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Scandalmonger by William Safire
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Mar 06, 14

Read on July 02, 2011

Dear god, this was tedious. While I appreciate the amount of research that went into writing Scandalmonger, and the critical acclaim of the author's NY Times articles, I found the characterization of the people themselves very wooden (and yes, I know that they're all prominent historical figures--that just makes it more sad) and the writing style extremely clunky. There would be entire passages that read like this:

Obscure Historical figure #1 scratched at the tie that he won in the 1798 Pie Eating Contest, and said, in a baritone voice that betrayed his brief stint in the All Boys' Chorus in his youth, "Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah."

Obscure Historical figure #2 shook his head in blatant denial. "Blah blah blah," for he had been a politician before becoming a lawyer, "Blah blah blah blah!!"
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message 1: by Jim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jim I disagree with your evaluation but that is a very funny and true observation about Safire's style.

Nenia Campbell Heh. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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