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The Duke Don't Dance
4/17/2012 10:08:44 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Compressed between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom were those who became known to some by the ill-chosen name of the Silent Generation. They were those born too late to share in the triumph of the great victory, too early to know only the privilege of the American empire and in too few numbers to assure themselves a proper identity and proper legacy. Despite those attributes, they invented rock and roll, filled the streets in the struggle for racial equality, bled in the heated precipitates of the cold war and opened the doors to the sexual revolution and feminism, her serious-minded sister. Their triumph lay not in their completion of these transitions, but in their survival through them. The Duke Donít Dance follows the adult lives of men and women who made that journey.

ForeWord Clarion Review  "Five Stars (out of Five)...The Duke Don't Dance is beautifully written... heady... hearty and earthy... Sharp's flair for details is exquisite and delightful.. This is one man's fictionalized story of a generation... his message reads loud and clear."  

KIRKUS Reviews, March 2012 "Sharp's debut is a frame narrative of impressive scope and quality... the novel unfolds by means of colorful dialogue and pungent observations typical of Henry James...some readers may find the novel's irreverence on par with Joseph Heller's. .... sassy and bold... A novel too good to be ignored".

RebeccasReads (Charline Ratcliff) "Author Richard Sharp has a unique writing style... 'The Duke Don't Dance' is solid... a good read. There isn't a lot of 'fluff' within the story ... Sharp transitions seamlessly through the various timelines. ...a darn good read."

 

From the Author: "The Duke" and the author's two unpublished historical novels projected for fall 2012 release were partly inspired by Isabel Allende's works capturing eras and social mileau not extensively treated in popular literature. My novels similarly concern the passage of time, how the protagonists do and do not change over the years and the spirit of times and places gradually being lost to history.  

"The Duke," specifically, is influenced by the songs and poetry of Jim Morrison, the humor of Joseph Heller, the dramatic physicality of Bertolt Breccht and the music and popular culture of the Silent Generation. The novel seeks to give authenticity to wholly fictional characters by placing them in situations that are accurate in fine detail, so that, for example, if you were actually present at the Beach Boys 1981 concert on the national mall you would think "my god, that episode could have happened just like that during the playing of 'Don't Worry Baby'." The hope is those little touches can transport a reader born in, say, 1990, back to that time; not just appeal to the nostalgia of af a fading generation.

 



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More Blogs by Richard G Sharp
• Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012: "The Duke Don't Dance" - Monday, December 17, 2012
• Jacob's Cellar now available - Friday, November 23, 2012
• Pending Release: Jacob's Cellar - Monday, October 01, 2012
• New web site - Friday, August 31, 2012
• TDDD now available in Nook - Thursday, August 23, 2012
• Recent "Duke Don't Dance" reviews - Friday, May 25, 2012
•  The Duke Don't Dance - Tuesday, April 17, 2012  


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