By Oscar Hijuelos

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TWAIN & STANLEY input PARADISE, by way of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Oscar Hijuelos, is a luminous paintings of fiction encouraged through the real-life, 37-year friendship among towering figures of the past due 19th century, famed author and stand-up comedian Mark Twain and mythical explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley.

Hijuelos was once enthusiastic about the Twain-Stanley connection and finally all started gaining knowledge of and writing a singular that used the scant old checklist in their dating as a kick off point for a extra specified fictional account. It was once a hard work of affection for Hijuelos, who labored at the undertaking for greater than ten years, publishing different novels alongside the best way yet continuously returning to Twain and Stanley; certainly, he used to be nonetheless revising the manuscript the day prior to his unexpected passing in 2013.

The ensuing novel is a richly woven tapestry of individuals and occasions that's distinctive one of the author's works, either in subject and constitution. Hijuelos ingeniously blends correspondence, memoir, and third-person omniscience to discover the intersection of those Victorian giants in an extended vanished world.

From their early days as newshounds within the American West, to their admiration and aid of every other's writing, their mutual hatred of slavery, their social existence jointly within the extraordinary literary circles of the interval, or even a mysterious trip to Cuba to go looking for Stanley's adoptive father, TWAIN & STANLEY input PARADISE fantastically channels brilliant yet very diversified figures. it's also a learn of Twain's complicated bond with Mrs. Stanley, the bohemian portrait artist Dorothy Tennant, who introduces Twain and his spouse to the realm of séances and mediums after the tragic dying in their daughter.

A compelling and deeply felt old fantasia that makes use of the entire variety of Hijuelos' presents, TWAIN & STANLEY input PARADISE stands as an unforgettable coda to an excellent writing occupation.

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