Katherine Dexter falls in love with Stanley McCormick, son of a millionaire inventor. The two wed, but before the marriage is consummated, Stanley experiences a nervous breakdown and is diagnosed as a schizophrenic sex maniac. Locked up for the rest of his life at Riven Rock, the family's California mansion, Stanley is treated by a series of confident doctors determined to cure him. But his true salvation lies with Katherine who, throughout her career as a scientist and suffragette, continues a patient vigil from beyond the walls of Riven Rock, never losing hope that one day Stanley will be healed. Blending social history with some of the most deliciously dark humor ever written, Boyle employs his hallmark virtuoso prose to tell the story of America's age of innocence--and of a love affair that is as extraordinary as it is unforgettable.


Review:

"The two things Boyle has been unable to do with any sustained success is create a sympathetic, three-dimensional character and tell a story that engages feelings other than laughter, horror, superiority or contempt....With 'Riven Rock,' he has apparently decided to try, as he once put it, 'to do emotions,' rather than embrace his more antic comic talents....The results are...mixed: a long, meandering and fluently written book that has some truly affecting moments but that ultimately reduces two of its three main characters to caricatures. It is an ambitious, laudable effort that falls short of being a fully satisfying novel....By the end of 'Riven Rock,' we feel pity for Stanley and Katherine. It's a far cry, certainly, from the contempt we feel for so many of Boyle's earlier characters, but it's also a poor substitute, in the end, for sympathy, insight or understanding."

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 01/20/1998

Review:

"This is a splendid book, a noble achievement, a work of art."

Peter Kurth, Salon, 01/28/1998

 

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Book Description: Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 180 x 110 mm. Brand New Book. Geneva, 1904 - Newlyweds Katherine Dexter and Stanley McCormick stand for their picture on the grounds of Prangins, Katherine s chateau in Switzerland. She is 29, the first female graduate in the sciences of M.I.T. and a leader in the budding Women s Movement. He is the youngest son of Cyrus and Nettie McCormick, reluctant heir to a fortune built on the Reaper. Socialite and millionaire, they are the match of the year -- and they seem to have fallen in love. But Stanley isn t well. He sees things, hears voices, finds himself unable to control his violent outbursts toward women. Shortly after the marriage, he is diagnosed as a schizophrenic and sexual maniac, and his doctors - the best money can buy - lock him away at Riven Rock. He is forbidden the company of women - above all, his wife. Katherine can only watch her husband and wait, crouched outside among the begonias with her binoculars, like a field biologist studying the habits of some rare, wild animal. Yet she returns every year, laden with gifts and news of the outside world, continually hopeful: one day, she believes, one of the psychiatrists she enlists will return Stanley to her, free of demons, a yearned-for lover. In the hands of T. Coraghessan Boyle, these real characters out of American history are transformed into rich mythic creations whose tortured love and deep sense of fidelity, set against a backdrop of wealth and privilege, will break your heart. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780140271669

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