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The Adventures of John Carson in Several…

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of… (edition 2017)

by Brian Doyle (Author)

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Title:The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson
Authors:Brian Doyle (Author)
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2017), 240 pages

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The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World by Brian Doyle



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I liked this book so much and I really wanted to write a review to say that. But then I think the review is really hard to write simply because I don't really know how to describe the book. In the Forward the author explains that Robert Lewis Stevenson lived at a boarding house in San Francisco for several months, writing and struggling with his health and finances in preparation for his marriage. During this time he had indicated he wanted to write a novel THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN CARSON. John Carson was the name of his landlord. Not a trace of this book has ever been found but the author of the current book was intrigued and felt he wanted to write this book for RLS. The book is part biography of Robert Lewis Stevenson, part adventure stories and most of all stories of the humanness of us all. Doyle's writing is lyrical and easy to read. There is no tightly constructed plot. One story runs into another easily. The story telling is interrupted by the call to dinner. The reader has to wait for the next installment - often with other stories in between. For Brain Doyle fans this book will be a treasure. If you are new reader of Brian Doyle it very consistent with his style. I like the book a lot and will read it again. ( )
  hazel1123 | May 4, 2017 |
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"The young Robert Louis Stevenson, living in a boarding house in San Francisco while waiting for his beloved's divorce from her feckless husband, dreamed of writing a soaring novel about his landlady's adventurous and globe-trotting husband--but he never got around to it. And very soon thereafter he was married, headed home to Scotland, and on his way to becoming the most famous novelist in the world, after writing such classics as Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Kidnapped. But now Brian Doyle brings Stevenson's untold tale to life, braiding the adventures of seaman John Carson with those of a young Stevenson, wandering the streets of San Francisco, gathering material for his fiction, and yearning for his beloved across the bay. An adventure tale, an elegy to one of the greatest writers of our language, a time-traveling plunge into The City by the Bay during its own energetic youth, The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World is entertaining, poignant, and sensual"--… (more)

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