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Divine Sarah: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, July 5, 2005
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I also disliked Braver's stream-of-consciousness style, which often droned on in meaningless discourse in his attempt to give reason and motivation to his thin and poorly-conceived characters. The reader is faced with entire pages without paragraph breaks, as he describes scenes and setting in minute detail. Even the most patient reader will find his mind wandering and his eyelids becoming droopy.
This is a "hatchet job" on Bernhardt -- pure and simple -- and Braver shows no respect or insight into the woman who captivated audiences all over the world for over half a century.
I'm going to start out by saying I was disappointed with this book. I had expected DIVINE SARAH by Adam Braver to be more than what it turned out to be - a novel that didn't even come close to what the blurb on the back said it would be. Although it was interesting to read about this legendary actress, Sarah Bernhardt, and it was even more interesting to have her in the setting of early 1900's Los Angeles, the book read as if it were slightly disjointed, as if the parts that were to come together never did.
The story takes place in a week's span of time, in Southern California 1906. While Sarah Bernhardt battles her demons and wishes she were retired, news reporter Vince Baker is upset about the quality of news writing and what he is expected to put out. Then we have Abbott Kinney, a successful land developer who became the founder of the city of Venice, California, who is a strong character in this book, and actually helps make the book worth reading.
But over all, the book fails to be what it should have been - it should have been a story about two people who are soul-searching, trying to figure out what their futures hold for them. I believe this was Adam Braver's vision for this novel, but it is not what I got from reading it.
He created characters that did not quite ring true on paper, and their stories should have been written so that they actually had a connection to each other, but I didn't see the connection. He might as well have been writing separate stories. I also found the character of Vince Baker weak and one-dimensional.Read more ›