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Floodtide (German) Hardcover – 1952

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Dial Press; Book Club edition (1952)
  • Language: German
  • ASIN: B000H51BFG
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,452,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jegs11 on 7 Mar. 2008
Born in a shack on Natchez-Under-the-Hill, the abode of cutthroats, thieves, brawling river men and ladies of easy virtue, Ross Pary, when he returned from abroad in 1850, had one goal that loomed as large as the horizon: to reach Natchez-on-the-Hill, where gentlemen planters lived in porticoed mansions with their ladies, in a life of graciousness and ease, attended by swarms of liveried slaves. In measurable space, it was less than a mile between these two worlds of Natchez, but in terms of human achievement, it could be attained only by a climber who refused to recognize its impossibility.

To aid him in his climb, Ross Pary had none of the advantages of birth and little material wealth, but he did have the tongue of a poet, the hand of an artist, the manners of a gentleman, and a deceiving softness that appealed to women with the directness of a new Paris bonnet. It was these women of Natchez, those who "belonged," who were willing to forget his humble origin to give him his first lift towards his goal.

But it was only Morgan Brittany who was certain that she and she alone could control and further his ambitions and desires. Ravishingly lovely, with her black hair and eyes, Morgan's sweet, deceptively innocent expression never ceased to shock those who, like Ross, came to know her intimately. For behind that inviting face was appalling evil; in the twisted recesses of her brain lurked forces of limitless cruelty. Morgan, Ross came to believe hated men; the mainspring of her being was her desire to revenge herself upon the entire masculine sex. And her weapons were the enchantment of her smile, the singing provocation of her body, the voluptuous invitation of her voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mo on 13 Feb. 2011
I read this book when I was 16 and 50 years later I enjoyed it just as much and have encouraged my daughters to read all Frank Yerby books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What can I say about this book 4 April 2009
By A. Woman - Published on
Hmm, what CAN I say about this book? Well, there's never a dull moment, I have to give it that. From the stately plantations of Natchez to the dangerous jungles of Cuba, and all bedrooms inbetween. Ross Pary was born in Natchez-Under-The-Hill, where the poor low life's live. But he has the drive and ambition to make it up on the Hill, where the rich folks live. Ross is in love with Jennie. No, wait, he's in love with Morgan. No, wait, he's in love with Conchita. No, wait, he's in love with Cathy. No, wait, he's not REALLY in love with her. Oh, make up your mind already!

Morgan is your standard, cat-in-heat younger wife of an elderly Southern gentlemen. She's Ka-ra-zy with a capital K, yet all the men in Natchez still keep swarming around her. That's because they're Stupid with a capital S. Want an example? While Ross is passionately kissing Morgan, she shoots him in the side with a small pistol. What does he do next? Why, he drags himself home and starts composing music inspired by Morgan's uninhibited dancing. Because that's what you do when you've been shot, dontcha know.

While the time period is just ten years before the Civil War, the main concern of the book seems to be with the peasant revolution going on in Cuba. Ross follows one of his lady loves to the island and endures all sorts of horrors and hardships. While the experience does change him a bit for a better man, he's still a love slave for Morgan, who is certifiable. This woman needs some serious therapy, I'm tellin' ya. They all need some serious therapy.

So why am I generously giving it two stars? Like I said, there's always something going on. There are no lulls, no dull spots, and surprisingly there are a few characters worth liking. Oh, but as usual concerning books written around this time, do NOT expect any political correctness. No race is safe, and no woman of any race is safe.
Romance novel 17 Mar. 2010
By microjoe - Published on
A romance novel set in the South just before the United States Civil War, but much of the story is set in Cuba. The characters are in love with several different people, included married ones, before they get things sorted out.
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