David Grinstead Promises Of Freedom

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Promises Of Freedom

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In the years between the Cuban missile crisis and the fall of Richard M. Nixon, America experienced a crisis that threatened to tear the nation apart. This book captures the bright hopes and searing rages of this remarkable era.

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Grinstead's second novel (after The Earth Mover ) traces the intertwined lives of five Yale and Vassar graduates during the 1960s. Some experience self-discovery; others rise to power and later sink into corruption. Grinstead, a Vietnam veteran, includes telling details about the inception of that conflict, and calls forth the significant political events of the turbulent '60s. But lackluster prose and cliched characterizations rob the novel of interest and immediacy. The protagonist, Phoebe Bishop, segues from a comfortable preppie existence to success as a journalist for the old Life . Vulnerable in love, she crosses paths with several men, including pompous Harvard grad Houston Bridles, whom she marries. Grinstead's depiction of well-to-do college graduates and their crises of conscience becomes tiresome, especially when one of Phoebe's moneyed friends becomes radicalized by the war. The ultimate cliche is the pivotal street slaying of a primary character as a metaphor for the disillusionment of the '60s generation.
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From Library Journal:

Grinstead, author of The Earth Movers ( LJ 12/15/79) here characterizes five recent college graduates during the Vietnam era, embodying them with the tensions experienced by the United States during that period. The action skips back and forth in time and takes place in many settings, from Saigon, to the White House, to college campuses, but the most compelling scenes are in Vietnam. By tackling such a broad subject, Grinstead spreads his story line a trifle thin, and the military jargon he employs is sometimes difficult to decipher. However, his portraits of the political machinations behind the conflict and the soldiers who fought hold the reader's interest. For larger fiction collections, and libraries with patron interest in Vietnam fiction.
- Barbara E. Kemp, Co lumbia Univ. Libs.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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