- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult (March 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067001866X
- ISBN-13: 978-0670018666
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,276,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
This defiantly nonlinear fictionalization of the life of poet Robert Frost (1874–1963) alternates between Frost's late-life visit to Communist Russia, where he met with Khrushchev, and dozens of vignettes and scenes from the rest of his long life, as well as his work's posthumous reception. Hall (I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company) takes readers from Frost's troubled childhood in San Francisco to his creative flowering in Great Britain at the onset of WWI, to the fraught relationship between Frost-as-widower and his married secretary. The narrative returns again and again to the cold winters in New England farm country that permeated his poetry and his 20s and 30s, but the book's real weight comes from the tragedy of Frost's children's deaths: four of six preceded their father. The deep sorrow and disappointment embedded in Frost's story come through particularly in the included fragments of verse. None of what's here enlarges on the extraordinary amount of biographical material on Frost, but Hall gets deep into Frost's head, an approach that brings a startling immediacy to a complex figure many know only as the author of classics like The Road Not Taken. (Mar.)
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This is an ambitious and unusual project, a novel that limits itself to documented moments of Robert Frost’s life, including actual dialogue and excerpts from poems and letters. Unconcerned with linear progression and invested in all of Frost’s life, from childhood to old age, Hall slices the poet’s experiences into more than 100 small chapters of varying points of view. The cumulative effect is impressionistic, if dizzying, and some stories burn brighter. Frost’s friendship with an aspiring poet is rendered with surprising depth and tenderness, but Frost’s relationship with his five children proves too complex for the novel’s structure, which never lingers long on any individual. Frost’s unlikely meeting with Khrushchev receives the most attention, though it is Frost’s famously intimate understanding of nature that Hall conveys most lucidly: “You were looking west, and the sun was always going down, and each range was mistier, vaguer than the one in front of it. It looked as if the ranges, one by one, were going to sleep, turning to dream.” --Kevin Clouther
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I thought this book may be another pretentious attempt to give a long-deceased historical figure a new life and somehow I thought it would fall flat. Thankfully, this author was very adept at giving his characters dimension. Instead of sitting and wondering where this guy got his information or if he did any research on his chosen subject, I passed the hours in sheer amazement of how much this author appeared to understand about the craft of writing. This book is delightful and I will certainly read it again in the future. Highly recommended.
My own reading of the novel is very positive. Anyone who has read far enough in the reviews to reach mine, already knows that the book has 128 chapters that range back and forth in place and time. Written mostly in third person, there are a few passages in second person, addressed from Hall to Frost. These are unusual techniques but I believed they worked. At least they worked for me.
Hall's exposition of Frost's life follows many threads at once - his naive politics, his ineffectual farming, his awkward career of sinecures in academia, his frustrating family life, and through all of these threads, his poetry. Each thread is introduced in early chapters and developed in middle and later ones. We come to understand them not by seeing his life as a sequence of phases, but as a whole composed of antecedents and consequents, each one shedding light on the earlier as well as the later parts of his life.
Frost is presented as a garrulous, difficult man. He cares deeply about his family but doesn't know how to give anything of himself to them. Very serious about his work as a poet, he feels alternately pleased with himself and incredulous that anyone would be pleased with him. He is more than slightly out of joint with the reality around him. He needs to cast his experience into words, not so much in order to understand the world, which he never seems to do very well, but to understand his own feelings.
I don't know anything about Robert Frost. I'm not able to judge whether Hall's view of the man is accurate. But whether it is or is not, it nevertheless gives us deeper and more complex avenues into his poetry. It took a bit of reading to get into this book, but the further I got, the more I liked it. Hall's appreciation of Frost seems superficially critical but, at its core, I believe it is deeply sympathetic and understanding.
If you are reading this review and have not yet read Peter Behrens' review reprinted here by Amazon from the Washington Post, or the poet's grandson's review (see Robert L Frost), I recommend them. I also liked some of the contrary reviews, for example the one by L. Hart.