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Requiem for a Princess Hardcover – 1 Jun 1967

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Atheneum (Jun. 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689206348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689206344
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,946,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the age of 16, Willow Forrester discovers she is adopted which throws her life into turmoil. Bitter and resentful that her parents have never told her, Willow is taken on a wonderful journey into the past and into self discovery which enables her to rebuild her broken feelings for her parents and to build upon who she really is.

This haunting story takes Willow back into the 16th century as a connection is made with a Spanish Princess, Isabel de Calverados, whose portrait hangs in Penliss Manor. Isabel, like Willow was adopted by the Tresilian family who had lived at Penliss for generations and as Willow becomes consumed by the need to discover Isabel's story, the more she begins to understand her own feelings as Isabel connects with her through her dreams.

This story touches finely on the thoughts and feelings you have as an adolescent, the connections that you feel you make with something that is unique to you and the reaction of growing up and discovering more about your life. It's quality of presenting the supernatural elements is beautiful and thought provoking, the imagery of the past and present is deep with meaning and the characters vital to Willows story are played out sensitively.

As Willow becomes at peace, her gift for playing the piano grows and as she finally masters Ravels 'Pavane for a Dead Infanta' does she dedicate the song to Isabel, to thank her for connecting with her and helping her to connect with herself and her much loved parents.

Thought evoking, emotionally intelligent, sensitive and gently beautiful.
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I read this book when I was about 12, I remember renewing it from the library again and again. I managed to get hold of a copy for my daughter when she was 10 and she loved it, it caught her imagination as much as it caught mine, despite the 35 years between us. It is a beautifully written, timeless and haunting story - highly recommended by both of us!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a1f0660) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x8a80c660) out of 5 stars A young woman solves a mystery about the past. 27 Jan. 1999
By Polaris48@excite.com or Holly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I first read this when I was about twelve and it has stuck in my mind ever since. The story is set in a huge old house on the coast of England. The main character has strange dreams about one of the old portraits-a portrait of a girl who was shipwrecked and adopted by the family over one hundred years ago. These dreams open a barrage of questions-who was the girl? What was her fate? An excellent book for young adults.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a80c6b4) out of 5 stars a book you'll remember 5 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book more than 30 years ago and remembered it well enough to look it up today. Haunting and touching, it speaks to young girls without preaching or talking down. It's not current or modern, but rather classic and timeless.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8aa482d0) out of 5 stars A Story With Staying Power 30 Dec. 1999
By Shelly Pawlikowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book as an adolescent; about 21 years ago, and it and "The Saracen Lamp" had a very profound affect on my life and my interests. Well written and stimulating, with extreme lasting power, I have thought of this book every year since I have read it.
I would love to see it back in print. Few books since have imprinted themselves as deeply on my soul.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a80c93c) out of 5 stars Haunting and never forgotten 12 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book 20 years ago. It has remained with me ever since. Set on the West Country coast of England, it portrays the setting and the thoughts and feelings of a young girl with fantastic sympathy and eloquence.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a80cc60) out of 5 stars An author whose work should be brought back! 18 Jan. 2012
By bookfreak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely, captivating book that intermediate readers will love. I worked my way through everything Ruth M. Arthur wrote when I was in 6th grade, and I'm sorry to see that her books have gone out of print. The story involves Willow, a musically-gifted young English girl whose parents are unwilling to let her pursue her dream of training as a concert pianist. The story continues with a startling discovery about her past, a stay on the Cornish coast, traveling into the past through her dreams and the resolution of her conflict with her parents, a new-found sense of who she is and a clear path to a promising future. It's exciting, mysterious and wonderful!
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