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ISBN: 0446530840
Author: William Martin
Language: English
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 29, 2003)
Pages: 592
Category: Action & Adventure
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 224
Size Fb2: 1688 kb
Size ePub: 1336 kb
Size Djvu: 1794 kb
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Now you understand Harvard Yard. In the book "Forever" the main character lives for generations and can acurately describe life from those years in detail because he's lived them. Martin is such an eerie writer in all his historical books that you would think he has done the same.

Now you understand Harvard Yard. He weaves you into this tale and you become part of the family

Harvard Yard is the third book I've read by William Martin.

Picking up where his runaway bestseller Back Bay left off, William. Harvard Yard is the third book I've read by William Martin. He skillfully takes readers back into another time and returns to a present day mystery; like reading two novels at the same time. The way William Martin weaves the two stories together is masterful.

I returned to Harvard, in more ways than one, to write this book and continue the process of figuring out an institution of modern complexity built upon a foundation of ancient tradition.

Hachette Book Group USA. 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017. I returned to Harvard, in more ways than one, to write this book and continue the process of figuring out an institution of modern complexity built upon a foundation of ancient tradition. Many people were willing to help me bring form to the contours of Harvard history, accuracy to the details of Harvard life, and insight into the workings of Harvard itself.

Achieving such a thing would be a Sisyphean task, the work of generations, perhaps unfinished when that packet of letters was opened in another century. ved could be beaten in her own lifetime: slavery. Every Tuesday, Lydia directed her driver to take her down Brattle Street-the new name of the Watertown Road-across the Great Bridge, and into Boston. There, she would stop on Beacon Hill and pick up her grandniece, Dorothy.

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Mixing fact and fiction, blending the past and present, this treasure hunt unveils the story of Harvard as it grows from a one-room schoolhouse to America's most famous university.

by. Martin, William, 1950-.

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Harvard Yard (Peter Fallon). Bound for Gold continues New York Times bestselling author William Martin's epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington

Harvard Yard (Peter Fallon). Bound for Gold continues New York Times bestselling author William Martin's epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington.

William Martin is an American author of historical novels, a native of Boston, MA. William Martin grew up in West Roxbury and Roslindale, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 1972 where he majored in English. He went into construction to raise money to move to Hollywood and then studied motion pictures at the University of Southern California.

Picking up where his runaway bestseller "Back Bay" left off, William Martin returns to Boston, this time bringing the history of Harvard University vibrantly to life.

Comments:

Gavinranadar
Every time I read a novel by William Martin, I feel so lucky to have found him and have long since elevated him to my favorite author list. I’ve yet to read a bad or even an “OK” book by him. They all hold precious real estate on my best book shelf. I can now add that his Peter Fallon series is among my favorite series of all…ever. This series combines many of my favorite genres: historical fiction, historical mystery, and modern day thrillers, all in a single superb novel. They can be read as stand alones but it would be better to read them in order.

This is the second of the Peter Fallon books and the first thing I noticed is that we’ve jumped a number of years forward from the end of the last book. Peter is now a well-regarded antiquarian book dealer and has stumbled across a clue to a long lost, never before known, Shakespearean play titled ‘Love’s Labours Won’, a companion to his well-known play with a similar name. In the hands of a lesser author such a premise would strike me immediately with thoughts like ‘here we go again’ and ‘haven’t I seen this before’ and I would most probably pass it by in search of a better book to read. But since it is William Martin, I knew I was in for an amazing journey.

As in the first book of the series, chapters alternate between the present day Peter Fallon mystery/thriller plot where he hunts for further clues to the history behind the lost play, all the time being hounded by rivals willing to kill for such a valuable find, and the past whereby we get to witness history unfold and actually see what happened along the way. Every time Peter uncovers a new piece of the puzzle we get to then go back and see how that actually came to be. This leads to a fascinating, page-turning read.
There are numerous historical characters in this novel as you might imagine considering we get to travel through all of American history from 1605 to the present, following the fictional Wedge family and their caretaker approach to the Shakespearean manuscript. In 1605, a good friend to Shakespeare, Robert Harvard, received the play as a gift and it is his son, John Harvard who was instrumental in founding the first college in America. The setting for most of this novel is Harvard University and, indeed, it really becomes a character in and of itself. So many major American historical figures graduated from Harvard or taught there, or both and the novel benefits from all of them. Major events and eras such as the Puritan’s witch burning, the fires of the Civil War, the riots of the 1960’s and famous figures such as Cotton Mather, heroes of the Boston Tea Party and the Revolutionary War, through the era of Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Joe and Jack Kennedy, etc. etc. all play out on the Harvard stage. And through it all runs the thread of the lost Shakespearean play.

