[Reading] ➶ Rodham ➽ Curtis Sittenfeld – Higo2cam.info

Rodham From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of American Wife And Eligible, A Novel That Imagines A Deeply Compelling What Might Have Been What If Hillary Rodham Hadn T Married Bill Clinton In , Hillary Rodham Is A Young Woman Full Of Promise Life Magazine Has Covered Her Wellesley Commencement Speech, She S Attending Yale Law School, And She S On The Forefront Of Student Activism And The Women S Rights Movement And Then She Meets Bill Clinton A Handsome, Charismatic Southerner And Fellow Law Student, Bill Is Already Planning His Political Career In Each Other, The Two Find A Profound Intellectual, Emotional, And Physical Connection That Neither Has Previously Experienced In The Real World, Hillary Followed Bill Back To Arkansas, And He Proposed Several Times Although She Said No Than Once, As We All Know, She Eventually Accepted And Became Hillary Clinton But In Curtis Sittenfeld S Powerfully Imagined Tour De Force Of Fiction, Hillary Takes A Different Road Feeling Doubt About The Prospective Marriage, She Endures Their Devastating Breakup And Leaves Arkansas Over The Next Four Decades, She Blazes Her Own Trail One That Unfolds In Public As Well As In Private, That Involves Crossing Paths Again And Again With Bill Clinton, That Raises Questions About The Tradeoffs All Of Us Must Make In Building A Life Brilliantly Weaving A Riveting Fictional Tale Into Actual Historical Events, Curtis Sittenfeld Delivers An Uncannily Astute And Witty Story For Our Times In Exploring The Loneliness, Moral Ambivalence, And Iron Determination That Characterize The Quest For Political Power, As Well As Both The Exhilaration And Painful Compromises Demanded Of Female Ambition In A World Still Run Mostly By Men, Rodham Is A Singular And Unforgettable Novel I read Rodham some weeks ago and am of a few different minds about it, because I think you can read this book three different ways first, as a piece of mainstream fan fiction because that s exactly what it is second, as a character study of a woman whose public facing self is, at this point, a warped amalgamation of various projections and lastly, as an artifact of what I would call the period of national trauma following the 2016 election.In the first aspect, as a piece of fan fiction, I a I read Rodham some weeks ago and am of a few different minds about it, because I think you can read this book three different ways first, as a piece of mainstream fan fiction because that s exactly what it is second, as a character study of a woman whose public facing self is, at this point, a warped amalgamation of various projections and lastly, as an artifact of what I would call the period of national trauma following the 2016 election.In the first aspect, as a piece of fan fiction, I actually think the first 1 2 to 2 3 of the book is surprisingly successful Kudos on AO3, although the Hillary Bill smut might scar you As a character portrait, and an exploration of the tension between Hillary s private and public selves, this novel is competent but uninspired There s a flatness to Sittenfeld s Hillary that she s never quite able to flesh out, and it only gets worse as the book goes on And in the final aspect, as a broader kind of post 2016 social political commentary, I think this book is pretty useless The ending, in particular, engages in some white feminist wishful thinking that has a lot to say about sexism but glosses over the resurgent nationalism, racism, and xenophobia that helped carry Trump to victory four years ago Eveninsidious is Sittenfeld s depiction of Trump as an unlikely Hillary surrogate yes, really , which plays into the dangerous notion that he s a mere clown who possesses no real ideology Most of the last 1 3 of this book is baffling at best, and its feel good ending which presents the idea of a woman in the White House as a kind of national redemption rings terribly hollow in 2020 Blew my saxophone An inspired, stunningly poignant yes, even a little dirty creative re imagining of what the Clintons are and what they could be in an alternate universe Funny and eerie to think how choosing a different path not marrying Bill might have resulted in major surprises and similarities to reality.Highlights include sexually charged political innuendo between Bill and Hill in their college days, a nude saxophone performance, and delicious characterization of Bill as a self descri Blew my saxophone An inspired, stunningly poignant yes, even a little dirty creative re imagining of what the Clintons are and what they could be in an alternate universe Funny and eerie to think how choosing a different path not marrying Bill might have resulted in major surprises and similarities to reality.Highlights include sexually charged political innuendo between Bill and Hill in their college days, a nude saxophone performance, and delicious characterization of Bill as a self described horny bastard who can t resist a savory honeypot Meanwhile, Hillary is seen as a figure who largely gives up earthly delights in favor of pursuing her political mission The irony is that ambition looks great on men, but makes her unlikable.The alternate reality aspect offers humor and wit for political junkies and history buffs to relish For example, Bill s timid wife gives a disastrous 60 Minutes performance in defense of his infidelity and Hillary thinks how she could have done it better.Whether you ve followed Hillary through her entire career, just binged her Hulu documentary, or are vaguely aware of current affairs, there s plenty to enjoy from all sides of