- Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: Ebound Canada (1 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771456744
- ISBN-13: 978-1771456746
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
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A Master Passion, the Story of Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton Paperback – Import, 1 Sep 2015
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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.