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Mrs Parkington

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She was a fabulously rich, fantastically famous old woman, wordly and indomitable. Within her own lifetime she had become almost a legendary figure -- stormy, glittering, tragic, but never dull.

Married at 17 to one of the most colorful and ruthless of the great robber barons, she had known both the famous and interestingly infamous of two continents; had seen the gaudy wor
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Poche, 374 pages
Published February 18th 2010 by Phébus (first published 1942)
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Serena.. Sery-ously?
Nov 17, 2014 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
E mezzo

Serena ha comprato il libro:
a) Attratta da cover e prezzo
b) Sapendo che l'autore ha vinto il premio Pulitzer.

Amici telespettatori.. se avete risposto B.. No, non ci siamo proprio :DD
Se invece avete risposto A, complimentoni, mi conoscete troppo bene!
Comprandolo, tutto mi ero aspettata tranne che un romanzo scritto negli anni '40 e soprattutto un romanzo degli anni '40 così moderno e attuale!! Dopo "Un giorno di gloria per Miss Pettigrew" ho trovato un'altra perla che mi ha aperto il cuore
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Paula
Aug 07, 2015 Paula rated it it was ok
"Mrs. Parkington" is a mid-20th century novel by the prolific author Louis Bromfield. It tells the story of Susie Parkington, born in a mining town out west, who marries the flamboyant, charming, handsome, ruthless Gus Parkington when she is still in her teens. Gus makes their fortune, and Susie lives a fabulous life in New York, Europe, and Newport. The story takes place over several weeks in 1942 New York City, as the now-widowed Susie deals with a family crisis and flashes back to various ...more
Valentina Liviero
Aug 02, 2015 Valentina Liviero rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporanei
Mi sarei aspettata di meglio, sinceramente. Forse perché attratta dalla bella copertina.
Questo libro non mi è piaciuto affatto. La storia è scialba, la vecchia Mrs Parkington è scialba e mi è stata subito nelle scatole dal primo capitolo. Mi è sembrata una di quelle vecchie signorotte ricche sfondate che, per variare dalla monotonia delle giornate, è alla ricerca dei tipici toy boy desiderosi di soldi.
La narrazione poi mette i brividi. Si passa da una scena in salotto a bere whisky e rum ( son
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Diana
Sep 16, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it
A cathartic read. An old woman thinks and says what we all suppress about air-headed relatives, disappointing friends, lessons in life that stung at the time, but when she looks back they're quite inconsequential in her life on whole.
Sue
Feb 05, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
bit tedious at first...story has much current day resonance... cheaper than a psychologist re. children using inheritances, life choices of adult children, choices made in life
Raúl Omar
Sep 01, 2016 Raúl Omar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desde las primeras páginas descubrí que la Señora Parkington no es una novela como las que estoy acostumbrado a leer. No se trata solamente de la sensación de leer un libro de otra época, es algo más que me confieso incapaz de explicar. Del mismo modo, desde las primeras páginas me di cuenta de que Susie Parkington no es una mujer común.

Me gustó mucho el estilo que combina, usando flash backs, dos historias que son la misma. Por un lado la joven Susie Parkington que madura y va descubriendo que
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Meg Ulmes
Sep 14, 2016 Meg Ulmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After visiting Malabar Farm here in Ohio with a friend in late July, I purchased this novel at the gift shop there. I had never read one of Bromfield's novels and after learning more about him I wanted to. This book is rich--written deeply on all levels with a sophisticated style and grace that I am not seeing much in modern novels. Reading this novel was an experience--a chance to immerse myself in other people's lives in a different time and place. I will read another Bromfield novel soon. I ...more
Leigh Borgers
Feb 11, 2015 Leigh Borgers rated it did not like it
Not a book I'd recommend to others. It really lacked a strong plot and it was hard to feel sympathy for any of the characters. It got old quickly to hear about how much Mrs. Parkington couldn't sand her family. Though obviously wise in her 84 years, her disconnect from the modern world made her seem so negative. The book had a few lessons that readers can learn from, especially the importance of not wasting your life and enjoying the moment. Mrs. Parkington teaches the readers that money isn't ...more
Roberta
Jun 19, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, americana
Louis Bromfield vinse il Pulitzer per la letteratura nel 1927, non per questo romanzo, ma per Autunno (Early Autumn), la saga di una ricca e ipocrita famiglia del New England. Tutti i suoi romanzi ebbero comunque molto successo, e di due furono realizzate delle trasposizioni cinematografiche (Mrs. Parkington e La grande pioggia - The Rains Came).

http://robertabookshelf.blogspot.it/2...
Dee
Apr 28, 2015 Dee rated it it was ok
This book was first published in 1942. Strange book and a bit tedious hearing what Mrs. Parkington, a rich widow, thought of her wastrel family members with the exception of one great granddaughter, Janie.
Lella52
Un dignitoso romanzo datato anni '40; una buona lettura che ci viene da un premio Pulitzer. Dovrò leggere l'opera che questo premio lo vinse ("Autunno") perché questo romanzo, pur essendo scorrevole, l'ho trovato un po' stereotipato nella trama e nei personaggi.
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Louis Bromfield was an American author and conservationist who gained international recognition winning the Pulitzer Prize and pioneering innovative scientific farming concepts.

Bromfield studied agriculture at Cornell University from 1914 to 1916,[1] but transferred to Columbia University to study journalism. While at Columbia University, Louis Bromfield was initiated into the fraternal organizati
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