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eBook The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes epub
  • ISBN: 0688175694
  • Author: Christopher Bram
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (May 16, 2000)
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • ePUB size: 1111 kb
  • FB2 size 1822 kb
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The Notorious Dr August scoops us up from the very first page and runs with us hand in hand through the extraordinary . Bram weaves excellent writing with historical context and brings to life some complex, yet lovable characters.

The Notorious Dr August scoops us up from the very first page and runs with us hand in hand through the extraordinary life of a dreamer who starts as a fife player in the Civil War, becomes intimately bound to a freed slave, turns a potentially harmful sexual history into a revealing life pattern, using his musical skill to become a Spiritulaist Pianist. I would even recommend this to American studies/history/ Lit professors as a way to introduce their students to the complex web of gender, race and sexual norms of late 19th America as it transitions to the new century.

The Notorious Dr. August book. August: His Real Life And Crimes. Christopher Bram tells the story of Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, alias Dr. August, a clairvoyant pianist who communes with ghosts, and who finds meaning in his life through a strange love triangle with a righteous ex-slave and nervous white governess. Spanning the years between the Civil War and the early 1920's, this riveting and ambitious historical novel displays the immense talents of a prodigious, highly esteemed author working at the height of his powers

What distinguishes The Notorious Dr. August from other historical fiction is Bram's finesse in structuring a story that isn't sanctimonious or condescending. He allows his characters to adapt to or reform the shifting norms of society, whether they concern race, sexuality, or class, and with varying results. August, Alice, and Isaac together make an ideological spectrum

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He is in love with Isaac Kemp, an ex-slave who only sporadically returns his affections and who himself successfully woos Alice Pangborn, a rather prim white governess. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on August 7, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

Christopher Bram pulls off a tour de force in his latest novel, "The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes". As a fan of his work, I eagerly awaited his latest contribution to my literary world, and found not the least bit disappointment in this story

Christopher Bram pulls off a tour de force in his latest novel, "The Notorious Dr. As a fan of his work, I eagerly awaited his latest contribution to my literary world, and found not the least bit disappointment in this story.

Christopher Bram (born 1952) is an American author. Bram grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia (outside Norfolk), where he was a paperboy and an Eagle Scout. The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes (2000). Lives of the Circus Animals (2003). He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1974 (. in English) His nine novels range in subject matter from gay life in the 1970s to the career of a Victorian musical clairvoyant to the frantic world of theater people in contemporary New York. Exiles in America (2006). Mapping the Territory (2009).

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Spanning more than sixty years from the Civil War to the early 1920s, and moving from the battlefields of the South to New York City, through Paris, London, Constantinople, and Coney Island, The Notorious Dr. August features Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, alias Dr. August, an improvisational pianist who believes his music is sometimes inspired by the spirit world.

He is in love with Isaac Kemp, an ex-slave who only sporadically returns his affections and who himself successfully woos Alice Pangborn, a rather prim white governess. The three, locked in a strange and often painful love triangle, travel the world--until a horrible tragedy forces them all to examine the choices they have made and shakes up their relationships in ways none of them could have predicted.

Rich in historical detail and musical knowledge, The Notorious Dr. August is a brilliantly written exploration of race, class, spirituality, and sexuality -- and of what it really means to love another.

