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Forever Amber (Rediscovered Classics) (Original 1944; 2000. Auflage)

von Kathleen Winsor (Autor)

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Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England-- that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary-- and extraordinary-- men and women, Amber experiences it all. But throughout her trials and escapades, she remains, in her heart, true to the one man she really loves, the one man she can never have. Frequently compared to "Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber" is the other great historical romance, outselling every other American novel of the 1940s-- despite being banned in Boston for its sheer sexiness. A book to read and reread, this edition brings back to print an unforgettable romance and a timeless masterpiece.… (mehr)
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Titel:Forever Amber (Rediscovered Classics)
Autoren:Kathleen Winsor (Autor)
Info:Chicago Review Press (2000), Edition: 8th Print, 976 pages
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Amber von Kathleen Winsor (1944)

  1. 40
    Glück und Unglück der berühmten Moll Flanders von Daniel Defoe (joririchardson)
    joririchardson: Both books are the tales of unscrupulous women doing whatever they can to succeed.
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    Vom Winde verweht von Margaret Mitchell (avalon_today)
    avalon_today: They are both scandalous women. I feel a love hate relationship for both shelf-centered women.
  3. 20
    Das karmesinrote Blütenblatt von Michel Faber (Booksloth)
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Forever Amber feels like a case of “don’t judge a book by its cover”… or by its Goodreads rating. Clocking in at 4 stars, this historical fiction about a woman making her way up in the a man’s world seemed like it might be up my alley… Unfortunately, I was mistaken. The protagonist, Amber St. Clare, is an unlikable character with few qualities to recommend her: narcissistic, capricious, and manipulative. She is a Restoration-era Scarlett O’Hara, minus the personal growth. Amber’s naked ambitions and careless actions lead to the deaths of at least five people and the misery of many others. The worst thing about Amber though is that she’s simply not interesting. Having an unlikable protagonist can work if they have some worthy quality to counterbalance their unlikability, whether it be intelligence, charisma, etc. Gillian Flynn, for example, writes fantastic female villains with agency:

“I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either).”

Amber, on the other hand, comes across as the grossly incompetent colleague who somehow managed to fail her way up. Her only redeeming attributes are her looks. While beauty will get you far in the real world, it doesn’t work so well in literature. Even Amber’s resourcefulness is related to her reliance on the men around her. In the last quarter of the book, Amber does something remotely redeemable but too little, too late. Getting through the tomb of a novel (nearly 1000 pages in the Chicago Review Press edition) was a slog, and the one thing that kept me reading was the hope for Amber to either get some character growth or her comeuppance (à la “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”). Suffice to say, Forever Amber was not my cup of tea. Your mileage may vary. ( )
1 abstimmen hianbai | May 26, 2020 |
An amazing story of one woman's life and her survival in Europe as an independant. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
I don't know why, but I can't resist novels that have plot lines involving the plague... this one is a wonderfully cheesy historical romance that has the added cachet of having been banned in Boston. A classic bodice ripper. ( )
  LizoksBooks | Dec 15, 2018 |
Amber (the character) may be tiresome at times, but I think it's fair to say that the book is compulsively readable. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
This is not nearly as scandalous as it's reputation would have it. Maybe it was a scarlet novel back when it was written, but it's exceedingly tame by today's standards. But it's a nice historical romance, entertaining. ( )
  Lit_Cat | Dec 9, 2017 |
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Bradford, Barbara TaylorVorwortCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Salas, OlaviÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England-- that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary-- and extraordinary-- men and women, Amber experiences it all. But throughout her trials and escapades, she remains, in her heart, true to the one man she really loves, the one man she can never have. Frequently compared to "Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber" is the other great historical romance, outselling every other American novel of the 1940s-- despite being banned in Boston for its sheer sexiness. A book to read and reread, this edition brings back to print an unforgettable romance and a timeless masterpiece.

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