bookshelves: autumn-2013, under-500-ratings, published-2003, paper-read, one-penny-wonder, tbr-busting-2013, dodgy-narrator, iceland, period-piece, north-americas, conflagration, betrayal
Read from November 05 to 07, 2013
Walking into the Night
Opening: The cypress rested in its shadow.
How lovely, this is a softback with a dust cover.
Description from the back cover: 'Olafsson's novel - a gem and small masterpiece - tells the life story of William Randolph Hearst's fictional butler - deftly and grippingly.' Kirkus Reviews
This is somewhat of a biography of W R Hearst, a person who I didn't know much about, at all, so I have been surfing around to check up on details.
There is a clever work-around about the War with Spain issue: wiki states: through his newspapers and magazines, he exercised enormous political influence, and was sometimes blamed for pushing public opinion with his yellow journalism type of reporting in the United States into a war with Spain in 1898.
This book version has Mr Hearst blasting off about one of his reporters who is employed to snoop out society gossip, using his column space to encourage war.
First person narrative rarely works for me, especially so in this case. There is the internal running dialogue, some of it trying out how best to word feelings and rememberances into letters that may never be sent.
AT THE END: After the initial distaste, I warmed considerably to this novel as it unfolded, and because of reading up on additional avenues, found I learnt a lot. Never heard of Marion Davies before:
TBR The Journey Home
3* Walking into the Night