The Anarchist

The Anarchist By Joanna Higgins, The Anarchist The Anarchist a historical novel dramatizes the interplay of forces leading to the assassination of an American president at the beginning of the Twentieth Century Through linking first person narra
  • Title: The Anarchist
  • Author: Joanna Higgins
  • ISBN: 9781579623562
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Anarchist By Joanna Higgins, The Anarchist, a historical novel, dramatizes the interplay of forces leading to the assassination of an American president at the beginning of the Twentieth Century Through linking first person narratives, the novel explores the interrelated lives of fictional as well as historical figures, mainly Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, William McKinley, and McKinley s assassinThe Anarchist, a historical novel, dramatizes the interplay of forces leading to the assassination of an American president at the beginning of the Twentieth Century Through linking first person narratives, the novel explores the interrelated lives of fictional as well as historical figures, mainly Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, William McKinley, and McKinley s assassin Leon Czolgosz, at a turbulent time in American history, a time of protests, hangings, hunger riots, strikes, bombings, and massacres.Although a tragedy in part, The Anarchist also depicts the permutations of love, idealism and coming of age in the time of anarchism in the United States, while evoking parallels to contemporary economic and social issues.
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    About "Joanna Higgins"

    1. Joanna Higgins

      Joanna Higgins is the author of A Soldier s Book, Dead Center, and The Importance of High Places, a collection of short stories She received her PhD from SUNY Binghamton, where she studied under John Gardner An adoptive mother of two children, Higgins lives with her family in upstate New York Waiting for the Queen is her fist book for young readers.

    142 thoughts on “The Anarchist”

    1. It seems a tricky bit of historical fiction writing to portray historic characters in first person p.o.v especially when these characters have written their own memoirs or have been the subjects of non fiction biographies Where is the historical and what is the fiction I m curious how Emma Goldman would have reacted to this portrayal of herself if she were still alive President William McKinley and his wife Ida might not have minded the way Ms Higgins portrayed them Other historic figures presen [...]


    2. The Anarchist, Joanna HigginsIf you ve ever wondered what makes anarchists tick, you ll get an insider s view of the answer in Joanna Higgens The Anarchist This historical fiction spans the decades from the 1870 s to the 1930 s, from the roots to the flower of the golden age of anarchy in Europe and the United States Higgins weaves historical figures and events of the time into a fictionalized narrative spoken by the people who played large and small roles in that tumultuous era.It is not by cha [...]


    3. In The Anarchist, the author offers an excellent, well crafted account of the events leading up to the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley She tells her story through a vibrant kaleidoscopic pallet of the voices, including those of McKinley, the assassin Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist Emma Goldman, and many others.She begins her story with Czolgosz s mother s immigration to America in the early 1870s, a proxy for the immigrant journey so common in the period Her struggles and death al [...]


    4. President McKinley was shot by an anarchist in 1901 During the president s tenure, theatrical skills and gerrymandering threatened to destroy democracy, the pros and cons of protective business tariffs were debated, unions battled unfair employment practices, Puerto Rico and Hawaii grew connected to the US, and the Spanish lost the Spanish American war, leaving Cuba independent I knew none of these things prior to reading Joanna Higgins The Anarchist But I learned them all as I followed the liv [...]


    5. This is a fictionalized account of the lives of a few well known anarchists, surrounding the incident of the assassination of U.S President McKinley by Leon Czolgosz U.S government agents decided Czolgosz was directed or incited by the anarchist Emma Goldman, whose political activities they desperately wanted to stop, and attempted to convict her of treason.Higgins tells the story from several perspectives, making the coming together of these incidents and the interactions of these people, fasci [...]


    6. Talk about some intriguing and complex characters Rarely do you see such passionate and devout beliefs in characters However, these aren t just characters These were people who did exist These events weren t just conjured up in the author s mind I think anyone who enjoys their fair share of history would enjoy reading this book This isn t just told by one person or even two This book involves several major players and tells everything from their first person point of views You see how each perso [...]


    7. This interesting take on the period preceding and following the McKinley assassination focused most heavily on Emma Goldman Apparently Goldman was thought by many yo be s conspirator in the assassination The book starts off slowly and the language is simple SNF straightforward There are a fee skips in time or occurrences that left Mr puzzled Higgins did a great deal of fictionalizing the thoughts of all the characters, it is curious she didn t fill in the gap between Leon being at home and sudde [...]


    8. Historical fiction with a psychological perspective Each chapter is narrated by its primary subject, all historical figures from the gilded age, including Anarchist Emma Goldman, William McKinley, and his assassin, Leon Czolgosz The author observes the internal conflicts she believes dominated the minds of these characters, particularly Goldman as she endured the harassment and persecution faced by Anarchist leaders of the time, which reached a crescendo after the assassin s deed Czolgosz is por [...]


    9. Interesting format as it goes from character to character and their thoughts and vantages Was not very familiar with the anarchists so was interesting to learn.


    10. Stories and backstories told from several perspectives, culminating in the assassination of President William McKinley Excellent historical fiction with a very personal feel.



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