Die Geschichte des Buches ist bedenklich dürr und im Prolog des Buches Welt ohne Frauen auf den ersten beiden Seiten bereits fast vollständig erzählt: Der Millionen erbe Stanley McCormick, erfolgreicher Harvard Student, groß, blond, sportlich,...more
Riven Rock is a cheerless tale of obsessions. A novelized account of the life of Robert Stanley McCormick, Youngest son of Cyrus, the reaper inventor, it details the descent of a dashing, eccentric, young aristocr ...more
And this is one of the oddest (and saddest) of love stories. The power of love (whatever that is) unites Stanley and Katherine, and a peculiar, unidentified force (call it madness, insanity, dementia praecox, schizophrenia, or the prescribed treatment of said diagnoses)keeps them apart for ...decades. The long, mostly uneventful saga moves forward in time ...more
There's a lovely counterpoint in this fiction: the story of Eddie O'Kane. O'Kane is presented as one of Stanley's carers. O Kane's problems with women are almost as gre ...more
While his wife Katheri ...more
This author is one of my favorites, but this may be my least favorite of his books.
The story is historically accurate for the time period, something I always admire about Boyle. The characters have surprising depth and are easy to sympathize with, despite being pretty terrible people, and in true Boyle style he spares no visualizations and s ...more
It's beautifully written as you'd only expect from Boyle, but I found myself troubled by several things. First, I still have no idea who the protagonist was supposed to be: Katherine, the wife who stands by her husband but flies in the face of the prescribed gender roles ...more
Stanley McCormick, one of Cyrus McCormick's sons and joint heir to the International Harvester corporation, is married to an early feminist and first female graduate of MIT, Katherine Dexter. It should be a renowned society "match", except for the fact that McCormick is schizophrenic, and manifests this ...more
The surroundings play a large part in this story, almost as important as the characters. There is an interesting parallel between the main characters who live in "paradise", yet are unable to truly enjoy their surroundings due to the conscripted lives they lead; in Stanley's case, his profound mental illness c ...more
Edward O'Kane is Boyle himself, more real and more flesh and blood than the characters he follows with his unforgivable eyes.Through his own story we learn all about Katherine, the woman ...more
The characters, so complex, sad and human, pull the reader into their motivations and spirals. You can track their highs and lows, and see them change.
The thing I love about TC Boyle, is his ability to make time pass without noticing it. As I think back to early parts of this book (I finished it moments ago), I'm amazed at how much time was s ...more
TC Boyle does the same here as he did in Road to Wellville - which is to take an amazing time in history, amazin ...more
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"This extraordinary love story, based on historical characters and written with Boyle's customary brilliance and wit, follows the lives of two scarred creatures living in a magical age. It is the turn of the century. Stanley McCormick, the twenty-nine-year-old heir to the great Reaper fortune, meets and marries Katherine Dexter, a woman of 'power, beauty, wealth and prest ...more
The real Katherine McCormick funded early birth control research.