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Twain's End de Lynn Cullen
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Twain's End (edició 2016)

de Lynn Cullen (Autor)

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"In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel "a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction." Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. Isabel Lyon has gone down in history as the villainess who swindled Twain in his final decade. She never rebutted Twain's claims, never spoke badly of the man she called "The King," and kept her silence until she died in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment in 1958. So how did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain's life to a woman he was determined to destroy? In Twain's End, Lynn Cullen reimagines the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft, as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, and Anne's husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain's Connecticut home in 1909. Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully-kept veneers shatter. Based on Isabel Lyon's extant diary, Twain's writings and letters, and events in Twain's boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, Twain's End explores this real-life tale of doomed love"--… (més)
Membre:ithomson
Títol:Twain's End
Autors:Lynn Cullen (Autor)
Informació:Gallery Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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Twain's End de Lynn Cullen

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    The Swans of Fifth Avenue de Melanie Benjamin (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Both novels depict the less flattering aspects famous American authors' private lives.
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    Mrs Engels de Gavin McCrea (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Fictionalized stories of the women behind famous men.
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  snakes6 | Aug 25, 2020 |
TWAIN'S END starts off as an entrancing tale with finely developed dialogue involving challenging alliances
revolving around Mark Twain's quick silver moods and horrible temper tantrums.

Unfortunately, it becomes repetitive, boring and predictable with his secretary Isabel's painfully stupid obedience to him and his daughter,

Sure wish this book had been more fiction than fact - what jerks Clemens and his Clara turned out to be! ( )
  m.belljackson | Jun 3, 2020 |
My review of Twain's End is now up on Fresh Fiction!

"Reading this book opened my eyes to the man behind the pseudonym Mark Twain"

Read the whole review here! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
This novel, a historical fiction account of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens and his relationship with his secretary Isabel Lyon, could have been so much better than it was. The writing is solid for the most part. However, I was distracted by a few editorial/proofreading misses (including mentioning Philip Keyes as the son of the man who wrote the Star Spangled Banner -- that should have been Philip Key) and at least one continuity error (Ossip Gabrilowitsch going upstairs with a hot water bottle for an earache, then returning downstairs a couple hours later with an ice bag on his ear). The copy I read from was the paperback edition, in which I would think those errors would have been corrected.

I found that this novel portrayed nearly every character as being unlikable, especially Clemens' daughter Clara. She was obviously a strong-willed person, who chafed under her father's larger-than-life personality, but in this novel she was also much too irritated by Helen Keller's characteristics -- wincing at her voice or observing that Helen Keller was vacant-eyed or sniffing the air like a rabbit. As a deaf person myself, I found this attitude offensive (and unsure whether it was even necessary for this novel) even though I know there are people in real life who have Clara's attitude.

As for why Helen Keller was in this novel, she was indeed a friend of Clemens. She is shown at the beginning and end of this book involved in a love-triangle with Annie Sullivan Macy and her husband, which may have been intended to mirror the alleged love triangle between Clemens, his secretary Isabel, and Clemens' wife.

I think I would have preferred to read a non-fiction account of Clemens' and Lyon's relationship over this novel. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Apr 26, 2017 |
I love Cullen's work! I gravitate towards books that take historical figures and facts and turn them into novel form and this title was excellent. I spent a lot of time googling images, videos and websites pertaining to the people in between the pages to learn more about them. Fascinating to get a new perspective on an icon like Twain.

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  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
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"In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel "a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction." Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. Isabel Lyon has gone down in history as the villainess who swindled Twain in his final decade. She never rebutted Twain's claims, never spoke badly of the man she called "The King," and kept her silence until she died in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment in 1958. So how did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain's life to a woman he was determined to destroy? In Twain's End, Lynn Cullen reimagines the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft, as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, and Anne's husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain's Connecticut home in 1909. Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully-kept veneers shatter. Based on Isabel Lyon's extant diary, Twain's writings and letters, and events in Twain's boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, Twain's End explores this real-life tale of doomed love"--

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