Green Darkness Hardcover – 1 Jan 1973
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had read this about 3 times in hardback over the last 30 odd years.
I was delighted to find it on Kindle, but it is so good it only lasted me a few days. Read more
I found the book rather disappointing and over dramatic but maybe the author wanted to keep a gothic atmosphere through out.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was surprised and delighted with Green Darkness. I came across it on Bookbub and so glad I did.
It stands the test of time and hasn't dated. Read more
This book explores past lives in a very sensitive way.
One of my best reads this year
Anya Seton is a fantastic and unusual author
It is worth... Read more
Great book. Great writer. Read her books many years ago and have decided to reread them againPublished 2 months ago by Ann Harris
Brlliant book. If you like ghost stories with a ring of truth, read this.Published 3 months ago by Molly
One of my favourite books, Gripping story that I reluctantly put downPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer