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Elena Hardcover – 1 Jan 1986

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5.0 out of 5 stars Elena Franklin--What a life she lived 23 Feb. 2002
By sneezy - Published on
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Elena Franklin was born in Standhope, CT in 1910 and died of congestive heart failure at age 70. She was considered one of great minds of her time. Though her views were unpopular at times, she had the brains and the guts to stick by them and to admit it on those rare occasions when she was wrong. She had two great loves in her life, never had children and never married.
Elena Franklin never existed. She is a fictional character created by Thomas H. Cook. In this amazing book, Mr. Cook follows Elena from her birth to her death through her older brother's eyes. The premise is that Elena's biography has just been published but William, her brother, doesn't think it captures Elena's true essence, so he writes his own biography of Elena. A writer himself, he had long ago accepted the fact that his contribution to the world would merely be as a footnote in Elena's life. Elena wanted only to be true to her intelligence and at whatever cost. She realized that she missed out on passion and companionship, but she lived the life that she felt was necessary. And I think she died having peace of mind.
This is an incredible book. I was lucky enough to buy it when it was first published and this is one book that I will not lend to anyone. I've probably read ten times and I will be reading it again. It's a book to read when you are at a point in your life when you have to reassess your priorities and think about the life that you have lived. While it is not a fun book, it is ultimately uplifting.
3.0 out of 5 stars Elena has a dream like quality. Although one knows there is a time ... 7 May 2016
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As are all of Thomas H. Cook's novels, Elena has a dream like quality. Although one knows there is a time and place, it is not a place one recognizes and not a time clearly defined.

This novel, alone in Cook's novels, has a significant problem. It is a story of an intelligent woman who understands that she is an alien in a dangerous, life threatening situation which she refuses to leave. Her reason would be more simple if she had nowhere to go and no options once she got there. However, in this case, many people have tried to help her - tried to reason with her and the narrator was desperate to marry her.

This situation is different from a Jew boarding a train in Nazi Germany - those people did not know what fate awaited them. They may have suspected, but they suspected too late. This woman knew that she was marked and still refused to leave. What she stayed behind for was a world which no longer existed. In short, the premise seemed flawed. If one knows that one is not only facing possible death, but a fate worse than death, isn't it reasonable to assume that the person would leave? I think so.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not hard to put down. 6 Aug. 2013
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I have love, love, love Thomas H. Cook ever since I read "A Chatham School Affair" way back when. Since then, I have read every book he has published almost in one sitting. This one, I had to force myself to finish. It lacked the action and mystery of the others and was very boring or maybe the life of an writer is boring. This may have been one of his early books, when he was learning his craft, but if it wasn't for the name of the author, I would never have guessed it was a book written by Cook.I would not recommend it. I gave it 3 stars out of loyalty to the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars This one has been a long time favorite that I first read back in the 90's 25 Jun. 2015
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Weird and twisted, but riveting at the same time. This one has been a long time favorite that I first read back in the 90's. I still enjoy it today. I bought this book for my husband as a birthday gift as he hadn't been able to find it anywhere. So thrilled I could find it through Amazon and give it to him. If you like a good, meaty drama with lots of twists and turns that you will never see coming? Then here you go!
5.0 out of 5 stars sophisticated 26 Dec. 2014
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amazingly stimulating, mature subject, sophisticated
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