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ISBN13: 9780747542926
ISBN10: 0747542929
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T. C. Boyle's seventh novel transforms two characters straight out of history into rich mythic figures whose tortured love story is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. It is the dawn of the twentieth century when the beautiful, budding feminist Katherine Dexter falls in love with Stanley McCormick, son of a millionaire inventor. The two wed, but before the marriage is consummated, Stanley experiences a nervous breakdown and is diagnosed as a schizophrenic sex maniac. Locked up for the rest of his life at Riven Rock, the family's California mansion, Stanley is treated by a series of confident doctors determined to cure him. But his true salvation lies with Katherine who, throughout her career as a scientist and suffragette, continues a patient vigil from beyond the walls of Riven Rock, never losing hope that one day Stanley will be healed.

Blending social history with some of the most deliciously dark humor ever written, Boyle employs his hallmark virtuoso prose to tell the story of America's age of innocence — and of a love affair that is as extraordinary as it is unforgettable.

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Stanley McCormick falls victim to a tormenting sexual mania and schizophrenia, and is imprisoned in the mansion known as Riven Rock where, under the control of psychiatrists, he is forbidden any contact with women. His wife, Katherine Dexter, remains hopeful that her husband will one day return.

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Following on from the success of "The Tortilla Curtain", this is an historical novel set at the turn of the century. Based on a true story, this is a tragic tale encompassing love, madness and sexuality. "Irresistible... Boyle is a gifted and empathetic satirist... the finest craftsman... " Bret Easton Ellis, "Vogue".

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Lucy, December 13, 2006 (view all comments by Lucy)
Though this story is incredibly heartwrenching, Boyle gives us reason to hope for his characters; hope that they will somehow be redeemed from their afflictions or those society has inflicted upon them. Boyle's prose is both stimulating and resigned and he manages to make a book that could have fallen into the trap of weepiness into an engaging, emotional, unforgettable read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780747542926
Author:
BOYLE, T.C.
Publisher:
Libri
Location:
N
Copyright:
Edition Description:
NEW ED
Publication Date:
19990318
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Pages:
468
Dimensions:
197 x 129 in.

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Product details 468 pages Libri - English 9780747542926 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Stanley McCormick falls victim to a tormenting sexual mania and schizophrenia, and is imprisoned in the mansion known as Riven Rock where, under the control of psychiatrists, he is forbidden any contact with women. His wife, Katherine Dexter, remains hopeful that her husband will one day return.
"Synopsis" by , Following on from the success of "The Tortilla Curtain", this is an historical novel set at the turn of the century. Based on a true story, this is a tragic tale encompassing love, madness and sexuality. "Irresistible... Boyle is a gifted and empathetic satirist... the finest craftsman... " Bret Easton Ellis, "Vogue".
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