Book Review: 'Jacob's Hands'
Sharon Stone tracked down this unpublished ”fable,” now over a half century old, after reading about it in Isherwood’s diaries. Filled more with campy drama than fabulist wisdom, it features a ranch hand with miraculous healing powers who cures his boss’ crippled daughter, follows her to Los Angeles, where she pursues stardom, then ultimately loses her to the millionaire he cures of a heart condition. Written in the stilted language of a screenplay (”We sense the chronic bad feeling between these two people … ”), Jacob’s Hands is dead on the page. But the plot is clever: Overhaul its cardboard characters and freshen up its stale dialogue, and it’ll fly in Hollywood. C