- Tapa blanda: 500 páginas
- Editor: Ebound Canada (1 de septiembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1771456744
- ISBN-13: 978-1771456746
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A Master Passion, The story of Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 sep 2015
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A Master Passion is the story of the marriage - called by some a misalliance - of Alexander Hamilton, our First Secretary of the Treasury, and Betsy Schuyler. Although born poor and illegitimate, Hamilton courts the daughter of Major General Schuyler, an American princess. Hamilton is one of a trinity of Founders who seem to have been created on purpose to invent our nation. Like all mission-driven men, he is preoccupied, often absent, and not the best provider. The trials of making ends meet and raising an ever growing troop of children are Betsy's. This woman-behind-the-man is barely known, but through war, Indian attacks, multiple births, epidemics, infidelity, unending politics and dire tragedy, Betsy is the force which holds the family together. Conflict is built into this marriage. It does not simply spring from Alexander's childhood experience of bastardy, abuse and abandonment. To quote Alexander Pope, his favorite poet: And hence one master passion in the breast, Like Aaron's serpent, swallows up the rest. Betsy's passion is Alexander, but, sometimes, even more than this wife, Alexander loves America.
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Intellectually, Hamilton was a dazzling figure, but also a deeply flawed man who never quite overcame his traumatic childhood. Waldron suggests he was sexually abused as a boy— raped repeatedly by the man who employed him. Although there’s no proof of that, and it’s not something a historian could suggest, for a novelist it makes good psychological sense. Sometimes sexually abused children grow up to be sexually promiscuous adults, which Hamilton certainly was.
There’s less explicit sex in this novel than Waldron's "My Mozart," but there’s enough to suggest the passionate connection the couple enjoyed. The author is also very good in describing the hectic family life of the Hamilton’s and their numerous, very individual children.
The only aspect of the novel that struck me as “off” was the author's portrayal of George Washington as such a frigid, distant figure, and a man who had no rapport with children. She apparently forgot (or didn’t know?) that GW raised his wife’s children and also several of his step-grandchildren, as well as assorted other young wards, and he was devoted to all of them. She also pays little or no attention to the fact that Washington made considerable efforts to include Hamilton among his intimate friends, but the younger man always rebuffed him, and eventually broke with his mentor over a trifle. She doesn’t even include a mention of Washington’s death, which plunged the entire country into mourning!
Bore him 8 children and lived 50yrs. Without him.