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
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.
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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