Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! It’s simple, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you’re entered!
In this novel, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “colorful, entertaining” in its starred review, Charyn gives new dimension to Roosevelt, revealing Manhattan’s swampy underbelly after the Civil War, TR’s farcical and dangerous expeditions to the Dakota Badlands, and his personal anguish at losing his mother and wife on the same day. Like the best of E.L. Doctorow, historical detail is supported by a keen grasp of language and marked by a lack of sentimentality about the past. With a colorful supporting cast—including Buffalo Bill Cody, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leon Czolgosz (President McKinley’s assassin), plus Josephine, the loveable mountain lion who was the mascot of the Rough Riders (seen with Roosevelt on the cover), and the Rough Riders themselves, whom Roosevelt never deserted, THE PERILOUS ADVENTURES OF THE COWBOY KING is historical fiction and Jerome Charyn at their very best.
I know…I know…don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Generally, I’m not a hystorical fiction fan. Not because it isn’t good reading, but because I’m too interested in the fantasy type novels, and I never give historical a chance. Well, when this book was offered to me, I couldn’t help myself. This time, I judged the book by its cover, and I think it worked out pretty well.
I don’t know Jerome Charyn’s work, but I do really like his style of writing. The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King is narrated by Teddy Roosevelt (yes, the president), and is an interesting take on his life, and a pretty fun biography to read.
The downside to this novel, in my opinion, is that if you aren’t a history buff, it isn’t as easy to get into it. It’s still fun, just took me a little work to grasp everything.
For fans of historical fiction, I think this is an awesome tale and an interesting and fun look into Roosevelt’s life. Definitely check it out!
For an astonishing span of over fifty years, Jerome Charyn has been dazzling readers with his “polymorphous imagination and crack comic timing” (Jonathan Lethem). His comic-tragic sensibility, along with his penchant for writing bold and adventurous stories, has inspired a new generation of writers across Europe and the United States, where he is nothing less than a literary icon. Now, with The Cowboy King, Charyn continues a literary structure he invented with Johnny One-Eye over a decade ago, that of using American history and the great figures it has produced to create a first-person novel rich in historical detail and uproarious dialogue.
Charging full on into American history, the main character of this audacious novel is Teddy Roosevelt, “the perfect bull in a china shop.” Raising the literary bar to a new level, Charyn recreates the New York City Police Commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon-to-become 26th President through his derring-do adventures, effortlessly juxtaposing superhero dialogue and daring exploits with haunting pathos and aching tragedy. Refusing to surrender to the womb-to-tomb of the president’s story, Charyn covers Roosevelt’s life up until his assumption to the presidency in 1901. Cowboy King begins with TR’s early years, as a sickly, asthma-wracked kid who was saved by his heroic and larger-than-life father, Braveheart, and concludes with McKinley’s assassination, told in poignantly elegiac prose, positioning Roosevelt as a fearless crime fighter and a pioneering environmentalist who would grow up to be our greatest peacetime president.
With an operatic cast, including “Bamie,” Roosevelt’s crippled older sister; or Eleanor, his gawky little niece; as well as the devoted Rough Riders, the novel even memorably features the lovable companion mountain lion Josephine, who in real life helped train Roosevelt for his “crowded hour,” the epic charge up San Juan Hill.
A master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, Charyn has created a classic of historical fiction, confirming his place as “one of the most important writers in American literature” (Michael Chabon).
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A copy of THE PERILOUS ADVENTURES OF THE COWBOY KING and Charyn’s previous historical fiction novel, I AM ABRAHAM
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