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The Ring

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  7,633 ratings  ·  161 reviews
In Germany engulfed by war and hatred, the beautiful wife of an influential banker fell in love with a German author.His Jewish heritage led them both to death.The husband who survives her lives on to protect her memory, and their children.And the ring he passes on to his daughter, Ariana von Gotthard, remains a bond of love between them.Separated from her family, and unab...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 4th 1981 by Dell Pub Co (first published July 1980)
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Sasha Dayo
This was the last bookm I read. It was historical, sad, interesting and touching. The things Ariana went through, she is tough. U learn a lot by the way. I love World War II stories especially from German. It tells the tells of what people went through to be great today. From Kassandra and Walmar, to Ariana, Manfred, Ariana reaching the states, meeting the Leibmans, being mistreated and surviving, her Noel and Tamara. U just put yourself in her shoes and u see that for to fit, u need to be stron...more
This was recommended by a work colleague back in 1982 and turned me off to Danielle Steele novels ever since.
First Danielle Steele book I read. The appearance of the book is so creepy because of small characters and its thickness but the author made the plot good enough to indulge myself into the story.

It has the same story with all the WWII-inspired plots that revolved around loss and hope but Steele created an in-depth plot her work that made my imagination vivid. Her difference however, is the story's numerous twists and turns and sub-stories that revolved around 3 generations of the Van Gotthards c...more
Best Danielle Steel book I've read. The story is like a roller coaster ride. Steel can take you from happy to downright depressing. This particularly tugged my heart because it was a story of courage, strength, loss, love, reunion, war, and family... I almost cried in the end.
April Chamberlain
This was the first Danielle Steel book I ever read and changed my reading habits forever. This book is very moving and heart-breaking whilst also showing you that being strong isn't always easy. Could not put this book down
Read it years ago, and i remember weeping my heart out ! Steel does that to you.. her universality lies in writing about issues which are humanistic and real.
Lisa Davis
Great story

This is an awesome view of such a horrible time in history. It reminded me so much of the story of the war between the states and how families and lovers were torn apart by death and destruction. Adriana was a strong woman who loved, endured, and hated just to survive but all along believing that "there were decent men wearing Nazi uniforms and he was one. It was not just good guys and bad guys, life is just not as simple as that".

I was disappointed in the ending. I felt as if there...more
I used to read this author's books many years ago. last year I was given 3 boxes full of her books which I have been slowly working my way through! I find its very easy to recognise a Danielle steel book and I have to say she always delivers. I thought I had read this book years ago but once I started the book I obviously had forgotten the storyline as it was all new to me. I enjoyed the storyline and it was very easy it to read. the only thing I find is that you tend to know. the outcome way be...more
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I loved this book.of all the Danielle steel books i have read , I like Zoya the most. after reading this novel , i place The Ring next to zoya.

this book is about Kassandra , wife of a very rich banker in Germany, has everything material in her life , but feels that she has nothing , until she meets a German author who is a Jew.she is allowed to see her child only for half an hour every day.she could not sever her ties with the author in spite of her husband telling him the dangers she coul...more
If you haven't seen the 1990s TV movie or want to read the print version, be swept into the hands of time. In the Ring, it was another beautiful historical romance by Danielle Steel. Set in the backdrop of World War II Europe, she took us on another time travel warp back to our history. First, an ill-fated affair between Arianna's mother and her Jewish writer lover was killed due to Hitler's cleansing. Her father and her brother survived the devastating loss by protecting her memory and passing...more
I first had a Danielle Steel book in my stocking when I was about 13, can't remember what it was called but remember not being able to get through the first page and giving it away shortly after. So I wasn't sure I would enjoy this but surprisingly I did! I found it hard to connect with the first character Kassandra, it's hard to like someone who is having an affaire when she is married to a likeable man. And then risking the lives of her family for her lover, who then selfishly ends it all, le...more
It was a good book. Riveting, and honestly, i didnt expect so many parts to the story, from Kassandra and Dolff, to Arianna and her almost identical but a much more difficult life and then Noel. The thickness of the book was justified :P
But yeah, its an awesome read. Wasn't boring at all. Infact, it was pretty riveting coz D.S. did make lots of unexpected twists in the plot.
The four-star rating comes from the romantic 16 year old me who read this book. A very small library and a small bookstore in the mall did not lead to many options for reading, but I bought this book and though it was wonderful at the time. I have too many books on my too-read list now to give it a review from a much more cynical adult.
Kanami Iinuma
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Discussion questions
1.The main character is fisherman,do you like fishing?
No,because fishing takes long time toget a fish. I can't wait !
2. This book's girl chose a rich man, not a poor good man. Do you choose a rich man, not a poor good man?
No, because I think character is more important than money to love !

