TANKISO, March 17, 2009 (view all comments by TANKISO)
Fall of Frost,is a mouth watering fiction, which bound a reader to its mesmirising contents..its a renewed vigour...mind rejuvenating and leave reader hooked to its core value.
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VeganFriendlie165135, March 12, 2009 (view all comments by VeganFriendlie165135)
The Fall of Frost was a great biography, and the language that Brian used was almost as impressive as Frost's. The brilliant words were put in such an order that they convayed a beautiful image. I would suggest reading this book, for it is the book not read (as opposed to the trail not taken!).
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by 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.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Seattle Times,
"Hall's stream of Frost's consciousness is deep with detail and treacherous with waterfalls of sudden chronological leaps, but slowly the poet's long and eventful life emerges as a continuous whole."
by Christian Science Monitor,
"[F]or readers desiring a richly poetic treatment of Frost in all his splendid contrariety...this is a book to savor."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A rich, contemplative and rewarding exercise in the biographical novel."
The life of Robert Frost, brilliantly re-imagined by the author of the acclaimed I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company
Called "a spellbinding prose stylist"(Los Angeles Times), Brian Hall drew extraordinary praise for his novel I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, in which he captured the personal lives of Lewis and Clark. Now he turns his talents to Robert Frost, arguably America's most famous poet. Through the revelatory voice of fiction, Hall gives us an artist toughened by tragedy, whose intimacy with death gave life to his poetry-for him, the preeminent symbol of man's form-giving power. This is the exquisitely rendered portrait of one man's rages, guilt, generosity, and defiant persistence-as much a fictional masterwork as it is a meditation on greatness.
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