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Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel von Louis…
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Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel (2020. Auflage)

von Louis Bayard (Autor)

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A page-turning novel about the brilliant, melancholic future president and the two people who knew him best: his handsome and charming confidant (and roommate), Joshua Speed, and the spirited young debutante Mary Todd.   A Washington Post Bestseller A May Indie Next Pick An Apple Books Best of the Month for April A People Magazine Best Book of the Week   "Exquisite." --People "A triumph of a novel." --Bookreporter.com "Rich, fascinating, and romantic." --Newsday When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one's short list to be president. A country lawyer living above a dry goods shop, he is lacking both money and manners, and his gift for oratory surprises those who meet him. Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with an interest in debates and elections, at first finds him an enigma. "I can only hope," she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, "that his waters being so very still, they also run deep." It's not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows: an amiable, profound man who, despite his awkwardness, has a gentle wit to match his genius, and who respects her keen political mind. But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate the polite society of Springfield. Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and inspired by historical events, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation's most beloved presidents. Louis Bayard, a master storyteller, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.… (mehr)
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Titel:Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel
Autoren:Louis Bayard (Autor)
Info:Algonquin Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Loved the archaic language. It added to the feeling of being in the mid-1800s. Characterizations seemed believable and real, especially Lincoln, who appeared complex and human. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
Fictionalized account of the triangular relationship between Mary Todd, Lincoln and Joshua Speed prior to the Lincoln-Todd marriage. Lincoln had lived above the Speed family's grocery shop, and shared a bed with Speed for 4 years (men did that back in those times to save money). The book takes the perspective that Lincoln and Speed shared a much more intimate relationship (not sexual) than has previously been known. In the end, both men married women and lead independent lives, although their love for each other persisted. Quite an interesting perspective. The book gives me an understanding of how people dealt with strong feelings for members of their same sex at a time when homosexual behavior would have been unthinkable. Very well written. ( )
  peggybr | Oct 15, 2020 |
A love triangle involving Abraham Lincoln? Well, yes, and what's more, Louis Bayard's 2019 novel “Courting Mr. Lincoln” sticks fairly close to the historical record.

Lincoln and Mary Todd show up in Springfield, Ill., at about the same time. Gangly and ignorant of how to dress and behave in polite society, Lincoln comes to town to launch both his legal and his political careers. Mary moves in with her sister to try to find a suitable husband, although her outspokenness has so far turned suitors away.

Unable to afford a room of his own, Lincoln accepts an offer to share a bed with Joshua Speed, a merchant with good prospects and a man seen as Mary's best prospect. Yet Joshua and Mary, it turns out, are each more interested in Lincoln than in each other.

An older woman in Springfield who views herself as both a political kingmaker and a matchmaker, sees potential in Lincoln that is still invisible to others, but she knows he needs a wife to get very far in politics. She settles on Mary Todd as the best choice, and she conspires to bring the two of them together in secret in her home.

Wondering where his friend is spending his afternoons, a jealous Speed has Lincoln followed, then he reveals the secret to Mary's sister, believing that will end the affair. And it does, but only temporarily. How Abraham and Mary eventually get back together and what happens in the Lincoln-Speed friendship occupies the rest of this engrossing and very unusual romantic novel.

So did Lincoln have homosexual leanings? Bayard raises the possibility, but leaves the question unanswered. just as history does. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Aug 26, 2020 |
Although historical romance is not my favorite genre, I do enjoy reading about Abraham Lincoln. This portrait of Mary Todd is much kinder than others, and the romance between two socially awkward people is a sweet story. ( )
  kerryp | Jul 4, 2020 |
This was one of the first books in which I have read about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln dating. This was a different way to write about Mary , Abe and his friend Joshua. This was well written but I am not sure that the writer needed to read into the friendship of Abe and Joshua quite as much as he did but it might have happened that way. I think I would have liked to know a little more about Mary Todd through this but I enjoyed the story. I received a copy of this book from Algonquin books for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will. ( )
  Virginia51 | May 5, 2020 |
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A page-turning novel about the brilliant, melancholic future president and the two people who knew him best: his handsome and charming confidant (and roommate), Joshua Speed, and the spirited young debutante Mary Todd.   A Washington Post Bestseller A May Indie Next Pick An Apple Books Best of the Month for April A People Magazine Best Book of the Week   "Exquisite." --People "A triumph of a novel." --Bookreporter.com "Rich, fascinating, and romantic." --Newsday When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one's short list to be president. A country lawyer living above a dry goods shop, he is lacking both money and manners, and his gift for oratory surprises those who meet him. Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with an interest in debates and elections, at first finds him an enigma. "I can only hope," she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, "that his waters being so very still, they also run deep." It's not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows: an amiable, profound man who, despite his awkwardness, has a gentle wit to match his genius, and who respects her keen political mind. But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate the polite society of Springfield. Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and inspired by historical events, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation's most beloved presidents. Louis Bayard, a master storyteller, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.

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