This book was very interesting! I couldn't predict final scene of this...more
Don't think I have ever read a Danielle Steele book before. Figured it would be all fluff, but I really loved it. I loved the historical aspect of it and the twists in the plot, and her characters were very endearing. I just about gave it five stars. Probably one of my faves in awhile.
Denisse Eyo
Okay i have just finished the 1st story but i just have to give up on this book the 1st story is just too much for me to handle. I know what a sissy i am but i just can't take that she lost her lover then she killed herself then left her whole family without a mom is just too much for me usually, i look at the bright side o things but how can i for me the ending is just too much and i specially feel sorry for her husband (yes, she have a lover and a husband) i mean he love her so freaking much a...more
Ben Loory
neither as terrible as i'd expected nor as wonderfully surreal as i'd hoped... mostly this book was just pedestrian. there's not an ounce of poetry in its 500 pages, but neither are there any grammatical mistakes or laughably overblown metaphors or heaving bosoms. it's just a story about a german woman (2 of them, actually, mother and daughter) trying to get through life under the nazis and then in america. there's not much to say, really... i don't know why steel is so big, but i can't say it m...more
This is a must read book, this for me was and still is the best story I ever read in my life. So touching and awesome and just overall a stellar story line.
My first novel for pleasure reading, way back when I was a teenager. I really enjoyed this in-depth novel very much. I highly recommend this novel.
the further back you go into danielle steels books the better the quality I feel...and this one was wonderfuL.
Linda Grebler
Her earlier books were great. The Ring is one of those great ones. Her stories become predictable after a while.
LOL, I realise I should never give 4 stars to something like this but, what can I say? I have no shame. As I teenager, when I didn't know any better, I quite enjoyed this book, and even other books by the same author. I haven't read anything by her in over 15 years and I truly have no idea how I would feel about her work if I read it now. The thing is, when I did read her books, they kept me thoroughly entertained, and that did it for me. I don't think these books have ever been meant as high ar...more
Cosa c'è di positivo?
Di positivo, ho trovato, una bella storia ambientata in una Germania rigorosamente Hitleriana.
Una storia che parla di una famiglia che si divide per cause di forza maggiore.
Cosa c'è di negativo?
Di negativo, c'è che bene, mi vuoi parlare della madre? Okay, raccontami qualcosa in più. Non superficializzare. Mi vuoi parlare dell'anello di famiglia? Okay, benissimo. Aggiungi qualcosina in più a riguardo.
E poi, Madonna santa, quel finale...
Dove sono tutte le emozioni e le sensazi...more
I read this in high school in 80's
This is my very first book for Danielle steel and now after finishing it, I'm certain it's not my last!
It was an emotional roller coaster, and when the ride was over i was sad it ended, happy i rode it, and numb!
It's sort of sad/tragic kind of book (my favorite type)
Its beautifully written. And it was realistic!
The point that she showed and I loved, is that not all Germans are nazis!
What else can I say!? I fell in love with it, and got attached to the characters, which is always a sign that...more
Shyama Soman
My mom is one of the very few people that I look upto for good book recommendations.. But frankly speaking.. this book was a major letdown for me.. I felt Danielle Steel couldn't capture the horrors of the Nazi regime at all.. It felt more like a sugar coated version to me.. I would recommend that you read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or even The diary of Anne Frank (although that would be non-fiction) instead..
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for...more
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