Childish Loves: A Novel

Childish Loves A Novel When his former colleague Peter Sullivan dies Ben Markovits inherits unpublished manuscripts about the life of Lord Byron including the novels Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment Ben s own literary care

  • Title: Childish Loves: A Novel
  • Author: Benjamin Markovits
  • ISBN: 9780393330236
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
  • When his former colleague Peter Sullivan dies, Ben Markovits inherits unpublished manuscripts about the life of Lord Byron including the novels Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment Ben s own literary career is in the doldrums, and he tries to revive it by publishing and writing about his dead friend, whose reimagining of Byron s lost memoirs titled Childish Loves may provideWhen his former colleague Peter Sullivan dies, Ben Markovits inherits unpublished manuscripts about the life of Lord Byron including the novels Imposture and A Quiet Adjustment Ben s own literary career is in the doldrums, and he tries to revive it by publishing and writing about his dead friend, whose reimagining of Byron s lost memoirs titled Childish Loves may provide a key to Sullivan s own life and tarnished reputation.Acting as a literary sleuth, Ben sorts through boxes of Sullivan s writing reads between the lines of his scandalous, Byron inspired stories meets with the Society for the Publication of the Dead and tracks down people from Peter s past in an effort to untangle rumor from reality In the process, he crafts a masterful story within a story that turns on uncomfortable questions about childhood and sexual awakening, innocence and attraction, while exploring the lives of three very different writers and their brushes with success and failure in both literature and life.

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    1. The most enjoyable of the trilogy, in spite of the metafictional conceits. Unlike some postmodern navel-gazing, Markovits' premise of found manuscripts at least has historical precedent going for it: loads of 18th- and 19th-century British fiction appeared pseudonymously as a discovered text. The 'author' was just the editor of papers he or she found. So it makes sense that a set of novels set in the early 19th century might employ this device. Here in the conclusion to this trilogy, 'Ben Markov [...]

    2. Childish Loves is really two completely different works. Half the book focuses on the fictional Ben Markovits, who inherits several unpublished manuscripts from a recently deceased colleague. After having the manuscripts published and seeing them gain more fame and attention than his own work, Mr. Markovits sets off on a journey to find out more about his deceased colleague.It seemed to me that his goal was not just to find out more about the man, but to find out how much a reader can really lea [...]

    3. I was really captured by this book, as it wove a picture of the writer's life (suitably unglamorous) with the protagonist's experience as a teacher, and his delving into the mystery of his former colleague's life.Then the story jolted without warning into Byron's diary, which I didn't find interesting even though it purported to show a new side of this bad boy's character. I found it flat and unconvincing. I skipped all that (knowing Byron's life story anyway) but didn't manage to reconnect with [...]

    4. I won this through GoodReads First Reads. I started it months ago. I got 78 pages in, put it down, and haven't had any desire to pick it back up. I just couldn't get into it. It was really boring. So I'm officially giving up on it.

    5. Didn't finish this one. It had a strange rhythm to it, like it wanted to be mysterious, but there wasn't enough there to flesh out the mystery.

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