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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (22 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380786443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380786442
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,171,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Judith Ivory book that I have read. The book started out strong and held my attention throughout Louise and Charles' voyage. The dialouge was interesting and the love scenes were excellent!! However, once the two characters reached land, they seemed to lose the qualities which made them so great. Charles becomes ineffectual and self-conscious, while Louise becomes a veritable shrew. There are moments where the old characters do shine through (the bathroom scene and the garden party). I found the scene where Charles gives Louise a black pearl necklace particularly poignant. The characters do seem to collect themselves and move towards a heroic ending. Which is, if a little anti-climatic, still happily ever after.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 1998
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Reading this book, I was hard pressed to figure out who the "beast" of the title really was. True, the "hero" was disfigured and met his lady only under cover of darkness, but the lady in question was no true beauty, either. Much is made of her physical beauty, but she is a very spoiled, sheltered, and selfish 18-year-old with a VERY teenagerish outlook on life. Much is made of her honesty, but she hardly thinks twice about lying to her family and husband about a shipboard romance. Much is made over her desire to make something of her life, but she ends up mooning over her lost love, being cruel to those who love her, and then--pregnant. There is the requisite happy ending, but by that time I was so annoyed with the foolishness of both of them, I really didn't care. In terms of plot, though, the first half of the book is dynamite, a great set-up. The arrival in Marseilles is an expertly written piece of work. And Ivory is true to her characters, even if they do annoy the heck out of you. I won't be keeping this one, but I will remember it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1999
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I found this novel somewhat lacking. It seemed to be missing the beautiful prose found in her books written under the name of Judy Cuevas. Furthermore, I did not find the characters in this book attractive. It seams all of Night/Cuevas' characters are flawed, yet I usually find this endearing. These characters, however are not very endearing, nor memorable. Perhaps, it is the lack of careful self analysis that is found in some of here other books, such as Dance and Black Silk.
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By A Customer on 5 May 1999
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I found the scenes on board ship very good, I thought that Charles and Louise would have some explosive interaction once they reached land. However, he turned into a wimp and she never got over herself. They had promise, but they didn't deliver.
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