Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 17, 2008 - Fiction - 480 pages
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"A rollicking tale."—Stacy Schiff, New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

Johnny One-Eye is bringing about the rediscovery of one of the most "singular and remarkable [careers] in American literature" (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World). In this picaresque tour de force that reanimates Revolutionary Manhattan through the story of double agent John Stocking, the bastard son of a whorehouse madam and possibly George Washington, Jerome Charyn has given us one of the most memorable historical novels in years. As Johnny seeks to unlock the mystery of his birth and grapples with his allegiances, he falls in love with Clara, a gorgeous, green-eyed octoroon, the most coveted harlot of Gertrude's house. The wild parade of characters he encounters includes Benedict Arnold, the Howe brothers, "Sir Billy" and "Black Dick," and a manipulative Alexander Hamilton.Not since John Barth's The Sotweed Factor and Gore Vidal's Burr has a novel so dramatically re-created America's historical beginnings. Reading group guide included.

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Review: Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution

User Review  - John Kelley - Goodreads

There is rarely a consensus in my book club about a selection, but nobody gave this one a thumb's up. We all wanted so much more from it. While the story was intriguing, the writing was not very good ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

I can't think of the last book I disliked so much that I actually bothered to finish. This one took me 8 or 9 months to get through because I kept putting it down and reading other books. For a while ... Read full review


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Jerome Charyn, a master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, published his first novel in 1964. The author of Johnny One-Eye, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels and nonfiction works. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, Narrative, Ellery Queen, and other magazines. He lives in New York and Paris.

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