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Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish - A Novel

David Rakoff

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From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty, and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the twentieth century Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form. LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH leaps cities and decades as Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal. The characters' lives are linked to each other by acts of generosity or cruelty. A daughter of Irish slaughterhouse workers in early-twentieth-century Chicago faces a desperate choice; a hobo offers an unexpected refuge on the rails during the Great Depression; a vivacious aunt provides her clever nephew a path out of the crushed dream of postwar Southern California; an office girl endures the casually vicious sexism of 1950s Manhattan; the young man from Southern California revels in the electrifying sexual and artistic openness of 1960s San Francisco, then later tends to dying friends and lovers as the AIDS pandemic devastates the community he cherishes; a love triangle reveals the empty materialism of the Reagan years; a marriage crumbles under the distinction between self-actualization and humanity; as the new century opens, a man who has lost his way finds a measure of peace in a photograph he discovers in an old box-an image of pure and simple joy that unites the themes of this brilliantly conceived work. Rakoff's insistence on beauty and the necessity of kindness in a selfish world raises the novel far above mere satire. A critic once called Rakoff "magnificent," a word that perfectly describes this wonderful novel in verse. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

2h 34m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:24