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
I liked the time period and Katherine's involvement in women's issues of the early 1900s.
This author is one of my favorites, but this may be my least favorite of his books.
Does Boyle always write about true stories? Well, with this one, there wasn’t anywhere to go, the love story is sad and stunted, and the ending is tragically trivial. I liked the Katherine / Stanley thread ...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
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 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
Obwohl in diesem Buch ständig von Sex die Rede ist, zumeist mit einer pathologischen Sicht, ist das Geschichte selbst leider ziemlich klimaxfrei ( *höhö* ). Ständig hab ich auf einen großen Knall gehofft, wodurch die Geschichte Fahrt aufnehmen könnte, wurde aber bis zum Ende enttäuscht. Interessanterweise macht d ...more
Riven Rock was a McCormick property built in Montecito a suburb of Santa Barbara to house their mentally ill daughter. Stanley was much involved in its design with no foreknowledge that he w ...more