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The Green and the Gold - A Novel of Andrew Marvell: Spy, Politician, Poet Book Review Summary

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Dunne, Jun 2004, 24.95, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0312314507

Though much is known about seventeenth century English poet Andrew Marvell, there are periods with little or no information available. Christopher Peachment fills those voids by extracting what is known about this metaphysical poet and his times to create a work of historical fiction.

Marvell comes across as a paradox. He was a loner who trusted few and over time concluded that life. He enjoyed women sexually, but detested females perhaps as Mr. Preachment implies due to his negative feelings towards his older sisters.

Other plot points include his attraction to his twelve year old student Mary Fairfax of Appleton House, his responsibility for lighting the Great Fire of London to goad a mob to assault Catholics, and a weird tryst in Spain.

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   writer Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Love problems?    -   Obession with uninterested person

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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