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The Duke Don't Dance (Book) - 4/22/2012 5:50:14 PM
Sharp’s novel, The Duke Don’t Dance, pulled me into the story by page 2 and I immediately wanted to know more. As a daughter of parents from the “Silent Generation”, I could relate to the book through their eyes and I recognized experiences similar to my parents. Sharp writes with direct honesty when painting the portrait of his characters. There is no attempt to romance the reader to want to like the characters. The characters simply are the way they are with flaws. Yet, I found myself deeply interested in them and growing to like them as I continued through the chapters. Relationships are complex, imperfect, and uncomfortable. Conversations interweave the Vietnam War, “real music” (Elvis and Buddy Holly), and twitter seamlessly, yet demonstrating the vast experiences and contrasts for the Silent Generation. Chapters seem to ping pong between time periods, yet it somehow makes sense. I felt familiarity for the characters like I had met them from somewhere in my life. Then I experienced a jolting realization as moments in history were revealed against the backdrop of every day life. I felt like I gained understanding about how the average American really felt living the history of the past 70 years. Sharp brilliantly contrasts characters from diverse educational backgrounds; different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds; the military, unhappy homes; and liberal and conservative backgrounds. The novel is gritty and witty. As I read, I appreciated Sharp’s descriptive style which transports you to the moment and each paragraph is packed with information and insights. This is very entertaining, enlightening, and a great read for people of any generation. Sheri Kaye Hoff

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