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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307277348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307277343
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Great Man is as unexpectedly generous as it is entertaining. . . . Wise and expansive. . . . Christensen is a witty observer of the art universe.” —The New York Times “Christensen's writing is clear-eyed, muscular, bitingly funny, and supremely caustic about the niceties of social relations, contemporary American culture, and sexual politics.” —O, The Oprah Magazine “These characters are wonderfully developed and break the stereotype of the aging female protagonist. Christensen . . . boldly has raised the bar.” —USA Today "Nimble, witty and discerning, Kate Christensen is single-handedly reinvigorating the comedy of manners with her smart and disemboweling novels of misanthropes, cultural and aesthetic divides, private angst, social ambition and appetites run amok." —Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Kate Christensen is also the author of the novels In the Drink, Jeremy Thrane, and The Epicure's Lament. Her essays and articles have appeared in various publications including Salon, Mademoiselle, The Hartford Courant, Elle, and the best-selling anthology The Bitch in the House. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

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One notable achievement of the book is how well mental states of participants of social interactions are shown.
Dmitri Priimak
The women characters, the plot, and the writing are all very interesting and compelling.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. K. Johnson VINE VOICE on October 4, 2008
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The style of this novel is very unique and hooks you from the start. I couldn't put it down. The four women who loved this (not-so) great man are so sensitively crafted by the author that you both, at once, admire them and question their devotion to such a hollow person as Oscar. The book also asks some important questions, such as what constitutes "great" art, who gets to decide, what role do women play in the art world, and how are we, as viewers, implicated in the social construction of the artistic genius.

Additionally, the inclusion of the two men writing separate biographies of the great man add tremendously to the story. The obituary and the two reviews at the end act as book ends to the story and add to its unique style. Bravo Ms. Christenson.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri Priimak on September 18, 2008
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Great idea for a book. The famous painter dies and his close lovers, admirers and daughters come in together due to the fact that at least two biographers are on the prowl. All this results in digging out well buried emotions and past deeds to light of the day. That is the basic plot, but what sets this novel apart is very direct and concise use of English. The author appears almost transparent, as she does not add un-plausible elements to enhance the prose. Personages in the book, mostly woman, seem to come to life, not in details of environment, but in their psychological exposure by the author. None appear flat and unremarkable, or one sided on good vs. bad scale and yet very different. One notable achievement of the book is how well mental states of participants of social interactions are shown. We are given a glimpse of how woman pick up non verbal cues and judge their partners. This is all done without any hint of author trying to be cute, which would have reduced it to a typical chick lit.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Hopkins on August 4, 2008
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After reading several sterling reviews and hearing about Christensen's Pen Faulkner Award, I was expecting a stronger dose of good reading. The first few chapters were engaging, offered intriguing characters and seemed headed in a promising direction. After some impressive build up, the story took a disappointing shortcut to a pretty lame denoument. Ms. Christensen's writing is vivid but her imagination for the sexuality of "older" women is uninsightful at best. What a wasted opportunity to tell a really captivating tale! She will understand this some day.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on June 22, 2008
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The Great Man is a great book with great characters and a great flow of dialogue, drama, and spicy romance--all guaranteed to give great pleasure to the reader! I was reluctant to complete this great short novel because I knew if the story ended I would no longer be able to share in the bittersweet adventures of several great women whose lives I had become intimately involved in. I just wanted to read more and more.

In The Great Man the great Ms. Christensen creates characters who remind us of elderly women and men we have known in real life who have endeared themselves to us in spite of their idiosyncrasies, or perhaps because of them! Ms. Christensen`s characters come alive through a seamless sequence of encounters with each other, as well as intriguing minor characters, all of whom, for one reason or another, are forced to focus on "The Great Man" five years after he has died. Each has his or her own view on the amount of greatness this man possessed while alive.

I was reading this book as I was touring alone in Canada, looking forward to communing with the characters each evening before going to sleep. After finishing the book I began to feel suddenly lonely in my travels, and I finally realized it was because my extraordinary companions were no longer part of my trip! They were now packed away in my luggage, only cherished memories, along with those from Quebec City and Montreal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Steele on January 7, 2009
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Fabulous read about an artist as told, after his death, from the viewpoint of four women: his wife, his lover, the lover's best friend and his sister, also an artist. The women are all in their late 60s and early 70s and they have vastly different memories and relationships with this man and with each other. When two biographers come around to interview the women it forces them to speak to each other and for a long-standing secret to be revealed. Masterful writing by Christensen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sally G. Landau on June 23, 2008
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I've always found it fascinating when people of advancing years brag that they are "going to be" the next age, not holding onto the current year designation, which, of course, is what I've done for years.....usually not until the TIME of my birth will I admit I'm a year older. After reading THE GREAT MAN, I'm rethinking this.....planning to be graceful, bold and sassy/sexy. Kate Christensen somehow has crawled inside the minds of women past 70 and "gets" them......individually, specifically and gloriously. Oh, yes, Oscar Feldman may be the central figure of this book, but we learn about him, slowly, like peeling a pungent onion, through the lives and tales of four intriguing women. And then the book ends, sadly, while I sit waiting for more. I can only pray the movie is not far away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on February 28, 2009
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I'm glad I stumbled across this book. Apparently I put it on my wish list one day, and sure enough, someone went ahead and bought it for me. Go figure!

Anyway, as the other reviews describe, this book focuses on the mostly female survivors of a New York painter whose art and life were built around dominating women. In different ways, all of these women come to terms with what the painter turned each of their lives into. So it's kind of a bittersweet book. The women are all pretty old, and don't have much time to rebuild their lives. But they get some time -- even if it's just a moment of triumph, and in the author's compassionate view, that brief moment is enough. As we meet them, they each seem to be caught in a purgatory of unresolved grief and unacknowledged resentment, a twilight that has lasted five years, but comes to an end when two callow young men start approaching them for help with separate biography projects. The interviews precipitate events and revelations that I found continually surprising. Kate Christensen writes in a deceptively easygoing style, so the novel works on your emotions unexpectedly. A fine book.
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