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The Duke Don't Dance by [Sharp, Richard]
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Length: 262 pages

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Editorial Reviews


Following the lives of several friends across decades and continents, The Duke Don't Dance is a relatively short novel that feels epic.Saying it is a brilliant self-published novel cheapens the praise. This is simply a great book.
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (Karl Wolff)

"Sharp's debut is a frame narrative of impressive scope and quality... the novel unfolds by means of colorful dialogue and pungent observations typical of Henry James...some readers may find the novel's irreverence on par with Joseph Heller's. .... sassy and bold"
"A novel too good to be ignored".
KIRKUS Reviews. Kirkus Listing: Best of 2012 Indie Books.

"Between two great generations, the seeds of change came. 'The Duke Don't Dance'' is  a novel from Richard Sharp as he presents a story of seven of the Silent Generation...Through the triumphs and failures, Richard Sharp presents an enticing read...'The Duke Don't Dance'is not to be overlooked." The Midwest Book Review

"Author Richard Sharp has a unique writing style... 'The Duke Don't Dance' is solid... a good read. There isn't a lot of 'fluff' within the story ... Sharp transitions seamlessly through the various timelines. ...a darn good read."
RebeccasReads (Charline Ratcliff)

Rating 5.0 stars. In "The Duke Don't Dance" we meet a group of seven friends and follow them from young adults through adulthood. We watch as they face the Cold War, the early drug culture, peace rallies and much more...Sharp combines humor, romance and intrigue ... [He] gave a voice to the Silent Generation.
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From the Author

"The Duke" and the author's two unpublished historical novels projected for fall 2012 release were partly inspired by Isabel Allende's works capturing eras and social mileau not extensively treated in popular literature. My novels similarly concern the passage of time, how the protagonists do and do not change over the years and the spirit of times and places gradually being lost to history. 

"The Duke," specifically, is influenced by the songs and poetry of Jim Morrison, the humor of Joseph Heller, the dramatic physicality of Bertolt Brecht and the music and popular culture of the Silent Generation. The novel seeks to give authenticity to wholly fictional characters by placing them in situations that are accurate in fine detail, so that, for example, if you were actually present at the Beach Boys 1981 concert on the National Mall you would think "my god, that episode could have happened just like that during the playing of 'Don't Worry Baby'." The hope is those little touches also can transport a reader born in, say, 1990, back to that time; not just appeal to the nostalgia of af a fading generation.

The Duke Don't Dance's protagonists are highly fallible and resolutely unprepentent, not wasting time on "what could have been," not dwelling on regrets. They are defiantly themselves, learning from the past or laughing at it, accepting its permanence, enjoying the moment and perhaps the future. I hope that is contagious to the reader.

Product details

  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KTEER4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,077,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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