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Steamboat Gothic

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from the last paragraph on the inside second flap of the dust jacket:

"In 'Steamboat Gothic' Mrs. Keyes tells not only the story of the great Louisiana plantations, but of the river which contributed so largely to their prosperity, their prestige and their splendor. Plantations and the river, and the loves and lives of the men and women who peopled them come alive in a supe
Hardcover, 562 pages
Published 1952 by Julian Messner
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Read this 1952 novel a long, long time ago - I absolutely loved it. Convoluted, sometimes hard to follow, but immensely satisfying. One of the few books that I still think about. It's time to re-read it.
If you are an avid reader, there are books in the back of your closet or behind the books on your shelves that have been there for years waiting for the right time to be opened. Steamboat Gothic is such a book.
Clyde Batchelor is a ne're-do-well riverboat gambler who mends his ways when he meets Lucy Page and what follows is a family saga stretching from the 1860s to 1930. Batchelor builds his empire in Louisiana with the help of his wife, who saves him from ruin and all the while knowing his p
FRANCIS PARKINSON KEYES… Over the years I've bought and read most of her books, and I've never been disappointed. I can see how some readers might think her writing is slow. That's because she takes time to give rich details of the time period, her settings, and the backgrounds for her plots. Her impeccable research is second to none. But that's not why I love her work so much. What she does best is tell a great story. In the end, that's the difference between her work and that of lesser writers ...more
Phyllis Gauker
This is really a wonderful book. wish it had been on kindle so I could have looked up the words I didn't know, though. this was published when I was 9 years old, in 1950 and concerns people, places and things, and thoughts and feelings from 150 years ago, mostly in Louisiana after the civil war on up to the first world war. the book is very well constructed. You follow one main family and their neighbors, some of whom they marry, etc. into every conceivable situation. We observe people making ra ...more
Steamboat Gothic took a loooong time to get rolling, and the writing style is something that took me a good while to get used to. I normally have a 50-page rule for books in that if I'm not hooked by page 50, I move on. I stuck with this one for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this book belonged to my mother, who has been gone now for more than 20 years, and she cared enough about it to keep it on her shelves for my entire childhood. Secondly, just when I thought "I can't take much more of this," ...more
I picked this book to read because it has a really great name, however it didn't quite live up to it. The title makes you think it's a perhaps a gothic adventure aboard some steamboats, sadly, it's not. This book is set mainly in Louisiana and starts around the Civil War, ending about the 1930s. It begins when the main character (who earned his fortune gambling and cheating on steamboats) falls in love with a house that is built in the Steamboat Gothic style, a style mimicking the steamboats tha ...more
This was probably the first romance novel I ever read. I went on to read most of her books, and have loved romance ever since.
History was good. It was a period of American history I don't know well: Post Civil War to 1930.

The author has good descriptive powers but could not link the story as a whole. This book is like several short stories linked together. There is no unity.
Another book I read years ago--before Good Reads existed. And loved just as much as all the other books by Frances Parkinson Keyes. What a great author and storyteller.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I read this book when I was in High School... I loved the book. A book of the old south in the vein of Gone With The Wind
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Long in parts, but very good read.
A romantic view of the old South.
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