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By Ronald L. Davis

ISBN-10: 0806130156

ISBN-13: 9780806130156

Almost 20 years after his dying, John Wayne continues to be America’s favourite celebrity. greater than an actor, Wayne is a cultural icon whose stature turns out to develop with the passage of time. during this illuminating biography, Ronald L. Davis makes a speciality of Wayne’s human aspect, portraying a fancy character outlined by means of frailty and lack of confidence in addition to through braveness and strength.

Davis strains Wayne’s tale from its beginnings in Winterset, Iowa, to his dying in 1979. this isn't a narrative of rapid status: in simple terms after a decade in price range westerns did Wayne obtain severe attention, for his functionality in John Ford’s 1939 movie Stagecoach. From that time on, his abilities and recognition grew as he seemed in such classics as citadel Apache, pink River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet guy, The Searches, the guy who Shot Liberty Valance, and actual Grit. A man’s perfect greater than a woman’s, Wayne earned his recognition with no changing into both an outstanding actor or a intercourse image. In all his movies, regardless of the personality, John Wayne portrayed John Wayne, a character he created for himself: the cruel, gritty loner whose project was once to uphold the frontier’s--and the nation’s--traditional values.

To depict different points of Wayne’s lifestyles and occupation, Davis attracts on quite a number basic and secondary resources, so much significantly specific interviews with the folk who knew Wayne good, together with the actor’s costar Maureen O’Hara and his widow, Pilar Wayne. the result's a well-balanced, hugely enticing portrait of a guy whose deepest id used to be ultimately overshadowed by means of his monitor persona--until he got here to symbolize the USA itself.


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The whip was long. It curled in the air before it landed on the woman’s shoulder. Another soldier was kicking down trays of fruits, squashing papayas with his boots and laughing. (p. 44) The descriptions of the soldiers’ thoughtless brutality and Eugene’s assaults on his family suggest a parallel between national and domestic violence that is made explicit in several other passages in the novel. In addition to the similarity in the bullies’ acts and the likeness between their weapons, the comparison is amplified by the use of identical wording: ‘it landed’ followed by a prepositional phrase functioning as a circumstantial Adjunct of location.

Chapter 4 deals with Ben Okri’s second novel, The Landscapes Within (1981), and the author’s rewriting of this early Künstlerroman under the title Dangerous Love (1996). After a short survey of the main changes implemented by the writer between the two versions of the narrative, the analysis focuses on the linguistic expressions of metaphor in the books. Using conceptual metaphor theory, I examine the linguistic representation of the artistic process in the novels, and argue that metaphor is used more creatively and consistently in the revised version.

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