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Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder | [Jack McLaughlin]

Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder

Because our homes reflect our selves - our personalities and tastes, and most significantly, our psyches - Monticello, the labor of a lifetime and possibly the most creative endeavor of an immensely creative mind, is a fitting avenue by which to approach the life of Thomas Jefferson. Such is the path taken in this biography, and unlike previous works that have centered on the political man and his public career, the portrait that emerges focuses on his domestic life.
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Because our homes reflect our selves - our personalities and tastes, and most significantly, our psyches - Monticello, the labor of a lifetime and possibly the most creative endeavor of an immensely creative mind, is a fitting avenue by which to approach the life of Thomas Jefferson. Such is the path taken in this biography, and unlike previous works that have centered on the political man and his public career, the portrait that emerges focuses on his domestic life.

This, then, is a life of Thomas Jefferson as seen through the prism of his love affair with Monticello. Close up, this is an absorbing portrait of a towering but complex figure whose energies and interests remain a source of awe and delight. At a distance, it is an engaging look at the 18th Century mind: rational, curious, systematic, but also amusing, playful, and comfort-loving.

©1988 Jack McLaughlin; (P)1990 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    reggie p PA 10-30-03
    reggie p PA 10-30-03 Member Since 2003

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    I hate to be the first to rate this less than 5 stars, but to be honest, I did not enjoy this book at all. There was way too much detail about Monticello than I needed and I didn't really learn that much more about Jefferson. The author didn't make it very interesting at all. It seemed he jumped around a lot, confusing me as to where we were on the time line or maybe I just wasn't paying attention.
    The narrator is also partly to blame. He was very unenthusiastic and read in a monotonous tone that could easily put one to sleep.
    I quit listening after 9 hours. Life's too short and I have way too many books on my wish list to spend any more time on this.
    You might enjoy it if you're a builder or an architect but if not, I'm sure you can find other more enjoyable books of Jefferson.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 04-05-12
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    The author tries to speculate on Jefferson's personality through the design of Monticello. I can't really assess fully because I couldn't stand to finish the book.

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