Comments: (7)
Mushicage
Bram weaves excellent writing with historical context and brings to life some complex, yet lovable characters. I would even recommend this to American studies/history/ Lit professors as a way to introduce their students to the complex web of gender, race and sexual norms of late 19th America as it transitions to the new century. Buying it as an e-book, usable on any Kindle app is also wonderful way to save your students some money while also encouraging use of a dictionary at the tip of their fingers :)
Cerana
Deftly weaves a timeline of social commentary, evolving gay sensibilities and engaging narrative so that my original eye-rolls at discovering the page count to be nearly 500 turned into quick squints as I periodically checked ahead to see how much more of this enchanting piece I could look forward to over the long weekend. The novel covers weighty issues like racism, self-discovery, homophobia, and xenophobia as well as enchanting ones like finding your muse, connecting with a soul mate, and learning to sing in the key of Life. And it turns things on their heads, often. You think you know something, but Bram slants it so you must look again, from a new angle -- the resulting impressions are profound. Perhaps what I found most endearing about the author was that he loved his characters, each and every one, no matter how flawed. Because of this, I could follow him down alleys where I might not ordinarily go. His modern, compact and muscular writing is offset by Victorian nods and half-smiles making it a blend of the best of both times. Fine job.
Aradwyn
Christopher Bram has written perhaps the most unique and adventurous novel of the new century. By his own closing page note he attributes his inspiration for this amazing novel to great writers both of history and contemporary. The Notorious Dr August scoops us up from the very first page and runs with us hand in hand through the extraordinary life of a dreamer who starts as a fife player in the Civil War, becomes intimately bound to a freed slave, turns a potentially harmful sexual history into a revealing life pattern, using his musical skill to become a Spiritulaist Pianist to wander fascinating European cities in support of an adopted family. But oh, trying to capsulize this incredibly well-spun story into a sentence is as difficult as condensing Joyce's Ullyses into a paragraph. You simply must read this magical tale of intrigue, love, commitment, spiritual journeys for yourself. Bram is a consummate storyteller and has the guts to present us with characters who are potentially unloveable and make us thrill to sail through their development and destinies. This book has it all - the complete spectrum of love, the importance of self discovery, an examination of the post Civil War dilemma of racism, and the struggle of the Victorian era coming to grips with real people instead of comfortable stereotypes. Funny, tender, tragic, moving, entertaining - A thouroughly wondrous book by an incredibly gifted writer. A MUST READ for everyone!
Prinna
Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. It's the story of Augustus Fitzwilliam, a young musician who communicates with the spirit world through his piano. The book begins during the Civil War and spans over sixty years and several cities including Venice, Constantinople, Paris, and finally New York. At the heart of the story is his relationship with an ex-slave, Issac Kemp, and an uptight governess, Alice Pangborn. The book debates the ideas of race, religion, and love with timeless acuracy. So many of the arguments and viewpoints the characters have are so many of the same ones people are having today including the right to choose who you love, the difficulties in interracial relationships, sexual & racial prejudice, and religion vs spiritualism. The grand scope of the book, it's homoeroticism, and honest portrayal of race relations, reminded me so much of novelist Anne Rice's brilliant earlier works "Cry To Heaven" and "The Feast of All Saints". Reading this, it was easy to believe that it was a fascinating work of non-fiction and not something that sprang from the mind of one of the most imaginative writers in literature today. I highly recommend it!
Ziena
What a strange tale of this mans life with his best friend and his wife through an exciting time in history
Andromathris
A brilliant story line set in the post Civil War era. Deals with racism and homophobia of the time, as well as comlex feelings. Very clever style as the main character is dictating this to his another person.
Ericaz
Bram has once again entranced me. No writer today that I've encountered can better blend history, eroticism, and challenging, yet heartful characters together with fascinating, page-turning plots. I literally could not put it down. The climax was as shattering and beautiful as that of "Father of Frankenstein" (the basis of the film, "God and Monsters"). Bravo.
As a devoted fan of the author, I was late to read this epic and evocative tale. Yes, our narrator is troubled, and at times makes bad decisions. But the settings, from the post-Civil War South to New York, Constantinople, European cities, and once again New York, with Coney Island in all its early theatrical magic, brought history alive through the up-and-down career and experiences of a clairvoyant pianist, who sometimes fakes his connection to the spirit world.

Shifting from realistic historical settings to dream-state imagery, Bram's story spans a lifetime, from his early love for freed slave Isaac, to a manipulative boy, and into his later years with Isaac's wife and children. All along, he's trailed by a conniving 'journalist,' and endures the whims of audiences, from upper crust urbanites to sideshow hecklers.

The added focused perspective of his telling the tale through a character in the story offers a personal point of view.
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