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Clinton, then Carter

Having finished Clinton's epic volumes I am embarking on a book by Jimmy Carter. It's historical fiction, called Hornet's Nest. Emphasis on "historical". The "fiction" part is a convenient means to an end: educating us about what our country was like prior to the revolutionary war. Carter writes fluidly, much more naturally than Clinton, but he's no novelist, at least not from what I've read so far. I find it easy to read so will keep on and will probably learn a thing or two in the process. But am unlikely to devine much about Carter himself through it - as one does, usually, when reading fiction.

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dangerouslysane
Oct. 17th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
I haven't gotten around to reading the Clinton autobiography yet. Not that I'm intimidated by the sheer length of it (many reviewers mentioned that, as if that was the primary criterion for assessing the value of the contents).

Perhaps I shall, eventually.

I enjoy Carter's interviews--he has a way of expressing himself that is engaging, charming, in fact. It might be interesting to get hold of a copy of Hornet's Nest.
judith
Oct. 17th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
I think both are worth checking out. Clinton's for the sheer volume of fact and the sense of history, the understanding of politics in our time - it is enormously revealing. Carter's because yes, he has a wonderful way with words.

It is interesting that our two most compassionate - probably - presidents in recent times are southern white men. And that they are both known for their intellect. Breaks a few stereotypes, that.

And yeah, as if the length of the books were just too terrible a thing! It's wonderful to have so much!
dangerouslysane
Oct. 17th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
White Southerners
That's an interesting observation. One thing I've also noticed is that I'd just as soon read a long, well-written book, rather than a shorter, poorly-written book.

Maybe the reviewers who complained about the length of the Clinton book were trying to find ways to discourage readership.

If that was all they had to work with, they must have been desperate!

*g*
judith
Oct. 17th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
Re: White Southerners
I suspect their main complaint came from having to write a review in time for a deadline. It isn't a book to scan.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 17th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: White Southerners
You are a truly kind person!
judith
Oct. 17th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
Re: White Southerners
Me, too, on the length. I love long books, when they are good. It's like having a huge wonderful feast.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 17th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: White Southerners
I notice that when I'm nearing the end of that sort of book, I start to read more slowly, because I don't want it to be over!

(Heh heh--sorta like good sex!)

*gets slapped*

OWW!
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