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The Clinton Diaries Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Still, when I saw the title of this new novel--a work of fiction, parody and satire, I was curious. Are you? Let me first tell you that the entire book is not in diary format. There are periods of dialogue and action of the events, combined with much internal dialogue that was imagined by the author. Other than the short, initial dialogue between Lewinsky and Clinton, which to me was somewhat stilted with the overuse of "nice," I found Petrovsky's novel to be totally believable as "the real story." The novel is fiction--some might even say alternative historical fiction--and includes actual happenings as well as narrative in support of events.
Having read a number of books on sexual addiction during my years of reviewing books, I think Petrovsky has written an excellent representation of the agony that is felt by those who attempt to deal with internal struggles that many individuals face (no matter what addiction is involved). At the same time, the role and the rationale for Lewinsky is not so well defined. Readers discover that she had earlier been involved in a similar relationship and that she appears to have been the aggressive participant with Clinton. Was her thirst for Clinton just the thirst for those who frantically seek to be tied to power? You decide.Read more ›
Still, as the novel moves along, Petrovsky manages to keep the voice of Clinton consistent, to where you feel like it's him, and he is actually sharing the intimate details of his darkest secrets. And though very little of it might be true, with the scattering of historical facts and settings intersperesed throughout the novel, the story moves along nicely, becoming believable while shedding light on what goes on in a horny President's life.
By the end, I actually started to feel sorry for Mr. Clinton. After all, it was his hero and predecessor, President Kennedy, who had his way with the babes in almost every room, and on top of every artifact, in the White House. Back in the 60's, a powerful man expected and reaped rewards for his political victories. Staff members and reporters turned a blind eye.
In Mr. Clinton's case, with an ever more vigilant paparazzi, and too many political enemies to count, he was forced into sneaky sexual encounters with a pudgy intern in the dark corners and hidden areas of White House offices. Certainly, the spoils of the office are not what they used to be.Read more ›
Frankly, before I started reading The Clinton Diaries, I was not really sure that I wanted to relive those destructively painful days. Let's face it, no one involved on either side, certainly not Clinton, Lewinski or Clinton's head-hunting opposition exactly covered themselves in glory during those months. Having carefully watched the actual process, I still carry negative impressions of just about everyone involved in it, in fact. But, of course, the ultimate blame has to be placed squarely on the shoulders of President Clinton himself, so I did not expect to come away from the book feeling the slightest bit of sympathy for the man. But, surprisingly, I did.
That happened because the Bill Clinton character of The Clinton Diaries is a vulnerable and self-aware man who admits to himself, if to no one else, his own weaknesses and the fact that his lack of control over certain of his appetites dooms him to be less than the man he could, or wants, to be.Read more ›
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I thought this was a great book that captured the essence of former President Bill Clinton and his version of the "truth" regarding the Lewinsky scandal. Read morePublished 7 months ago by HappyMomof2
It's a good story of "what might have gone on" during those tough times for Bill Clinton. I'd definitely suggest it.Published on August 12, 2013 by Will
I liked historical fiction. Some of the details could have been more "candy coated". I thought some of the language could have been used differently.Published on August 9, 2013 by Louis J. Bailey