the political aisle.As for me, my first vivid memory of Hillary Clinton was in 1998 I would have been eight at the time, vaguely aware of the Lewinsky scandal though too young to know the meaning of sex Hillary was on TV probably doing the infamous vast right wing conspiracy interview and my mother spat with venom she s only defending him because she wants to be president Previously busy playing with toys, my ears perked to attention I remember two things happening First, I was shocked to learn that a woman could be president As a third grader I memorized the names of presidents and consciously or unconsciously concluded that only men were allowed This new information literally blew my mind I had to ask my mother to confirm Is it even legal for a girl to be president Technically yes, Mom said If she s at least 35 The second thing was that I desperately wanted Hillary Clinton whoever the hell that was to be the first female president Whatever fierce determination this woman had, if it was enough to piss off my mom, it had to be good.As I grew older, my love for Hillary increased Learning about politics made me understand why someone might find her rehearsed responses ineffective and recognize the occasional poor word choice as political blunders, but it still boggles my mind how many people actually hate her Democrats Millennials Those who never even slogged through wall to wall Clinton coverage Why How The most bizarre thing I ever heard was a mom say she wouldn t want to leave her daughter alone with Hillary Why Because she might be inspired Sorry to tangent is it possible to talk about Hillary and not go on a tangent but my point is that this fictional memoir does a superb job of showcasing Hillary as a human Someone who falls in love, has sex, makes mistakes, regrets them, tries to move on That said, the book also helps those of us with rose colored glasses see her as a problematic figure, in this reality and others The way the narrative toes that line is remarkable.This is not 400 pages of glorying Hillary and imagining a utopia where sexism is dead and women waltz into the White House It by no means blames Bill for all her problems We get plenty of harsh depictions of Hillary, many of them deserved, and sexism is in full swing With and without Bill.Since that fateful day in 2016, I ve hypothesized that history will actually be kinder to Hillary as the first female candidate rather than the first female president Certainly it will be kinder to her than to you know who currently mucking things up.Books like this, filled with creative energy, deep reflection, and most importantly a riveting imagination of what it s like to be in Hillary s shoes refuel my hopes that I m correct Time will ultimately tell if her contribution to history is a small step for women or a giant leap, but I remain confident that it s the latter I feel like this book is going to piss a lot of people off and I want in on that controversial action I feel like this book is going to piss a lot of people off and I want in on that controversial action When the Saints Go Marching On Did Hillary sacrifice her professional future, being with Bill Not in this fictional tale I love Curtis Sittenfeld s books HUGE FAN American Wife , was particularly outstanding But Rodham Hm I read through the night finished this morning.I gobbled this novel in one sitting Its kinda of creepyAnd.kinda thought provoking puzzling I don t want to say too muchreaders will either choose this book because of being a fan of Hill When the Saints Go Marching On Did Hillary sacrifice her professional future, being with Bill Not in this fictional tale I love Curtis Sittenfeld s books HUGE FAN American Wife , was particularly outstanding But Rodham Hm I read through the night finished this morning.I gobbled this novel in one sitting Its kinda of creepyAnd.kinda thought provoking puzzling I don t want to say too muchreaders will either choose this book because of being a fan of Hillary Clinton or a fan of Curtis Sittenfeld perhaps both Point is choosing to read this book is very self selective I don t think any review positive or negative will influence a readers choice.So, I ll leave one excerpt and share that for me it wasn t as spectacular as American Wife And not as much fun as other Sittenfeld books Personally, I think I d die if this book was written about me even as fiction.Bill says to Hillary Your whole body is perfect, and you have such a pretty face, your eyes and lips and your skin I love playing with your hair, and I love how you smell and how you move when we are in bed Isn t it obvious I can t keep my hands off you I love your whole body I love all of you You re brave and funny and hard working and you re so goddamn smart, but you know what You re beautiful, too And there s nothing about you that s pathetic Nothing The sex scenes, just felt yucky as can be and not because I m a prude or anything was particularly disgusting as far as sex scenes go but the mixture of personal fiction and political fiction didn t feel right in my heart Both played tricks on my mind with the truth that.fact is Bill Clinton was president And Hillary was his wife and First Lady Everything in this book is speculation I found it worked terrific in Stephen kings book 11 22 63.But..less so here Cheatin sleazy Bill and Hardball Hillary might hit just the right fun notes.for many readers.But..Power hunger politics jokes to cover up our pain about the state of our country just felt old However I wouldn t mind some watermelon about now 3 stars good not great

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