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Green Darkness Hardcover – 1 Jan 1973

4.4 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T); First Edition edition (Jan. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395139376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395139370
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Perhaps the greatest gifts Anya Seton brings to her historical novels are the zest of her narrative, the life she breathes into the most insignificant characters, and the atmosphere she evokes around them.' Books and Bookmen

'Her most intriguing and ambitious novel to date . . . an exciting and suspenseful story' Liverpool Daily Post --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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Tudor England brought to life in all its glory and bloodthirstiness, from the bestselling author of KATHERINE. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2008
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I first read this book some thirty odd years ago and really enjoyed it. It was also my first introduction to the author, who is a master storyteller and wonderful writer of historical fiction. Seeing this book on my shelf, I decided to read it again. Time has certainly not diminished the capacity of this well-written book to entertain the reader.

This is a tale of star-crossed lovers and reincarnation. It is a story of passion and love that transcends time and is really two stories. One takes place in the twentieth century and the other in sixteenth century Tudor England. Combining history, romance, and suspense, it will keep the reader turning the pages.

When, after a whirlwind courtship, titled Englishman, Richard Marsdon, marries Celia Taylor, a young American heiress, it seems to be a fairytale romance. It had simply been love at first sight. While living in his ancestral home with Celia, however, Richard seems to change, withdrawing from Celia emotionally. Celia finds the change almost incomprehensible, but she, too, is having her own issues with her strange sense of deja vu. All things came to a head when they throw a house party, and something happens that causes Celia to hover between life and death.

As luck would have it, present at the time is a medical doctor and master of mysticism, Dr. Akananda. He senses that Celia must relive her past in order to understand and survive her present. The book then segues into sixteenth century Tudor England, where Celia was a young and beautiful woman, working as a servant in a nobleman's home. It explores her life and the passion that was to dominate her, body and soul.
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This is my all-time favourite book.
It is a compelling tale which beautifully links past and present with the ideas of reincarnation and unending love. It is based on archeological evidence and historical mysteries, and born in the atmosphere of ancient castles, monasteries and manor houses.
A truly original story that can be read over and over again, but can't ever be forgotton.
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I first read Anya Seaton when I was 12 or 13 (about 30 years ago!) and was completely hooked. Miss Seaton's prose was good enough so that you were never brought back to earth with a jolt because of a cliché or an awkward phrase. Her characterisation was excellent and thoroughly believable. Of her many books of historical fiction, I would recommend both Katharine and Green Darkness as her best.
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When I first read this book I did not finish it as it was a bit spooky when I was 18 years old. Recently I re-read it at the ripe old age of 46 and it still made my spine tingle with that ESP sensation of deja-vu! It is based on a true story after the discovery of bones during the renovation of Igtham Motte, which had been bought by an American. The Brown family did exist and the people named in the novel were uncannily like some people of my accquaintance. We are all supposed to have lived past lives but this book was extremely close to the bone!
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Set mainly in the emotive, verdant countryside of Kent and Surrey in south-east England, this is a rich and intertwining piece of historical fiction.
The story is wrapped around the real life, ninteenth century discovery of the skeleton of a young girl who had been walled up in the country house of Ightam Mote in Kent.
The main asset of this book is the middle, and longest section, set during the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Here, we follow the fortunes of a benedictine monk, and the young and beautiful Celia Bohun, who are drawn irresistably towards their fateful end. In this section of the book the action is gripping, and is wound around real historical events and people, that give the book an added zest and poignancy. Furthermore, the characterisation is profound, and bestows on the protagonists the three dimensional life that should be the aim of all fiction.
One is slightly disappointed by the nemisis of the main characters towards the end, in the unfolding of the inspiration for the book. Without giving too much away, it is dealt with in a somewhat perfunctory manner, not with all the horror and tragedy that one would expect from the tense buildup. Celia's way of meeting her end, in particular, seems weak coming from a girl who has hitherto showed such spirit and defiance.
Unfortuantely, the historical section is sandwiched between two modern periods, where another set of corresponding characters are dealing with the chaos thrown up by the tragedy in their former lives. It is this section of the book that detracts from the whole, and is less convincing. Strangely, the characterisation is thin, and the modern day aristocrats seem weak, stilted and unconvincing.
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Green Darkness is my very favourite Seton, and got me into trouble on it's first reading (years ago) as I was actually also reading it at work - for I couldn't bear to be parted from the story for those long nine hours!

Back then, the topic of reincarnation wasn't so popular, and this is a fantastic way to become more familiar, plus also the message of "reaping what we sow" as we pass through our various lives is strong. Even for someone knowledgeable on the subject, the story itself is a gripping "read".

Be prepared to leave the mundane everyday jobs to pile up - as you're drawn into this fanastic story!
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