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by Robert Coover

eBook The Public Burning epub
  • ISBN: 067058200X
  • Author: Robert Coover
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Viking Press; 1st edition (1977)
  • Pages: 534 pages
  • ePUB size: 1272 kb
  • FB2 size 1837 kb
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For justice william o. douglas, who exchanged a greeting with me while

For justice william o. douglas, who exchanged a greeting with me while. Of course, none of us had much money at the time, so we would just meet at someone’s house after skating and have food, a spaghetti dinner or something of that type, and then we would sit around and tell stories and laugh.

The Public Burning book. Case Overview Robert Meeropol (born Robert Rosenberg) 2011. Julius Rosenberg engaged in non-atomic espionage during the 1940's. The Greenglasses delivered atomic information of relatively little value to the Soviet Union without the Rosenbergs’ direct assistance.

Robert Coover has been consistently inventive and generally entertaining. At times, The Public Burning is informative, funny and innovative. Coover packs almost as much 1950s trivia into this book as Halbestram did in his non-fiction survey of that decade

Robert Coover has been consistently inventive and generally entertaining. This fantasy about the rise of Nixon and the execution of the Rosenbergs is amazing. They were great symbols for the direction American was sliding. Coover packs almost as much 1950s trivia into this book as Halbestram did in his non-fiction survey of that decade. But repetition is not always a blessing and the cartoon characterization of Uncle Sam quickly became tiresome.

Coover is one of the founders of the Electronic Literature Organization. In 1987 he was chosen as the winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story.

The Rosenbergs themselves, of course, are elated.

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The Public Burning reimagines the three fateful days in 1953 that culminated with the execution of alleged atomic spies Julius . These two novellas by the groundbreaking, fearless, and immeasurably influential Robert Coover are dirty, funny and brilliant.

The Public Burning reimagines the three fateful days in 1953 that culminated with the execution of alleged atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Vice President Richard Nixon-the voraciously ambitious bad boy of the Eisenhower regime-is the dominant narrator in an enormous cast that includes Betty Crocker, Joe McCarthy, the Marx Brothers, Walter Winchell, Uncle Sam, his adversary The Phantom, and Time magazine incarnated as the National Poet Laureate.

A controversial best-seller in 1977, The Public Burning has since emerged as one of the most influential novels of our time. The first major work of contemporary fiction ever to use living historical figures as characters, the novel reimagines the three fateful days in 1953 that culminated with the execution of alleged atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

He uses the Rosenberg spy trial as a backdrop to tell the story that recreates with mythic power the whole tone and tenor of the Cold War period, the time of the Hiss trials and Joe McCarthy, of Korea and creeping Communism.
Comments: (7)
BOND
One heck of a ride. To my memory I've read nothing as bold as this book in the satire department. It reminds me a bit of Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow for it's sheer size and the speed at which historical/ pop culture jokes and references are thrown at the reader. Some knowledge of names and the McCarthy/ Cold War 1950s American culture would help to fully understand what is going on. It's not totally necessary though as Coover writes with such energy and humor that one is caught up in the story and events despite a lack of total context.
His portrayal of Nixon is very complex and uncanny as other reviewers have noted. He really gets under Nixon's skin and brings out the full greediness and soullessness of that man but he does it in a way that still presents Nixon as a fully fleshed out human being.
I won't spoil it but the ending is pretty shocking and again I haven't read anything that bold...ever. The only other place with that kind of brash type humor would be South Park or maybe Family Guy...but The Public Burning is on a whole other level of writing so do yourself a favor and strap yourself in for one wild and totally unique ride.
Talrajas
Robert Coover has been consistently inventive and generally entertaining. This fantasy about the rise of Nixon and the execution of the Rosenbergs is amazing. They were great symbols for the direction American was sliding. If Nixon is one your heroes, get your head out of Fox World, but don't waste your time with this book. If not this book is scary and sometimes fall on the floor funny.
Thordigda
Uncle Sam rapes Richard Nixon in the epilogue. Vice President Richard Nixon, just after his helpless exercise of intervention on behalf of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, is now the reluctant chosen one. If starting at the back and reading to the front, perhaps I never get through this book. Author Robert Coover began with satire and ended with a hundred extra pages of anti-climactic character smearing. What began as an intelligent challenge of the roots of the Red Scare became an overwrought deus ex machine far after the point had been made.
J. Edgar Hoover was obsessed with his own power, still believing that any Russian villain is better than none. President Eisenhower could be closest to form, a military tool turned into smiling cow-town golf-politics. At one point, Nixon says that a man who could smile so broadly could not be but so intelligent. Nixon is an engaging narrator, but not the one I could have envisioned. Coover creates from whole cloth a personable, vulnerable, doubtful boy from Whittier and Duke who alternates between charming, rarely, reflections on humble California beginnings and embarrassing feelings about Pat, media circuses, senior senators, Ethel Rosenberg, and the Supreme Court’s waffling. Uncle Sam’s portrayal is over the top un-American, pardonable only for Coover’s amazing gift for folksy and savvy dialogue.
What this book brings to light is the comedy of errors that became of the Supreme Court’s version of Twelve Angry Men, with Justice William O. Douglas playing the part of Henry Fonda. Julius Rosenberg receives some original sympathy from Douglas and, privately, Nixon. When Ethel becomes the focus, Nixon waxes exceptionally sympathetic. On page 316: “ – I run toward her: ‘Ethel! Look out!’ She looks up – but too late, the spray hits her full in the face and down she goes, kicking against the current, the jet blasts up her skirt … I throw myself in front of her, absorbing the brunt of the spray.” When he tells her to run for it, she won’t leave without him. Other key passages center around the Times Square celebration, the fact the FBI didn’t have its own electric chair, moving the electrocution up a few hours to respect the Jewish Sabbath, and Ethel’s slow, tormented death, reminiscent of the burning flesh scene in The Green Mile.
I’ve been fighting with my subconscious about this book, not about the Rosenberg’s flimsy conviction at the time or about the death penalty, but about the importance of politics. I was closely on every word with some perhaps misguided belief that politics was once more interesting than it is now. Richard Nixon would make some of the most notable presidential headlines, but as a 40 year old cutting his teeth on the ferocity of a witch-hunt that actually mattered much more than Iraq and the more recent Washington cowboys that can be lampooned, it seems fitting that everybody listed in the relentless name-dropping lists should have been present on that Friday night in June. Without question, this is some of the most articulate gibberish to ever be fashioned into a novel. 4.5 stars rounds up to 5.
Paxondano
At times, The Public Burning is informative, funny and innovative. Coover packs almost as much 1950s trivia into this book as Halbestram did in his non-fiction survey of that decade. But repetition is not always a blessing and the cartoon characterization of Uncle Sam quickly became tiresome.
Olelifan
Great read for everyone
Uthergo
Had trouble following it at time
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