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Dark Palace: The Companion Novel To Grand Days (Edith Trilogy #2)

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From one of Australia's greatest writers comes the tumultuous companion volume to the acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling triumph, GRAND DAYS.

Five years have passed since Edith Campbell Berry's triumphant arrival at the League of Nations in Geneva, determined to right the wrongs of the world. The idealism of those early grand days has been eroded by a sense foreboding
Published (first published 2000)
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Nov 25, 2012 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of the reason I gave up on the dog book was because I had started this. Was a bit ambivalent about Edith at the end of the first book but delighted with her thus far. So pleased Moorhouse turned Robert into a sanctimonious prig - Go Edith.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Love the way the author can get into a feminine mind and skin, bit scary really. Also particularly enjoyed the history and, sometimes ridiculous, political correctness and protocol of the League of Nations. Imagination could n
Very interesting continuation of Edith, her love life, devotion to the League of Nations and her own weaknesses.
She wants world peace and rights for all. She accepts a lover with unusual preferences. But she has aversions to the victims of war.

I loved her pseudo-job interview in the new Australian Foreign Affairs Dep. Here was one of the few Australians with experience in the League and their efforts to promote disarmament and later started the process of embargoes to force Italy to stop its wa
Feb 27, 2013 Mary-lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book even more than the first one and I love Edith Alison Campbell Barry. I wouldn't want to work for her though or be her friend but I want to have her passion and confidence. I love the story of the League of Nations and I love the different perspective on the Second World War. I also really like the respect, understanding and kindness from within Ambrose and Edith's relationship. Even though it is an unusual relationship it is successful but what will happen long term? I've order ...more
Edith's private life reflects the world around her throughout this series. For her, the 1920s was a time of hope and new beginnings, Modernism, Bohemianism and emancipation. The 1930’s world of Dark Palace, is just as the title suggests. Edith's life is showing cracks and is growing darker as the world political situation becomes more fraught. A visit home to Australia illuminates just how much of a ‘European’ she has become. Returning to Geneva, Edith maintains her ‘cool’ throughout the dark da ...more
Rob Carseldine
Book 2 of the Edith Campbell Berry series, continues Edith's life at the Leauge of Nations in Geneva, the decline of her marraige to Robert and the renewal of her affair with Ambrose. This book seemed to me to loose its way in the middle or maybe I just lost interest. Either way I found parts of it dull. Nevertheless I recommend reading the series in sequence as the series as a whole is excellent.
Patrick Lenton
Mar 30, 2014 Patrick Lenton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books. I waited almost a year until I read Dark Palace because I wanted to savour the experience, and it was worth it. Is it a spoiler to say that this book tracks the gradual demise of the League of Nations? I don't think so, because that's history, yo. Edith is still awesome, Ambrose is back and I'm so happy because I love him. The rise of WW2 in this book is gripping and made the kind of paralysis and fear and boredom they felt make it feel utterly relatable. So so good.
Feb 01, 2010 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Like his character Scraper, Moorhouse appears to be a mind reader. Edith Campbell Berry is constantly thinking things that I think. It's a pretty impressive feat from a male author. I guess he's been paying attention.
That said, I couldn't really get into this book. Each individual part was remarkable, but as a whole it was a bit flaccid. Maybe it would help to have read the 'companion novel' first.
Jun 10, 2012 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously a darker tone than the first one, hence the title, nevertheless a rich story which engages on a number if levels. I'm thoroughly enjoying my accidental reading journey 'between the wars' as the dramatic irony for the reader (about WWII) enhances the experience, inviting that sigh we get when we know tragedy is around the corner.
Mar 06, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this like I loved the first in the series. I love Edith and I'm so touched by her struggle to work out a new way of being a woman in that time of enormous change.
Kim Elith
Another fascinating installment in the life of Edith Berry - wonderful characterization and a great history lesson along the way
Angela Smith
Aug 24, 2013 Angela Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed muchly!
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I bought this eight years ago, in Perth. Entertaining and even moving. Better than Grand Days.
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Moorhouse is perhaps best known for winning the 2001 Miles Franklin Literary Award for his novel, Dark Palace; which together with Grand Days and Cold Light, the "Edith Trilogy" is a fictional account of the League of Nations, which trace the strange, convoluted life of a young woman who enters the world of diplomacy in the 1920s through to her involvement in the newly formed International Atomic ...more
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