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Lincoln by Gore Vidal
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Aug 18, 2007

really liked it
Read in August, 2007

Gore Vidal prefers his "inventions" to his historical novels, and I do too -- especially Myron, Myra Breckenridge, and Kalki. But I enjoy the Narratives of Empire series for the sheer villainy of the political intrigue, the characterizations, and the breadth of research that obviously underlies the series. Vidal's cynicism seems even more pronounced in Lincoln, although I'm not sure why I have this reaction. I didn't find the characterizations as compelling in Lincoln. In particular, Vidal excels with female characters, and both of the female characers here (Mary Todd Lincoln, Kate Chase) were one-dimensional and static. Still, this is an intriguing and enigmatic portrait of Lincoln's presidency, and a fun read.
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