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Monday, June 13, 2011

Review of Johnny Eye-One

I recently read the book Johnny One-Eye by Jerome Charyn and could not wait to review it to share with everyone else. Historical fiction is not generally my preferred reading material, but this book had me hooked from the first chapter and would not release me until I read the last sentence.

The book is set in 1776 during the Revolutionary war where the main character, John Stocking, flits between the two sides of the war with both amusing and enticing antics. Believing himself to be the illegitimate son of George Washington himself and the madam of a local brothel, he spends his free time mooning over a prostitute.

This book is history like you have never read it before. The mixture of fact and fiction along with the authors knack for overly descriptive writing will leave you feeling like you are standing there in person rather than reading words on the page.

I highly recommend this book, and if historical reading isn't your thing either you may well change your mind after reading this!


2 comments:

  1. I've always been a historical fiction fan. It sounds like you found one that appealed to you.

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  2. Carrie, what a great compliment for any writer, "descriptive writing will leave you feeling like you are standing there in person rather than reading words on the page." What a great statement!

    I'm so glad that even though historical fiction is not the genre you would reach for first - you still thoroughly enjoyed "Johnny One-Eye."

    We appreciate your taking the time to read and post about the book and for hosting a stop on the blog tour.

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