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The Carousel

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,815 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Celebrate life's journeys with the beloved author whose stories of life and love have touched the world.

Return to the sun-drenched settings of The Shell Seekers and the rich emotion of Coming Home, as Rosamunde Pilcher takes you on an unforgettable journey of the heart. It is the passage of a young woman from a relationship that has become too tame and predictable to the e...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 15th 1991 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1982)
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Nikoleta
Το πρωτο βιβλιο της Πιλτσερ που διαβαζω. Δεν μπορει να πει κανεις αυτο το βιβλιο συναρπαστικο, ουτε φυσικα αγωνιωδες. Βεβαια οταν κανεις πιανει στα χερια του βιβλιο της συγκεκριμενης συγγραφεως δεν θα επρεπε να περιμενει τετοιου ειδους συναισθηματα. Αντιθετως, οι παμπολες περιγραφες των τοπίων, των ηρώων κ των συναισθημάτων τους, προκαλούν μια χαλαρότητα στον αναγνώστη. Οι ήρωες είναι απλοικοι κ βιώνουν καταστάσεις ρεαλιστικές, καθημερινές με μικροανατροπές που εν τέλει τους βοηθουν να αναθεωρήσ...more
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THis Saturday's Charming story that convinced me once more why I love a Rosamunde Pilcher read...

Contemporary conflicts developed and resolved within it's 233 pages. tissues required.
believable characters who are likeable. relatable issues. well defined description of recognizable locales...

EnJoyable reading!
Sharon
Pilcher is a wonderful writer: beautiful language and clear images. This is one of her older stories, and I thought for a while that it was somehow related to "The Shell Seekers." However, it turned out that it was all the "P" ...more Pilcher is a wonderful writer: beautiful language and clear images. This is one of her older stories, and I thought for a while that it was somehow related to "The Shell Seekers." However, it turned out that it was all the "P" names (Phoebe and Prue vs. Penelope),...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
Απογοητεύτηκα. Έργο της Πίλτσερ είναι αυτό; Καταρχάς είναι σύντομο. Κατά δεύτερον είναι επιφανειακό, ρηχό και σχεδόν βιαστικό. Η Πρου, εν όψει γάμου με έναν επιφανή δανδή της καλής κοινωνίας, για τον οποίο έχει αμφιβολίες ως προς τι νιώθει γι' αυτόν, πάει στην Κορνουάλη σε μια εκκεντρική θεία της για να τη φροντίσει τώρα που έσπασε το χέρι της. Εκεί γνωρίζει έναν γοητευτικό καλλιτέχνη (που τον ερωτεύετεαι) και ένα αθώο, κλειστό και σιωπηλό κοριτσάκι. Το κοριτσάκι το ξαπέστειλε βιαστικά ο πατέρας...more
Julie
What I like about Pilcher is I can pick her up any time and just read. She grabs me from the first page. I have read this at least once before, but only really remembered a small part. It was a very quick read and a great book for escape reading. They are romances but very very light on the romance part, which i like. and this one takes place in cornwall, which is a setting i enjoyed a lot.

And here I am a year and a half later having read it again.
Marina Andreou
Για να πω την αληθεια την ειχα ακουστα την συγραφεα,δεν ετυχε να παρω καποιο βιβλιο τις αλλα ακουσα καλα σχολεια.Σημερα το βρικα σε προσφορα και το αγορασα απο 16 ευρω τωρα σχεδον 9.90.Και επειδη διαβαζω ετσι τυπου βιβλια ειπα να το ρισκαρω.Αν εκανα καλα,ετσι και ετσι απλως το ηθελα πιο ζωντανο,ειχε παρα πολλες λεπτομερειες και περιγραφες τις κορνουαλης.Οχι οτι δεν ηταν καλο,απεναντιας...αλλα με κουραζε σε καποια σημεια.αλλα παραμενι για ενα ελαφρυ απογευμα με μια λεμοναδα ενα ωραιο βιβλιο.Ειναι...more
Dora
Στην αρχή αργό. Στη συνέχεια απολύτως προβλέψιμο. Ένα ανάγνωσμα για το καλοκαίρι, με τη γνωστή "ατμόσφαιρα" της Πίλτσερ.
Camilla
I didn't much care for the story. It ended well, but it was too brief and unbelievable. In this rare instance, I felt that the story would have been more realistic and believable if it had not ended so happily. And the title of the book refers to a toy carousel that really had nothing to do with the story. I didn't see a purpose to the protagonist at all--she was unambitious and untalented, but somehow she had caught the eye of a vagabond artist. We readers are meant to care about these two char...more
Kathy
Every so often, I leave my chosen world of non-fiction for a breath of fresh, fictional air. Rosamunde Pilcher takes me to Cornwall - or Scotland, or other places in Great Britain - where I plunge into a plethora of old-fashioned British words that take me to the rural countryside and to towns named Porthkerris and small trains that trundle through "cuttings" and and villages almost always on bluffs sweeping down to the sea and delightful characters that capture my interest immediately. She give...more
Sue
Prue Shackleton heads to Cornwall to spend time with her aunt Phoebe who had her arm in a cast and needed some help. Prue had loved spending time with Phoebe when Prue was growing up and said she'd come, instead of spending her vacation going to Scotland with her boyfriend Nigel. On the train, Prue meets Charlotte Collis, a 10 yr old girl who also happens to be going to Cornwall. Small town - Charlotte is the granddaughter of Mrs. Tolliver who lives quite close to Phoebe and often spends time w...more
Kyle Moore
This book does not get the title of the worst book out there, but it is certainly up there with the rest of them. Not that this book was entirely terrible, but there were some things that annoyed me so much that I could not get over them.

