The Golden Age
- Narrated by: Anne Twomey
- Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-24-01
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
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By connie on 05-16-09
remarkable novel, remarkable history
Writers of historical fiction should take notes on Vidal's excellent ability to relate history through snappy dialogue and description that is neither didactic nor pedantic. This is also a fast-paced listen, unlike much historical fiction.
I thought "Golden Age" excellent for its reflection on history/historiography, on America as Empire, and also as a novel in its own right - It seems to be both a modern novel and postmodern at the same time, by a novelist who was a minor actor in the events woven into novel.
One downside to the audiobook: I almost gave up on the listen in the first hours - the narrator seemed to have mastered neither the cadence of Vidal's sentences nor the voices of a couple of the characters, so she seemed to insert herself between listener and novel -- but that resolved by hour three.
Imagine! A novelist warning - in 2000 - about Presidents who trick the American public into supporting an unwanted war - not to mention the military-industrial-entertainment complex's use of drug wars and terrorism to maintain a constant state of mobilization for war - all related in an entertaining story. Vidal manages to relate not only the fictional elements but also the known history in a suspenseful manner.
Not everyone will agree with Vidal's ideas on American history, but he does argue for a view that is widely supported by professional historians.
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