Tribute Books Blog Tour, Review & GIVEAWAY: Johnny One-Eye by Jerome Charyn

Posted 8 July, 2011 by Molly in Book Reviews / 7 Comments

*SEE THE END OF THE POST FOR THE GIVEAWAY!*

About the Book:
Johnny One-Eye is bringing about the rediscovery of one of the most “singular and remarkable [careers] in American literature” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World). In this picaresque tour de force that reanimates Revolutionary Manhattan through the story of double agent John Stocking, the bastard son of a whorehouse madam and possibly George Washington, Jerome Charyn has given us one of the most memorable historical novels in years. As Johnny seeks to unlock the mystery of his birth and grapples with his allegiances, he falls in love with Clara, a gorgeous, green-eyed octoroon, the most coveted harlot of Gertrude’s house. The wild parade of characters he encounters includes Benedict Arnold, the Howe brothers, “Sir Billy” and “Black Dick,” and a manipulative Alexander Hamilton.

Not since John Barth’s The Sotweed Factor and Gore Vidal’s Burr has a novel so dramatically re-created America’s historical beginnings. Reading group guide included.

About the Author:

JEROME CHARYN (born May 13, 1937) is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”

New York Newsday hailed Charyn as “a contemporary American Balzac,” and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.”

Since the 1964 release of Charyn’s first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.

Charyn was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until he left teaching in 2009.

In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France. Noted novelist Don DeLillo called Charyn’s book on table tennis, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, “The Sun Also Rises of ping-pong.”

Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.


My Review:
So, I like reading historical novels. This one was quite interesting. I’m not big on a lot of books on the Revolutionary War…sometimes, they are just over the top and can’t hold my attention for long. But, Johnny One Eye was totally different. Oh, it was about the RW, but it’s so uniquely written and filled with gripping characters, that I was hooked.

I could actually feel myself getting pulled into another era in time, among characters that become a part of you, and a setting that engulfs you. Mixed in with the characters and the plot, is a bit of mystery with the spies, making this full of twists and turns. Johnny One Eye’s journey through the RW was intriguing to “watch” and seeing things through his point of view was phenomenal.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are history lover, or into the novels that include wars as the backdrop of settings. You’ll find yourself on a roller coaster of ups, downs, twists and turns as you loose yourself in this 5 star fantastic read. Jerome Charyn’s writing style is VERY unique and skillful,and I am anxious to dive into more of his great work!

Visit other stops on the tour:
June 1st
Dad of Divas (review & giveaway)
click link to read posted review & enter the giveaway
(ends 6/8/11)
Winner: Wendi Bishop, Richmond, TX
and
click link to read posted review & enter the giveaway
(ends 6/30/11)
Winner: Andrea Kruse
June 3rd
Crazed Mind (review & giveaway)
click link to read posted review & enter the giveaway
(ends 6/17/11)
Winner: Katrina Troy, Fort Pierce, FL
June 5th
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June 7th
Tiffany’s Bookshelf (review & giveaway)
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(ends 6/18/11)
Winner: Kimberly Vitale, Bridgeport, OH
June 10th
Knits & Reads (review & giveaway)
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(ends 6/30/11)
and
click link to read posted review 
June 13th
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and
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June 14th
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June 19th
Literary R&R (review & giveaway)
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(ends 6/24/11)
Winner: Laura Morales, Haltom City, TX
June 20th
Tic Toc (review & giveaway)
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(ends 6/20/11)
(ends 6/20/11)
Winner: Laurie Brown, Rowlett, TX
June 24th
Ascroft, eh? (interview)
click link to read posted interview
and
The Story of a Writer (review & giveaway)
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(ends TBA)
June 25th
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June 26th
click link to read posted book spotlight
June 27th
Entomology of a Bookworm (review & giveaway)
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(ends 6/29/11)
Winner: Ann Summerville, Fort Worth, TX
June 29th
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June 30th
click link to enter the giveaway
(ends 7/10/11)
click link to read posted review
and
Tribute Books Mama (review & giveaway)
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(ends 7/5/11)
July 8th
Reviews by Molly (review & giveaway)
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*This book was provided for review by the publisher for Tribute Book Tours*

THE GIVEAWAY
Thanks to the publisher, I have a copy of this book to giveaway to one lucky person. 

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Giveaway ends July 20th@1159pmEST

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