By: Barden, Dan

Price: ¥500.00

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Book Condition: Very Good

A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In this immensely captivating and imaginative novel, perfectly set at the i ntersection of fact and fiction, Dan Barden superimposes the story of John Wayne on the story of the Bardens, a family very much like his own. Frank B arden, Wayne's contractor, is an Irish Catholic from New York who has come to California in pursuit of the American dream for his wife, Lillian, and t heir three young children, Danny, Alice, and Chris. Wayne is someone the Ba rdens work with, drink with, and felt blessed to be around. In fictionalized episodes ranging from Wayne's first love at sixteen to his deathbed conversion to Catholicism, this novel offers a surprisingly intim ate vision of John Wayne. The Bardens are the perfect observers, guileless enough to retain an unabashed admiration for a man they consider a hero, pe rceptive enough to begin to see him as he really is--a man struggling to co me to terms with the myths that define him. In their own way, the Bardens are coming to terms with these same myths. Frank Barden, trapped by alcoholism and the masculine ideal embodied by his friend Wayne, begins to lose touch with his family. Lillian Barden, disappointed by the impossible promise of the men around her, questions her faith in the manhood that men like Frank have to offer. As John Wayne lies on his deathbed at the close of this heartbreaking story, the Barden children have grown up, and Lillian and Frank are facing the dissolution of their marriage. With wit, intelligence and sympathy, Dan Bard.


Author Name: Barden, Dan

Categories: General Fiction,

Publisher: Anchor: 1998

ISBN Number: 038548710X

ISBN Number 13: 9780385487108

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000038545