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Patrice

Palm Harbor, FL, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Amalgamation Polka

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen Wright
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Rich in characters both heartbreaking and bloodcurdling, comic and horrific, The Amalgamation Polka is shot through with politics and dreams, and it captures great swaths of the American experience, from village to metropolis to plantation, from the Erie Canal to the Bahamas, from Bloody Kansas to the fulfillment of the killing fields. Yet for all the brutality and tragedy, this novel is exuberant in the telling and its wide compassion.

    Patrice says: "Surprising, Shocking, and Thoughtful"
    "Surprising, Shocking, and Thoughtful"
    Overall

    I do not understand why this book has a rating of only 3 stars (at this time). It has so much research and historicity behind it, and its character studies are vivid and lifelike.

    Not only is there humor at certain points, there is also shock value galore. Not only is hatred portrayed in all its ugliness, but also love is portrayed.

    I have not spent a long time thinking about it, but I have a feeling that Liberty, the main character, also forms a metaphor for America during the Civil War. I would be glad to write a term paper on that topic.

    It does have some similar themes to Doctorow's recent book on the Civil War, but there is so much more "meat" here that this book stands on its own.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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