On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the last century, a young woman is drawn into a rocky, disastrous passage to adulthood. Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple—a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer at the family's vacation home in Fo ...more
Shreve's writing just sings in this book. The opening scene, in which the 15-year-old main character makes her way across a beach as men gawk at her, is simply stunning. I can hear lines from this book in my head, they're so well written. Perhaps this book resonates particularly strongly becaus ...more
I love this book...a reluctant admittance. The story of forbidden love is wrong, right, sad, joyful, and just utterly romantic even in its sheer destruction. I think my feelings for this book may also be biased by things in my personal life around the time that really made me feel and understand all of the characters quite deeply. Anyway, ...more
Do not be fooled for an instant. Shreve’s novel is a pale imitation of those Grande Dames of Literature.
Oh sure, Fortune’s Rocks—much like Wharton’s The Age of Innocence—is filled with scenes that would startle modern readers with their conservatism. An ...more
Let's see, what else? Haskell and Olympia are two people who experience that "connection" so many people ...more
That's an approximation of the sound effects I made in my car (on repeat) while listening to this book. The decisions made by Olympia Biddeford continually frustrated me to the point of audibly expressing myself in the car. I tried to get on board with the relationship between Olympia & Haskell. It was 1900! Women got married younger! This could be love? But then every bone in my body would be like: NO! She is 15! He is 41! I don't care what year it is - he ...more
In the beginning this book is almost everything I least like reading. It's a historical love story set in 1899. If I hadn't read any of Shreve's books before I'd have given up then and there. I carried on reading about the affair between fifteen year old Olympia Biddeford and forty one year old married with four children John Haskell because I thought that Shreve must have something in mind other than a pure romance (or not-so-pure depending on which sense you apply pure in, I suppose).
And of c...more
Não sei se estão a ver... é que o John Haskell é um médico de 41 anos com 4 crianças e uma mulher simpática, e a privilegiada Olímpia Biddeford ...more
Set in the summer of 1899 when Olympia is 15 years old, the story takes place at a wealthy beach community, in New Hampshire. I am not sure if it is a real place or a mythical one, but it definitely has a basis in historical fact and the setting is as much a character as any of the human ...more
This was the first Anita Shreve book I've read since "The Last Time They Met" from about 6 years ago which was gorgeously written, and I had hopes that despite my slight aversion to plots centered around affairs, this plot, if well-composed, could be acceptable...
...but by the end of the novel, I was still convinced that John Haskell, the marrie ...more
I just ...more
Acompanhamos Olympia, uma rapariga de 15 anos, tudo indicava que iria ser uma personagem forte, mas logo apercebi-me que era apenas mais uma adolescente bonita, tola e mimada que se apaixona por um homem quase 3 vezes mais velho que ela, que ...more
I must admit that I really felt for Olympia, a girl struggling with the strict rules of her era, the 19th century (Shreve did a nice job researching and bringing this period alive). Her wealthy family hovers over her protectively, but ironically enough they are the ones inviting danger into their house. Presenting itself in the form of charming docto ...more
Everything I read at the moment se ...more