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Having been disappointed by some of the more recent DeMille books, I decided to listen to this one, in spite of having read it at least twice since it was published in 1992. I didn't see the 1999 film, but picking this one to listen to was one of my best ideas, ever. It's an amazing story, start to finish -- gripping and tense, but still funny, especially when DeMille's trademark smart-ass protagonist cuts loose. Just a great book.
It's always funny how differently a book comes off when you read it yourself, as compared to having it read to you by someone as excellent as Scott Brick. For this one, I knew 'who done it', I even knew why. And yet there was simply no good place to stop listening -- ever. This was one of those books where I kept manufacturing manual tasks so I could keep on listening.
The General's Daughter is a far more complex book than just "a murder mystery", as DeMille writes in a long and interesting foreword to this edition. As I was listening, I kept thinking that I wished I had a book club to discuss this one with -- there are so many issues, so many aspects of this tale that deserve discussion, that I longed for another reader to share ideas with.
As just one aspect of the story, the book deals with the integration of women into the armed services, not just as file clerks and secretaries, but equal to men in job assignments. DeMille makes the point in his introduction that he's all in favor of such equality in the military, but the book paints a slightly different picture -- or seems to. Even though I spent time as a Women Marine, I'm not at all as sure as DeMille is, that full equality for women across the board, including on the battlefield, is such a great idea. Men and women ARE different, in spite of a trend today to insist that they are not. Whether those differences can be sublimated so that they can easily serve together under battlefield conditions, is open to question -- at least in my mind. This isn't a battlefield book, but one of the plot elements still raises these questions.
The General's Daughter is a multi-layered tale - you can listen to it and enjoy nothing more than the uncovering of the murderer's identity, the why's and how's the very clever deed was accomplished. Or you can allow yourself to delve into many of the deeper issues the book raises. Whatever, it's not to be missed.
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Fine book, not DeMille's best, not the worst.
Why, oh why it has to be precedeed by 23 minutes of DeMille's advertisement for the movie?
Sorry, but now my most vivid recollection from listening to the book is the annoyance of having to listen through 20+ minutes of the shameless self-promotion.
PLEASE REMOVE THAT. And fix the 3rd download part - you have 5 hours long Audible chapter that is a duplicate of the following chanpters.
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