Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
JEFFERSON: A NOVEL Hardcover – October 1, 1993
|New from||Used from|
"The Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife comes an enthralling new novel about Truman Capote's scandalous, headline-making, and heart-wrenching friendship with Babe Paley and New York's society "swans" of the 1950s. Learn more | See related books
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Jefferson's years as American ambassador to France are observed by and reflected from a host of historical characters, some better known than others: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, LaFayette; the painter Maria Cosway, the slave James Hemmings, Jefferson's daughter Polly, Jefferson himself. The principle burden is carried by William Short, a young Virginian who serves as the Ambassador's secretary. Short is something of a problem: a sharp but colorless observer, he is forced to carry too much of the narrative, but not allowed to develop. At the end of the book we know as much about him as we did at the beginning--that he is handsome, horny, blushes too easily and admired his employer with some degree of ambivalence. Of all the characters, the pretty, fluffy Maria Cosway is the most successful. In her brief affair with Jefferson she reveals a substance and vulnerability one does not expect. The portrayal of the title character will be revealing only to readers who know very little about him. Enigmatic to the last, he shares a lot of the attributes of this book: fascinating and brilliant, but never forthcoming, never resolved.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author uses the same approach of Gore Vidal in his novel about Burr. The major part of the novel is about Jefferson's stay in France. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Sekhar Banerjee
There are some good stories in this book but it is so disconnected and jerky that I even wondered whether I got an abridged version!Published on March 22, 2013 by SPH
Jefferson: Great defender of human rights or hypocrite? You will still be wondering after finishing this novel. Read morePublished on October 15, 2000 by L. Pond