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Ecstasy is the story of young widow roused out of the torpor of her solitude by a dalliance with a courtly womanizer. It is written in a dreamily impressionistic style whose primary concern is to capture its heroine's eternally shifting moods at their most ineffable and ephemeral. This title is not just glibly rhetorical. The heroine and her suitor never consummate their p ...more
Published March 1st 2000 by Turtle Point Press (first published 1892)
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Jun 11, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het was okay. Beetje moeilijk geschreven, maar deed me een beetje boeketroman-achtig aan (erg insta-love-y). Het las in ieder geval wel snel ;)
Feb 11, 2009 Denis rated it really liked it
First, it's always a delight to hold a book published by Pushkin Press: they're exquisite objects. Ecstasy is the second novel by Couperus translated in English that I have read: it's less "epic" than Inevitable, more intimate, shorter, too. It's a very intriguing love story set in the high society of the Netherlands at the end of the XIXth century: a young widow, Cecile, falls for a charismatic man with a reputation as a womanizer, Taco. The twist is that their love is never consumated. Cecile, ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Francine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realism
I you use "little book of happiness" as a subtitle, I will expect a happy end. Now I'm kind of sad but the main characters don't seem to mind it that much. So the end was kind of unsatisfactory, but rest of the book was pretty great. Great style of writing, really a quick read for such an old book, but kind of an anticlimax at the end. But I would recommend it as an introduction to Louis Couperus.
Couperus schrijft heel precies, maar hij is ook heel erg precies beschrijvend. Hij schept er een bepaalde sfeer mee.
Mooi taalgebruik, dat zeker, maar een beetje overdone.
Hij zet de hoofdpersoon Cecile neer als een geloofwaardige figuur, maar haar tegenhanger Taco is wat onevenwichtig.
Het boek is de beschrijving van een soort hoofse liefde, die Cecile liever niet zo hoofs ziet, en culmineert in een soort orgie van licht waarbij zij hem dat bekent en daarmee is het dan over voor hem omdat hij haa
Sep 24, 2013 Red rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
don't know why but i painted some blue clouds on the wall after reading this book. the author is loved specially by female seniors. because it's about the time when they were young. later on i repainted the wall and so the traces of ecstasy were again not there.
Dec 13, 2012 Lenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Louis Marie-Anne Couperus (June 10, 1863 – July 16, 1923) was a Dutch novelist and poet of the late 19th and early 20th century. He is usually considered one of the foremost figures in Dutch literature.
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