For instance, the main character Prue fell for Daniel too hard, and then instantly went back to him even though he had been a total jerk to everyone. I mean, it only took Prue two days to think that Daniel had been the one for her, and there was no reason for wh...more
JayeL
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Jina Howell-Forbes
I am a huge fan of Rosamunde Pilcher, and my eventual plan is to read every book she has ever written. That said, however, I must admit that this book was a disappointment. I almost made a new shelf for this book labeled "So what?". There was nothing wrong with the book, and to its credit it had lots of the wonderful descriptions of both scenery and climate that Rosamunde does as well or better than anyone. The trouble was, this time Rosamunde just didn't get me to particularly care about any of...more
Emma
I like the way the author writes, but this book was kind of boring and predictable. I like that the main character was independent and didn't go along with how she was expected to behave.

I will try reading other books by this author.
Elise McCune
The Carousel was a quick (novella size) enjoyable read. Rosamunde Pilcher makes you believe her characters are people you know. I guessed what was coming with each chapter but kept reading anyway. Read it on holidays or on a rainy afternoon in winter with a cup of hot chocolate at your elbow.
Sue
This is a lovely book! Prue goes to stay with her eccentric aunt, and on the way meets a delightful ten-year-old girl. One or two coincidences early in the book, but quite acceptable in light of the wonderful characterisation and wonderful plot. Very moving in places.

On re-reading seven years after the last time, I found myself totally engrossed once more, having forgotten many of the details. The carousel of the title is only a small part of the story; the relationships are what matter. Someho...more
Mary
Jul 25, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Prue is intelligent, artistic, independent - and bored. Pressurized by her mother to make a conventional and dull marriage, she escapes London and goes to her aunt's house in Cornwall. Surrounded by the peacefulness of nature, Prue begins to de-stress and find herself again.

Walking along the beach one day, she meets a young, attractive artist. She determines not to rest until she discovers what is troubling him. I truly enjoy Rosamunde Pilcher as an author and I did enjoy this book, however, if...more
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Kristine
Prue lives in London working at an art gallery, but takes a leave of absence to head down to Cornwall to stay with her aunt Phoebe who is recovering from a fall and cannot drive. On the train, Phoebe meets little Charlotte, who is travelling alone to visit her grandma. As it turns out, Charlotte knows Phoebe and Prue knows Charlotte's grandma. When Daniel (a young popular artist)comes to visit Phoebe, Prue becomes smitten. Daniel will end up playing an important part in Charlotte's life when her...more
Lisagoegan
A good first book to read after surgery. Fluffy, but with capable plotting and characterization as well as a happy ending.
Tine
Sep 15, 2012 Tine added it
Rosamund Pilcher takes us back to Cornwall, and into the life of Prue, a young artist who is pressured by her mother to marry at 23. She went to Cornwall to visit her bohemian aunt, Phoebe, who has a broken arm by accident. On the train, she meet a little unhappy girl, Charlotte, who was being sent to Cornwall by his businessman father to live with her grandmother, who happens to be Phoebe's neighbor. In Cornwall, Prue meet Daniel, a famous artist who happens to be Phoebe's friend. Their lives i...more
Devin Lind
Short and sweet little thing. Kind of predictible, but sometimes that's what the doctor ordered.
Penny L
Wonderful story, well written by one of my favorite authors!
Rhona
another sweet read...
Jill Holmes
Every time I want to smell the sea air off the coast of Cornwall, I seek out a Rosamunde Pilcher story. This is light and lovely, centering around some unlikely characters, related and not, who solve some of life's surprises with each others' help. The Cornish weather, the world of artists, the complicated lives of children, and the games adults play with those lives figure into the story. An easy, gentle read to brighten your day.
Danielle
This is really a 3 1/2 star book for me.

Let me just say, this is a book one of my friends passed to me and I was skeptical. It turned out to be a delightful little summer read. The end was very happy and tidy, a little too tidy for me, but it was a happy shiny book by a Brit written in 1982, what else would you expect?

Let me be clear if it sounds like I am being negative, I will seek out more books by this author.
Shay
I had forgotten how much I like her style!
Nelly
Apr 22, 2011 Nelly rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
It was a quick and very disappointing read I should say, if compared to the other book by Rosamunde that I read, this one I thought was so predictable, the male character was boring, and the storyline very shallow, in her usual style she spent more time describing what they ate, wore and went than the characters their thoughts and feelings, It was a great disapointment because I rather liked Under Gemini.
Angie
This was an enjoyable book, written in typical Roasamunde Pilcher style. It had all the character-types that are present in her "lighter" novels. It reminds me a little of shell seekers because of the artist aspect. It is a short book, which I read in less than a day (and I don't have much time to read). I liked it though and I always have a good feeling when I finish her books. They end on a good note.
Leena ElDeeb
A perfect bed-time light read.
When I first picked this up in a book fair, I thought it would be all philosophical about liberation and commitment. It didn't quite meet my expectations, but it sure did meet my satisfaction.
Not the best plot, but it will help keep reality aside for a while.
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Rosamunde Scott was born on 22 September 1924 in Lelant, Cornwall, England, UK, daughter of Helen and Charles Scott, a British commander. Just before her birth her father was posted in Burma, her mother remained in England. She attended St. Clare's Polwithen and Howell's School Llandaff before going on to Miss Kerr-Sanders' Secretarial College. She began writing when she was seven, and published h...more
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