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This is a masterfully rendered novel that examines the dynamics of dysfunctional families, the nature of love and obsession, and the relationship among art, advertising, and commerce. At the novel's center is the failed romantic relationship between John Wheelright, a young advertising executive, and Molly Howe, a mysterious and dangerously troubled woman. The novel is at times humorous, especially in Dee's (St. Famous) portrayal of the deeply cynical world of advertising and of Malcolm Osbourne, the charismatic founder of an avant-garde ad agency called Palladio. Marvelously eccentric, scandalous, and self-absorbed, Malcolm lures John away from his girlfriend and his job at an established and successful agency. At other times, the novel is harrowing, as in Dee's depiction of Molly's childhood. Her parents despise each other, and the silence and bitterness of their marriage create in Molly a desperate loneliness and fear of intimacy. As an adult, she moves from relationship to relationship with a heartbreaking recklessness. Enthusiastically recommended for all libraries. Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
And for me, it was fantastic, one of the best things I've read in awhile.
I loved the premise of the book, the idea of creating serious art without using irony, but it really didn't feel like this book was ultimately about that.
Dee has a lot of promise, but this would not be a novel I'd recommend to start reviewing his work.
It's both an amazing love and coming-of-(middle-age) story and fun look at advertising as fine art. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Justin Racz
"Palladio" held my attention--and held it well. I wish it were a bit more compact (okay, shorter) and the end kind of drifted off for me, but the core elements of "Palladio" are... Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Mark Stevens
I love the ambition of this book. Although it's far from perfect, it's a very smart book--riding the line between reality and satire and asking a lot of smart questions along the... Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by J. Bosiljevac
I picked this up randomly, have not read Dee's other books, nor was I aware of the hype surrounding him as the 'next Great American author'. Read morePublished on June 17, 2010 by L. Erickson
It is very simple: Don't buy this book! Dee's "talent" is very well disguised indeed. He is lazy, sloppy and craftless. Read morePublished on February 17, 2003
A nice, if self-indulgent and hugely precious, read until the ending. What a waste of time! 400 pages, yuk. No more Jonathan Dee the Great American Writer for me.Published on April 30, 2002
I had high hopes for this one. While I really didn't like The Lover of History, I loved The Liberty Campaign (also about advertising) and liked St. Famous. Read morePublished on April 29, 2002 by Robert S Michaels