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Riven Rock
Riven Rock
Author: T. C. Boyle
In Riven Rock, his most fully realized and compassionate novel to date, T.C. Boyle transforms two characters straight out of history into rich mythic creations whose tortured love and epic story is intimate enough to break our hearts. These unforgettable characters invite the reader's care as never before in a Boyle novel. With the scope of E.L...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780670878819
ISBN-10: 0670878812
Publication Date: 2/1/1998
Pages: 466
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Viking Pr
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
TC Boyle can always be counted upon for touching but weird characters and this story -- a fictionalized account of the life of mechanical reaper heir (and incurably psychotic) Stanley McCormick -- is no exception. McCormick developed violent sexual obsessions and delusions as a young man and spent much of his life confined to his estate, cared for by a series of early psychiatrists and group of devoted male attendants. McCormick's bride, Katherine, remained faithful to her husband and involved in his care throughout their lives, despite years of forced separation and McCormick's failure to consummate the relationship. It's difficult to say whether this is a tragedy or a story of heroic fidelity. In either case, it's a fantastic book.
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Great author, if sometimes a little strange. Worth reading!
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