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Steamboat Gothic

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  138 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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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Sep 16, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked 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
May 27, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2009 Jonlyn rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 09, 2011 Graceann rated it really liked it
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
Rosemary Morris
Jan 25, 2017 Rosemary Morris rated it it was amazing
I keep my copy of the saga Steamboat Gothic, first published in 1952, on shelves in my bookcase where I put the novels I shall keep forever.
When the hero, Clyde Batchelor, who did not know who his parents were, ran away from an orphanage in St Louis when he was a young boy he survived on the streets. Eventually, he became a gambler on the steamboats that plied their way up and down the Missisippi. From these boats he admired Cindy Lou, a house built in the style of a steamboat, that he would buy
Aug 11, 2007 Wyrmia rated it liked it
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
Phyllis Gauker
Oct 24, 2014 Phyllis Gauker rated it really liked it
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
Fran Calloway
Aug 29, 2015 Fran Calloway rated it liked it
Definitely a lot of history in this book, which was fascinating. However, the story was either very good or very boring. I began to wonder if I would ever finish it. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either.
Jun 29, 2013 Jan rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 19, 2015 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of Keyes back in the 1960s and loved them all (I was young and not very critical). This didn't read as well the second time around. Of course, I'm not a fan of novels set in the south.
I read this many years ago. There really is a Steamboat Gothic plantation in Louisiana that you can tour.
Sep 26, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, my-travels
Beautiful, descriptive writing! suspenseful, historical and romantic - just what I needed to mentally prepare for my road trip across the deep south. just a tad long for my taste.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Feb 01, 2010 Linda Branham Greenwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Jul 11, 2009 Kay rated it really liked it
A romantic view of the old South.
Jan 18, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
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