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Professors Kamensky and Lepore try for playful historical romance, but deliver instead a novel that is, if rich in period detail, also overwrought, predictably plotted and at times embarrassingly purple. The year is 1764 and portrait painter Stewart Jameson has been chased by debtors from his native Scotland to Boston, where he quickly opens shop and takes an apprentice, the half-starved orphan, Francis Weston, who turns out to be Fanny Easton, the disgraced daughter of one of Boston's leading citizens. Stewart does a good business with Boston's better class, which puts Stewart and Fanny in a good position to solve the murder of an abolitionist. They are joined at this task by Stewart's old friend from Edinburgh, Dr. Ignatius Alexander, a university-trained runaway slave. The mystery plays out with little surprise; rather, the narrative is driven by Alexander's hatred of slavery and by Stewart and Fanny's tawdry relationship. Unfortunately, however, both of these lines prove awkward, and while students of the era may find enough period detail to carry them through, the cheesy plot and facile characterizations are likely to turn off most readers. (Dec.)
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A tribute to—and a send-up of—18th-century melodramas, Blindspot addresses 21st-century themes while mimicking the bygone era's literary techniques: first-person, epistolary narratives; adventure-studded storylines; and sensational plot twists, including mistaken meanings, hidden identities, and unexpected revelations. At the same time, Kamensky and Lepore skillfully capture the contrasts of early American history, particularly the colonists' struggle to free themselves from British tyranny while blithely ignoring the growing African slave trade (Colonial America's "blindspot"). Most critics were charmed by this witty, irreverent novel, though a couple expressed concerns over its length and overplotting. Despite the San Diego Union-Tribune's admitted aversion to 18th-century literature, history buffs, fans of early fiction, and readers in search of a fun and clever book will thoroughly enjoy Blindspot.
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I really loved this book at the start. It caused me to chuckle regularly. I listened to the audio book and the voices/characters are well done which added to the enjoyment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Jensen
An historical fiction romp that should also be considered classic literature : well written, witty, wry and provocative. Read morePublished 15 months ago by susan dragone
The eve of the American Revolution serves as the backdrop to this novel, set in Boston and focusing on the story of a Scot transported over to the colonies, Stewart Jameson. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Crystal @ I Totally Paused!
Blindspot is an occasionally raunchy comedy of manners skewering the pretensions of upright and pious Bostonians in the age of the American Revolution. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by Stephen M. Donnelly
A guilty pleasure with a nice dose of history. The chemistry between the two protagonists was steamy, humorous, and captivating. This is a tale told with genuine wit and verve. Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Raye
Curling up with a good book and a glass of wine is one of my favorite things to do. One of the few positive things I can say about this book is that the cheesiness of the plot... Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by LCW
I listened to this while I painted and really loved the accents of the narrators. The story kept me engaged and the accents added to the story. Well worth the time.Published on June 18, 2011 by curious
Kamensky and Lepore's joint venture is a sluggish read: there's not quite enough in the narrative to sustain the reader's interest over the nearly 500 pages of the novel (trade... Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by K. N.
Summer reading, perhaps? The story is a light look at a tease between two people, one a man, the other a woman disguised as a man (you can guess the mischief that results), both... Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Sue from CA