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Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise

Twain Stanley Enter Paradise TWAIN STANLEY ENTER PARADISE by Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos is a luminous work of fiction inspired by the real life year friendship between two towering figures of the late nine

  • Title: Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise
  • Author: Oscar Hijuelos
  • ISBN: 9781455561490
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • TWAIN STANLEY ENTER PARADISE, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos, is a luminous work of fiction inspired by the real life, 37 year friendship between two towering figures of the late nineteenth century, famed writer and humorist Mark Twain and legendary explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley Hijuelos was fascinated by the Twain Stanley connection and eventuaTWAIN STANLEY ENTER PARADISE, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos, is a luminous work of fiction inspired by the real life, 37 year friendship between two towering figures of the late nineteenth century, famed writer and humorist Mark Twain and legendary explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley Hijuelos was fascinated by the Twain Stanley connection and eventually began researching and writing a novel that used the scant historical record of their relationship as a starting point for a detailed fictional account It was a labor of love for Hijuelos, who worked on the project for than ten years, publishing other novels along the way but always returning to Twain and Stanley indeed, he was still revising the manuscript the day before his sudden passing in 2013 The resulting novel is a richly woven tapestry of people and events that is unique among the author s works, both in theme and structure Hijuelos ingeniously blends correspondence, memoir, and third person omniscience to explore the intersection of these Victorian giants in a long vanished world From their early days as journalists in the American West, to their admiration and support of each other s writing, their mutual hatred of slavery, their social life together in the dazzling literary circles of the period, and even a mysterious journey to Cuba to search for Stanley s adoptive father, TWAIN STANLEY ENTER PARADISE superbly channels two vibrant but very different figures It is also a study of Twain s complex bond with Mrs Stanley, the bohemian portrait artist Dorothy Tennant, who introduces Twain and his wife to the world of s ances and mediums after the tragic death of their daughter A compelling and deeply felt historical fantasia that utilizes the full range of Hijuelos gifts, TWAIN STANLEY ENTER PARADISE stands as an unforgettable coda to a brilliant writing career.

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    1. In this imagined account of the very real friendship between Mark Twain and explorer Henry Stanley, Oscar Hijuelos has captured Mark Twain down to the last satirical barb. (Though I knew little of Stanley before reading this book - beyond the obvious accounts of his fabled career - as a self-acknowledged "Twainiac" I know a lot about Mark Twain.) This is a magical story with one of the most unique narrative structures I’ve ever experienced; it will leave readers wishing that Hijuelos could wri [...]

    2. This book is for the true historical-fiction nerd, of which I am one. I loved Hijuelos' imagination that came up with supposed letters and journal entries, and the narrative that painted a picture of the friendship between Twain and Stanley and Stanley's wife, Dorothy Tennant.However, some of the chapters required resolve and fortitude to get through. They seemed to meander and go on and on.I am proud to report that I stuck with those chapters, which numbered far less than the chapters that genu [...]

    3. Hijuelos had one marvelous book in him, Mambo Kings; after that book everything he wrote was either overlong or overwritten. This one is no exception. The problem with Paradise is actually twofold: tedium and lack of a dramatic arc. After the first 100 pages or so, Stanley's early adulthood story -- told in the I went-there-then-I-went-there fashion, sags and the parts in which he grows up, travels the world and becomes an explorer never comes alive. What's truly unconscionable for me is that Tw [...]

    4. This is certainly going to be one of the best books that I have read in 2016, and I am able to recognize that right off the bat. To begin, I am a scholar on Twain and his work, and I try to read and experience as much as I can as it is released (as much as I can keep up with, anyway). This was only the second Hijuelos book I have read, the first being Mambo Kings when I was in high school. This final book was something that Hijuelos worked on for ten years, and it is purported that he was editin [...]

    5. A novel about the friendship between Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley (he of the famous – or infamous – line "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"). There's not much of a plot; this is rather a meandering collection of moments across the two men's lives, with a much greater focus on Stanley than Twain. Stanley's wife, Dorothy Tennant, a wealthy painter, is also a prominent character – probably moreso than Twain, which is unfortunate because of all the historical and fictional figures in this bo [...]

    6. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but I was pleasantly surprised and very enraptured by the storytelling and style. While it sounds like, and reads in some places like, a biography of Twain and Stanley it is 100% fiction--Hijuelos made up not just dialogue, but the journal entries, letters, etc. I was a bit disappointed with the fact that there wasn't any "works cited"--did Hijuelos base his style off of letters actually written by Twain, Stanley, and Dolly, or did he completely make it up [...]

    7. "Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise" is a 12 year labor of love and the last book written by the late Oscar Hijeulos. Mr. Hijuelos was apparently obsessed with both Samuel Clemens and the explorer Henry Morton Stanley who, apparently, were long-time friends though neither wrote much about the other. This book is Mr. Hijuelos' fantasy of what that friendship may have entailed, written as a (entirely fictional)collection of letters, journal entries, speech excerpts, etc. A third person, Stanley's [...]

    8. XXX I was not aware that we had lost this wonderful author. He will be greatly missed.Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise is a fictionalized history of the relationship between these two wonderful authors over their lifetimes, from their early journalism careers in the American West through their successes and into old age. Much of the story is told in letters between Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Henry Morton Stanley, including letters to and from Dorothy Tennant, wife of Sir Henry Stanley and a [...]

    9. First it is a tribute to the Author's wife who published her husband's manuscript 2 years after his death. A fiction work of a supposed lifetime friendship between two noted subjects the author was obsessed with. Samuel Clemens working the Mississippi as a Pilot and Henry Stanley in the trade business up the river could have met. History does not record they did. The accounts of the two lives are historically correct, but as we know, "Never the Twain shall meet" (Pun intended) Enter Dorothy Tenn [...]

