What I liked about this book is the description of New York during the American Revolution. It was a city abandoned by its patriots and given over to those who were bent on destroying it. War descended on Manhattan. Johnny One-Eye was thought to be the son of George Washington through his involvement with a lady of the night, Gertrude Jennings. We follow Johnny's way through the Revolution and his narrow escapes from death. His undying love for Clara, a beautiful harlot of the house of Gertrude proves to be a threaten the course of the Revolution with her sexual powers.
The description of the tortures suffered by the men who fought this war was eye-opening. Disease and death were an everyday occurrence during this time period. The British prison ship, Jersey, was infamous for the thousands of Americans who died on board.
All in all, this historical novel of the Revolution was interesting in the telling of the atmosphere and circumstances of the people who were part of it.
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Release: February 2008
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Jerome Charyn (born May 13, 1937) is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”
New York Newsday hailed Charyn as “a contemporary American Balzac,” and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.”
Since the 1964 release of Charyn’s first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.
Charyn was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until he left teaching in 2009.
In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France. Noted novelist Don DeLillo called Charyn’s book on table tennis, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, "The Sun Also Rises of ping-pong."
Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.
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