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Abraham Lincoln, A Novel Life Paperback – February 1, 2004
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By the end of the story, I felt very attached to Lincoln, to Martha, his wife, and to Joan, his friend and lover in the 20th century. While Lincoln, his wife Mary, his cabinet, the country, are mostly living through the most trying of times, undergoing personal and public tragedies, the writing stays economical and compassionate without being weak or sentimental. Lincoln looks at his trip to the future as a brief reprieve, assumes it was real (there is no, and then I woke up moment, in this story), a gift, and while it changes him, it doesn't distract him from his work, even though while in Evanston he has learned his fate. There is no flag-waving call to duty; just people who struggle with the consequences of their actions but who also have to live.
Wolk is a Shakespearean and a Lincoln scholar, and the Lincoln of this story certainly knows his Shakespeare. Quotes from Henry V in the story provide insights into Lincoln, some veiled, some that may drive you to the play to discover other Henry V passages that apply to Lincoln but do not appear in the book (especially lines where Henry is wooing Kate).Read more ›
Still, this book didn’t amount to much more than Abraham Lincoln fanfiction—boring fanfiction at that. One-dimensional love interest, unconvincing romance, “someone to remember me by” ending and all. The novel was also twice as long as it needed to be—most of the second half wasn’t at all necessary to the story. I had difficulty engaging with this story, let alone finishing it. Since Lincoln had his charming moments, I’ll grant this book two stars.
Some of the prose can be a little dry for someone not fascinated by history, but history buffs looking for a new twist on events and looking to break outside the realms of American history will happy to pick up this page-turner for a fun-filled Friday night's read.
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"Abraham Lincoln: A Novel Life" is a brilliant depiction of one of our country's most revered presidents. Read morePublished on April 20, 2010 by Chris Thomas
Abraham Lincoln: a Novel Life is a fun time travel novel in which Abraham Lincoln unintentionally goes forward in time ninety years, to 1955, and meets a woman, Joan Matcham, to... Read morePublished on November 26, 2009 by susan e. wiget
I really enjoyed this book. This book personalized Lincoln and made the story seem very real. The plot was believable even though it was out of science fiction. Well worth my time. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by Irene Dilley
Thrust ninety years into the future, what would Abraham Lincoln think of the United States of America? Read morePublished on June 10, 2008 by Midwest Book Review