    10. I feel as if I really accomplished a lot by reading this book. Hijuelos has written a fictional account of Mark Twain's and Henry Morton Stanley's long-time friendship, but with all the research he did and the letters and diaries he created for this work (which evidently took him 12 years to complete), it feels like non-fiction. In a good way.I learned a lot about Twain and his early life, his marriage, his anti-imperialist leanings, and more. Henry Morton Stanley was only a name to me (the "Dr. [...]

    11. I probably would give this 3.5 stars if I could. I was conflicted by it being a fictional story of Twain and Stanley's friendship and I guess it bothered me a good bit that I had no idea what was factual and what was fantasy. I liked Twain and Stanley (as portrayed) quite a lot and I guess this makes me want to read more about each of them. My impression of Stanley from books about the Congo is not too favorable but I think this fictional account does a good job of showing a possible other side [...]

    12. I didn't want to finish this book! I love getting lost in a historical fiction and allowing my imagination to wander along with the story. This was the first book that I have read by Oscar Hijuelos and the touching afterword written by his wife added another subtle dimension to the crafting of this story. It must have been no small feat to construct complex and three dimensional characters from well-known historical figures but Twain and Stanley were thoroughly interesting. I would have added an [...]

    13. This was my first novel by Oscar Hijuelos and from what I understand, I should probably read some of his earlier work. As this book was published posthumously, it might not be what he fully intended to publish. Nevertheless, it was brilliant in its own messy way. I'm just familiar enough with Twain's personal story to get many of the references - I almost didn't want to know what was real and what was fictitious.Thanks to Netgalley for the arc to review.

    14. Very disappointed in the overall narrative of the book even though it tried so hard to be well-researched and based on historical non-fiction primary sources. Cumbersome stylistically with switching back and forth between principal characters. Wanted so much to learn more about Mark Twain, but this book really didn't feature him as much as I expected; instead, we see the "pedantic" strutting of a imperialist Stanley trying to overcome his emotional scars and insecurities most of his life.

    15. I was excited when this book was assigned for book club. Mark Twain is such an interesting man and I was looking forward to learning more about Henry Stanley's exploration of Africa. Unfortunately the book is rather dry and boring. Nothing about Stanley in Africa and Twain's side of the story has not been told.

    16. I love Samuel Clemens even more after reading this book about him and his friend Henry Stanley, the British explorer who found Dr. Livingstone in the African jungle. Stanley was a dying breed, one of the last of the colonialists. Interesting insights into 19th century Britain's intellectual landscape, and Stanley's wife, the artist Dorothy Tennant, is a breath of fresh air,

    17. Two interesting men who became good friends even though they had some fundamental different views; e.g. one was religious, the other not. Have to go back and read foreword because there were many letters in the book and I'm not sure if they were actual or fiction. Enjoyed it and well written.

    18. Best for people with a strong interest in Henry Stanley. The book feels overly long and the fictional but documentary approach is dry and rarely comes to life.

    19. NOTE: I received this book free through the First Reads program. This is a difficult book to review in large part because it was published posthumously; who knows how Hijuelos would have constructed the final product had he lived to shepherd it to completion. Given that Hijuelos devoted over 12 years of his life to this project—an effort still clear even in this disjointed work—it is highly probable that he would have sacrificed even more time in pursuit of a more perfect novel. That said, [...]

    20. this was an interesting reading experience. i'm not sure i really loved it, but i found it fascinating at moments, and was lulled along on the meandering paths the story took. i appreciated the different forms of storytelling hijuelos used in this novel. but, i did find myself wondering about the story's length (which is weird, because i LOVE a big, chunky novel) in the afterword, by hijuelos' widow, she notes the book was edited down from over 900 pages to its published length. i did find the s [...]

    21. I previously received this through the First Reads program, and I was just never drawn to it. In an effort to clear some shelf space, I decided to give it a go. While this is a novel, it reads more like a non-fiction book. There was a lot of 'he did this, then this, and then this' rather than a more story like description of events. If you enjoy that type of narrative, then I would recommend this to you. It was a very interesting story overall and I did enjoy it. My biggest issue is that the st [...]

    22. I loved this novel based on the lives of Samuel Clemens (Twain) and Henry Morton Stanley( the English explorer of Africa). Oscar Hijuelos created all the content, letters, speeches and conversations but they really could have happened. Twain and Stanley did have a friendship and much research was done to present this wonderful novel. It's so sad the Oscar died of a heart attack before the book was published,

    23. Tried to get into this but finally game up halfway through. This book is the imagined friendship of Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley -- it begins at a quick pace but then starts to slow down. I found it hard to return to it; just not interesting enough to read.

    24. Mark Twain and Henry Stanley met a young men before either became famous and established a lifelong friendship. This is a fictionalized version of that friendship reconstructed from letters and diaries. Extraordinary individuals. Audio version.

    25. Sad to read the last book written by this author before he passed away, but it was a good one. Though entirely fiction, it's based on a real life friendship. Spanning several decades it's a wonderful journey about life, friendships and much more.

    26. Fantastic writing. Anyone who is a Mark Twain fan should read this book, great historical fiction.Well written. One of my friends (thanks Linda B) told me one of her friends just finished this book and loved it. So happy to hear of books thru friends.

    27. It was interesting getting to know these two authors; however, I found myself getting a little bored in the middle of the book.

    28. Well written. It made me want to believe it was true. I'm not certain what to make of a reading experience like this.

    29. Wonderful. A truly obscure and serendipitous friendship and a masterful piece of storytelling. I dock a few points for points that drag, but overall, this is very special.

    30. This book felt like Stanley’s marches across Africa—steady, plodding, and punctuated with moments of descriptive magic.

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