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Riven Rock
by T. Coraghessan Boyle | Literature & Fiction
Registered by juliebarreto of Puako, Hawaii USA on 12/4/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by juliebarreto from Puako, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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from Meryl. 

Journal Entry 2 by juliebarreto at Puako, Hawaii USA on Friday, September 29, 2017

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Finally pulled this one off the discover a gothic madman tale based on a true story. TC Boyle likes the Santa Barbara setting, with weird comic characters. I think he's kind of a mysogynist. It never really delves into the madman though but, rather, into the nurse, the wife, and other supporting characters. The genetic component of mental illness is mysterious. I would have liked to learn more of the sister Mary Virginia.

"And he knew why he was sick. It was because of them, because of the bitches, because of women. They were the ones. And if he ever saw his wife again, if he saw his mother, Anita, or Mary Virginia, he knew what he would do, as sure as the sun rises and the world spins on its axis. He would go right up to them, Katherine or Mary Virginia or the president's wife or any of them, and he would show them what a real man was for, and he would make them pay for it too, he would. That was how it was, and that was why he'd lived for the past nineteen years at Riven Rock, the eighty-seven acre estate his father's money had bought him, in his stone mansion with the bars on the windows and the bed bolted to the floor, within sight of the hammered blue shield of the Pacific and the adamantine wall of the Channel Islands, in the original Paradise, the lonely Paradise, the place where no woman walked or breathed."

Journal Entry 3 by juliebarreto at Puako General Store in Puako, Hawaii USA on Friday, September 29, 2017

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