I must say, I have never been a huge fan of Harvard University. Not sure why really other than a life-long image of an old stodgy institution that seemed in a world all its own and so not for a common sort of fellow like myself. But this novel really opened up my eyes about Harvard and helped me to appreciate its history and what it stands for. Just the fact that Harvard (formed initially in 1636 and known as ‘New College’) was renamed for John Harvard in 1639 because of his gift of his personal library of some 400 books is awesome. And to see the school meander its way through history, witness its ups and downs, its triumphs and controversies, is really to watch the evolution of the entire country as well.

The patriarch of the fictional Wedge family and good friend to John Harvard, Isaac Wedge was fond of saying “A man is best known by his books”. That is a sentiment that I can certainly relate to and I am proud to count this book among my own library.
Leyl
I recently read City of Dreams and enjoyed author Martin's twist of history and mystery. The adventures of antiquarian Peter Fallon ("Indiana Jones in a monogrammed shirt") are both entertaining and educational. In this outing we are treated to the history of Harvard University and a missing work of Shakespeare. Along the way many seminal events in U.S. history are covered including the Salem witch trials, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and the protest era of the 1960s.

I was fascinated by the story of commonplace books and their role in the novel. These are basically scrapbooks whose owners filled with them with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas - basically they are aids for remembering useful concepts or facts.

Also interesting is Martin's take on the upper crust of Harvard through the years ("...some guys never get over the fact that they didn't get into Harvard, and some guys never get over the fact that they did"). Great lines abound throughout including: "To have order in society, there must be a chain of being", "I've always believed that any club is useless, unless it exists to keep somebody out", and the one that is key to the plot..."A man, he knew, would be known by his books."
Amhirishes
Peruse your family tree and go back as far as you dare. Your triple great grandma Kathryn who walked with poets (mine, being Irish, was George Bernard Shaw). See that old house they lived in and passed down through the generations? Climb up on the rain barrel and pull yourself up to the windowsill and eavesdrop for a few hundred years. Listen to the family laugh, argue, disinherit, hide their secrets, air their grievances - and stay there until you are born. Now you understand Harvard Yard. In the book "Forever" the main character lives for generations and can acurately describe life from those years in detail because he's lived them. Martin is such an eerie writer in all his historical books that you would think he has done the same. He weaves you into this tale and you become part of the family. He transports you into pre-Harvard days of cow pastures and puritan ideas and moves you ever so gently through the years, personalities, wars, fires, deaths, births and secrets that when you reach the end of the book and gently awake in 2007 you are homesick to do it again. Read this book after the Lost Constitution and Back Bay. Martin has graduated from Harvard and he has the history ingrained in his writing. Listen as he spins the delicate fabricate of the hallowed halls of learning and you, like myself, will become one of his truest fans.
Steelrunner
Always enjoy William Martin's historical fiction. I like the way he takes his readers back into another time and returns to a present day mystery that connects the past to the present. However, I struggled with this one trying to keep my characters straight. This could have been because I wasn't able to read for long periods of time (usually right before bedtime) and it wasn't staying with me so I slogged through this. I have to say that I continued to read although I was struggling which is not my normal behavior. Life is too short and there are so many good books out there. But Martin's books have proven to be worth a little extra attention so I stayed with it and am glad I did. Good, but not his best.
Flash_back
I really liked the history of Harvard University presented in the historical fiction book. I am rating it a 4 instead of 5 because the ending seemed to drag on long after the real story ended, causing me to forgo reading the last 25-30 pages. Still, all in all, an enjoyable read, esp. if you have read Back Bay by Wm. Martin and I’d you enjoy learning about the history of Boston.
Musical Aura Island
Another great book by William Martin!!! Lots of hunting for the "treasure" and a look into the past that comes alive. Bullets whizz and plots within plots! A totally exciting read! ????

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