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by Adam Braver

eBook Divine Sarah: A Novel download ISBN: 0060544082
Author: Adam Braver
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 5, 2005)
Language: English
Pages: 256
ePub: 1561 kb
Fb2: 1923 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Adam Braver (born 1963, in Berkeley, California) is an American author of historical fiction.

Adam Braver (born 1963, in Berkeley, California) is an American author of historical fiction. Second was Divine Sarah (William Morrow, 2004), which fictionalizes actress Sarah Bernhardt's Farewell Tour of America

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Divine Sarah: A Novel. Set over the course of one week in 1906, Divine Sarah reimagines the life of the legendary Sarah Bernhardt. Facing protests from the newly formed League of Decency, the controversial actress is forced to move her latest production from Los Angeles to the new development of Venice Beach. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

In Divine Sarah, Adam Braver, whose previous novel was described as richly imagined by the Washington Post, renders a portrait of the great actress Sarah Bernhardt in the twilight of her career as she explores her relationship to art and asks herself, When does art become the artist? Sarah was truly the first international star, and she caused a sensation wherever she went. Set during the course of one week in 1906 California, the novel opens with controversy.

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Adam Braver is the author of Divine Sarah and Mr. Lincoln's Wars. I bought this book because I loved the historical novel Adam Braver wrote about Lincoln. He teaches creative writing at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. DIVINE SARAH by Adam Braver I'm going to start out by saying I was disappointed with this book.

Set over the course of one week in 1906, Divine Sarah reimagines the life of the legendary Sarah Bernhardt. In Divine Sarah, Adam Braver, whose previous novel was described as "richly imagined" by the Washington Post, renders a portrait of the great actress Sarah Bernhardt in the twilight of her career as she explores her relationship to art and asks herself, "When does art become the artist?" Sarah was truly the first international star, and she caused a sensation wherever she went. Second was Divine Sarah (William Morrow, 2004), which fictionalizes actress Sarah Bernhardt's Farewell Tour of America. Crows Over the Wheatfield (Harper Perennial, 2006) told the story of a renowned Van Gogh scholar struggling to deal with her guilt after she accidentally kills a young boy in a car accident.

Book Description Set over the course of one week in 1906, Divine Sarah reimagines the life of the legendary Sarah Bernhardt. Though this battle is only the most recent skirmish in a tumultuous life, the sixty-two-year-old Sarah is exhausted and beginning to lose the will to fight

Set over the course of one week in 1906, Divine Sarah reimagines the life of the legendary Sarah Bernhardt.

Set over the course of one week in 1906, Divine Sarah reimagines the life of the legendary Sarah Bernhardt. Facing protests from the newly formed League of Decency, the controversial actress is forced to move her latest production from Los Angeles to the new development of Venice Beach. Though this battle is only the most recent skirmish in a tumultuous life, the sixty-two-year-old Sarah is exhausted and beginning to lose the will to fight.

Plagued by maladies of the flesh and the spirit, she begins to search her soul, revealing the truths of her life, including the self-doubt and insecurity hidden beneath an extravagant and confrontational lifestyle. Yet Sarah is not alone in her battle. Vince Baker, an ambitious news reporter, faces his own demons even as he tries to uncover the truth about the greatest actress of the Victorian Age.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Comments: (4)
Ndlaitha
For years I've been fascinated by the great French actress Sarah Bernhardt, so I was expecting to really enjoy this fictional depiction of her. Boy, was I in for a disappointment! I would expect the real "Divine Sarah" to be turning over in her tomb if this depiction could ever reach her. She certainly could sue Braver for slander and defamation of character, since he portrays her as demented, drug-addled, lazy and almost good-for-nothing. None of these qualities she possessed in actuality.

I also disliked Braver's stream-of-consciousness style, which often droned on in meaningless discourse in his attempt to give reason and motivation to his thin and poorly-conceived characters. The reader is faced with entire pages without paragraph breaks, as he describes scenes and setting in minute detail. Even the most patient reader will find his mind wandering and his eyelids becoming droopy.

This is a "hatchet job" on Bernhardt -- pure and simple -- and Braver shows no respect or insight into the woman who captivated audiences all over the world for over half a century.
Zainn
I bought this book because I loved the historical novel Adam Braver wrote about Lincoln. I am sticking with this book but it is a slower read for me.
Watikalate
DIVINE SARAH by Adam Braver
I'm going to start out by saying I was disappointed with this book. I had expected DIVINE SARAH by Adam Braver to be more than what it turned out to be - a novel that didn't even come close to what the blurb on the back said it would be. Although it was interesting to read about this legendary actress, Sarah Bernhardt, and it was even more interesting to have her in the setting of early 1900's Los Angeles, the book read as if it were slightly disjointed, as if the parts that were to come together never did.
The story takes place in a week's span of time, in Southern California 1906. While Sarah Bernhardt battles her demons and wishes she were retired, news reporter Vince Baker is upset about the quality of news writing and what he is expected to put out. Then we have Abbott Kinney, a successful land developer who became the founder of the city of Venice, California, who is a strong character in this book, and actually helps make the book worth reading.
But over all, the book fails to be what it should have been - it should have been a story about two people who are soul-searching, trying to figure out what their futures hold for them. I believe this was Adam Braver's vision for this novel, but it is not what I got from reading it.
He created characters that did not quite ring true on paper, and their stories should have been written so that they actually had a connection to each other, but I didn't see the connection. He might as well have been writing separate stories. I also found the character of Vince Baker weak and one-dimensional. Regarding Sarah's character, from reading this book, it did not come across to me that Sarah was French; the author did not attempt to replicate speech patterns that would have made me think she was not from this country. On the other hand, I did enjoy the character of Max Klein, her gay manager and confidante. I think Braver did a good job creating this relationship between Klein and Bernhardt, and it was probably the most enjoyable aspect of the book.
I'm not giving this book a 5 star recommendation, but giving it only 3 stars, because I don't think everyone who reads this book will have the same reaction I did. There are a lot of redeeming qualities to DIVINE SARAH, one of which was the introduction to this legendary actress of the late 1800's and early 1900's. I am not sorry I read this book, but I am rather hesitant in reading another one by Adam Braver. He may not be my cup of tea.
Na
I found this book to be inspiring and interesting. I was struck by how contemporary many of the themes were: the boycotts against Bernhardt, the aging celebrity, etc. It all felt very fresh, as though it were speaking of today's times. I confess that I don't know that much about Sarah Bernhardt, but I beleive that the book is intended to be about more than her life and pridicaments. It seems to me that this beautifully written book is about the moments when people confront the images that they have of themselves, all in an effort to make sense of where they have been and where they are going.