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Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger Saga) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jan 2014
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"At age 13, I survived almost entirely on green apple Jolly Ranchers and Flowers in the Attic, and to this day I can't look at the book without my mouth watering. My much loved copy must have come from a supermarket (it was impossible to go to a supermarket in the '80s to, say, secretly stock up on green apple Jolly Ranchers, without a V.C. Andrews book lurking by checkout)... I loved that book.
The narrator, Cathy, who ages from 12 to 15 over the course of the story, is part princess (she is locked in a tower; she is beset by cruel foes; she has long, perfect hair until the grandmother tars it one night), and part witch (she's tantrum-prone, pessimistic, cynical). Basically, I adored her because she is like all girls around the age of 13: at turns sulky, giving, selfish, charming, nasty and heroic.
Flowers in the Attic is most famous for the fact that Cathy and her brother fall in love. It's a weird, strangely old-fashioned love story (and is Chris ever the stuff of teenage dreams: handsome, brilliant, extravagantly chivalrous), but it's not what hooked me. What kept me circling around to the beginning was that hyper-Gothic female evil. The emotionally cold, physically abusive grandmother. The cloying, manipulative, mind-warping mother. It felt so new and stunning to me -- these witches who seemed quite real. I devoured the sequels less to learn about Cathy's tragic love story than to see what kind of woman Cathy became -- princess, witch, a bit of both? -- and what she'd do with all those awful urges she inherited."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, as related on NPR's All Things Considered
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THIS IS THE EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL THAT HAS CAPTURED MILLIONS IN ITS SPELL!
All across America and around the world, millions of readers have been captivated by this strange, dark, terrifying tale of passion and peril in the lives of four innocent children, locked away from the world by a selfish mother.
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC is the novel that began launched the extraordinary career of V.C. Andrews "RM", winning her an immediate and fiercely devoted worldwide following; today there are more than 85 million copies of her books in print. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Recovering from a serious illness I was given this book to 'take my mind off things'and I will be forever grateful to the author for aiding my recovery and for helping me to re-discover my passion.
From the first page I was hooked, the family became my own and the children mine.The book includes every kind of emotion, anger, sadness,happines, shock and surprise and as I read of the cruelty the children endured I experienced them all.These people were real. Cathy and Chris being the main charactures for most of the book were brother and sister drawn together by horrific circumstances facing every nightmare imaginable in an effort to keep themselves and the two younger children alive.When they realised their adored mother had abandoned them their love wilts and revenge takes its place.
The book left me breathless and eager for the next installment and thank god their was one. Whilst the following books did not have the same impact as this they are well worth a read and the prequel a real shocker!
Although, this is a tale of love as well, and leaves you feeling horrified and bemused at how the mother could do what she did to her own children.
Shocking, absorbing and a truly incredible tale.
It is a cliche but this book is so bad that it is good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story is as great as I remembered from reading this as a teen. However this edition is very cheap, smaller than standard paperbacks and thin paperPublished 17 days ago by Clarabelle
I first read this book in my twenties and loved it. I’d have given it five stars then. I could appreciate the subtle psychology of the desperate relationships between siblings... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vanda Denton
As good as the first time I read it as a teenager. Brilliant. I hope the sequels all come on Amazon.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
The author's writing style isn't good; the characters' speech feels so unnatural, practically lapsing into narration in some parts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by NotSherlock
This book is absolutely fantastic with a surprise waiting around every corner. Just as you thought everything was going to be OK, something bad dashes the idea. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miss Maisie Williams