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John Burnham Schwartz

Autor/a de The Commoner

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Obres de John Burnham Schwartz

The Commoner (2008) 747 exemplars, 40 ressenyes
Reservation Road (1998) 551 exemplars, 14 ressenyes
Northwest Corner (2011) 151 exemplars, 31 ressenyes
Claire Marvel (2002) 137 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Bicycle Days (1989) 93 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
The Red Daughter: A Novel (2019) 60 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Împărăteasa (2011) 2 exemplars
Haruko hercegnő (2011) 1 exemplars
Die Geheimnisse von Tokio. (2001) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table: A Collection of Essays from the New York Times (2008) — Col·laborador — 167 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Best Food Writing 2005 (Best Food Writing) (2005) — Col·laborador — 100 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Secret Society of Demolition Writers (2005) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars


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Schwartz, John Burnham
Data de naixement
Crapanzano, Aleksandra (wife)



Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "Required some online reviews to recall, but . . . Tale of a hit-and-run that takes a man's son, and his search to find the killer. Suspenseful read."
MGADMJK | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | Sep 20, 2022 |
This novel was based upon the life of a commoner who married the Crown Prince of Japan in 1959. It was a little slow to start but once I got into it I couldn't put this book down. It was a fascinating look into the life and rituals of Japan's Imperial family and how isolating and lonely it is.
baruthcook | Hi ha 39 ressenyes més | Aug 26, 2020 |
It was slow to start for sure. There were times when I wasn't sure I would like the book, but the story was so compelling-a peek into a hidden, dramatic, and stifled world.
book_lady15 | Hi ha 39 ressenyes més | Apr 3, 2020 |
I've read Schwartz's earlier historical novel The Commoner and was eager to see what he would do with this one, based on the life of Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva, who defected to the US in 1967. He gives us two narrators, Svetlana herself and Peter Horvath, a young lawyer sent by the CIA to escort her to freedom. Interestingly, Schwartz's own father was the real-life lawyer on whom the character is based, and he had access to letters and documents that help to flesh out the story. His father (and his character) maintained a lifelong relationship with Svetlana, despite her demanding and sometimes irrational behavior. In the novel, she reminisces about her father, whose behavior towards his children was domineering and cruel, and about the son and daughter she left behind in the USSR. She struggles through a series of relationships and marriages, including one to Frank Lloyd Wright's former son-in-law, a marriage that resulted in a lengthy tenancy at Taliesin West and her only American-born child. Svetlana comes across as both a lonely woman looking for a place to belong in her new country and a selfish, headstrong, domineering woman who can't seem to break from her privileged yet tyrannical past. In any case, hers is a sad but fascinating story. Peter Horvath is the perfect foil: patient, reasonable, yet not afraid to speak his mind.

The Red Daughter is well written and well researched, and it has made me want to learn more about Svetlana and the struggles she faced as the daughter of one of history's most brutal dictators.
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Cariola | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | May 8, 2019 |



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