Lady Liberty. The imperious statue that towers over New York Harbor. The robe-draped form that stands as an emblem for truth and liberty. The figure we now unconsciously equate to the hopes and dreams of America. But what is her purpose? What is her story?
In Lady Liberty, Doreen Rappaport delivers the story, not just of a statue, but of the people who made her. True, we don’t know their hometown or date of birth, but through their passionate involvement in the project of Liberty, we feel that we know them at their finest. Every few pages are “narrated” by one of the people involved in Liberty’s construction – Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor; Marie Simon, Bartholdi’s assistant; Emma Lazarus, composer of Liberty’s inscription; Florence de Foreest, a monetary contributor; Joseph Pulitzer, a publisher who promoted the construction, and the list goes on.
The text’s style is heavily poetic, but without a rhyming scheme. The arrangement of the text in separate lines, rather than paragraphs, aids this lyrical feel, as does the complete, almost isolated thoughts presented in each sentence.
The Greek goddess ‘Libertas’ is mentioned.
Conclusion. Excellent. Read in conjunction with The Story of the Statue of Liberty.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret