Newly discovered nearly 130 years after it was written, Louisa May Alcott's most exciting and controversial work is finally available to the public in paperback. This is the suspenseful story of obsessive love so modern, it could have been ripped from today's headlines--and so thrilling, readers will be riveted until the last heart-pounding page. ...
Newly discovered nearly 130 years after it was written, Louisa May Alcott's most exciting and controversial work is finally available to the public in paperback. This is the suspenseful story of obsessive love so modern, it could have been ripped from today's headlines--and so thrilling, readers will be riveted until the last heart-pounding page. Soon to be an NBC-TV miniseries. A LG featured selection.
This is the sort of novel Professor Bhaer warned Jo March NOT to write. That said, I found it a delightfully melodramatic romance in the traditional sense of the word, filled with real suspense. A true page-turner.
Feb 1, 2010
What an intriguing title!
This if one of the greatest suspense/love stories ever. Amazing and the language of the time - the way the author wrote, her style so romantic and engaging. Could hardly put the book down. I've listened to the the audio cassette of this book a dozen times. It is a fantastic story. It has a heartbreaking end as foretold by the title - but what drama, suspense, and emotions. Ignatius - if only I could meet you in real life! Even the villain of the story could have been played by Clark Gable! And Rosamund, fair Rose - could a woman like this really exist - beautiful in spirit, soul, and body. I look forward to reading more of Lousia May Alcott's books. This one was far ahead of her time.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-07-17 This romantic cliffhanger about a woman pursued by her ex-lover, a relentless stalker, seems sprung from today's headlines. Yet Alcott (1832-1888) wrote it more than a century and a quarter ago, in 1866 (two years before the appearance of Little Women), only to see it rejected it as ``too sensational'' by the magazine that had requested it. The novel has remained unpublished until now. Its heroine, the lonely, trusting 18-year-old Rosamond Vivian, who lives with her flinty, unloving grandfather on an English island, falls for the cynical, suave Phillip Tempest, who's nearly twice her age. He whisks her off to his Mediterranean villa near Nice, promising to marry her, but when she discovers that he is secretly married (and strongly suspects that he has murdered the son he never acknowledged), Rosamond flees to Paris, assuming a new identity. Phillip obsessively stalks her for two years, from France, where she seeks refuge in a convent and falls in love with a protective priest, to Germany, where Phillip has her committed to a lunatic asylum; eventually she flees to England. Alcott's portrayals of the pathological Phillip and of the conflicted Rosamondæwho initially clings to her ex-lover, hoping to reform him until she realizes he is a murderous bruteæshow strong psychological insights. This absorbing novel revises our image of a complex and, it is now clear, prescient writer. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild selection; first serial to Ladies Home Journal; film rights to Citadel Entertainment (Sept.)
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