|Plot Summary of The Green and the Gold - A Novel of Andrew Marvell: Spy, Politician, Poet|
Dunne, Jun 2004, 24.95, 384 pp.
Though much is known about seventeenth century English poet Andrew Marvell, there are periods with little or no information available. Christopher Peachment fills those voids by extracting what is known about this metaphysical poet and his times to create a work of historical fiction.
Marvell comes across as a paradox. He was a loner who trusted few and over time concluded that life. He enjoyed women sexually, but detested females perhaps as Mr. Preachment implies due to his negative feelings towards his older sisters.
Other plot points include his attraction to his twelve year old student Mary Fairfax of Appleton House, his responsibility for lighting the Great Fire of London to goad a mob to assault Catholics, and a weird tryst in Spain.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Green and the Gold - A Novel of Andrew Marvell: Spy, Politician, Poet|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 17th century
Life of a profession:
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- Obession with uninterested person
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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