This story of troubled love takes place simultaneously during two periods of time: today and 400 years ago. We meet Richard and Celia Marsdon, an attractive young couple, whose family traces its lineage back to medieval England. Richard's growing depression creates a crisis in Celia, and she falls desperately ill. Lying unconscious and near death, Celia's spirit journeys b...more
for the most part this is an enjoyable novel about two lovers reborn who knows how many times, destined for tragic ends until they are able to sort out all of their issues. I loved the opening chapters: cosmopolitan aristocrats lounging around the pool, touring historical sites with rolled eyes, making loaded comments to each other during a ...more
Someone commented that it's "dated". It wasn't then but it's a reason I've never tried to re-read it. I want to keep the feeling of how wonderful it was to younger less world-weary me.
The Publisher Says: This unforgettable story of undying love combines mysticism, suspense, mystery, and romance into a web of good and evil that stretches from 16th-century England to the present day. Richard Marsdon marries a young American woman named Celia, brings her to live at his English estate, and all seems to be going well. But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread. When she ...more
We are then taken to Eng ...more
The characters were not real, I didn't felt as though I knew very much about how they were feeling and that some things were ridiculously elaborate (Julian is from Italy- we get it! I think that is mentioned at least 300 times. Yet h ...more
If I was reading it now for the first time, I would be inclined to rate it 3 stars. The political and religious repercussions of the reigns of Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth made much more sense to me now an ...more
You start with two people getting married in present day. Then due to circumstances they end up discovering they knew each other before in 1500s England. Obviously a very different time. Their love affair in the past was rather complicated as it wasn't "meant to be". The story explores past lives and reincarnation which was fascinating.
The author clearly did he ...more
Thank goodness for the Mt. TBR Challenge which prompted me to read those books which have been on my shelves the longest. This being one.
The novel is divided into three parts and begins during what feels like the 1970's. Celia and Richard Marsdon are a wealthy young couple recently married ...more
When we are conscious of the secret dawn
Amid the darkness that we feel is green…
Thy face remembered is from other worlds,
It has been died for, though I know not when,
It has been sung of, though I know not where…
Anya Seton has written here a dual-time tale of a girl, Celia Bohun, living in 1550’s Tudor England, and her reincarnated counterpart, Celia Marsdon, living in 1968. The Tudor story is three quarters of the novel and the modern day story only one quarter, which sui ...more
First of all, this book takes place during the time during the short reign of Henry VIII’s son Edward, his death and the shorter reign of Jane Grey, and Mary Tudor, Gothic in tone and so well written. I will say however - the best part of the book is once you get past the very start of the book which focuses on a group of people in the late 19 ...more
The book is set in two different time periods with a Tudor setting and a more modern setting (well kind of more modern) of 1968. It is ...more
I ran across a copy in a used bookstore this week and sat down on a couch to spend an afternoon re-reading it. Apparently 40 years later just before my 54th birthday (in March), this book doesn't have quite the same appeal to me as it did when I was in my very early teens. That's a pity.
The atmosphere and mood are stil ...more
'Whatsover has been in the past or is now, will repeat itself in the future, but the names and surfaces of things so altered that he who has not a quick eye will not recognise them, or know how to guide himself accordingly.'
Green Darkness opens in the late 1960s, when Celia, the new wife of baronet Richard Marsdon, is unhappy in her marriage. This part is set during one of the country weekends enjoyed amongst the aristocracy; it seemed oddly dated; you know how some books 'travel' well, and ...more
It has been a joy to re-read the book. The historical research is impeccable, the characters believable and 'real' in many ways, although I found the historical (an ...more
In this novel the characters don't come across as real people - they are all over-dramatized and rather foolish - I felt no empathy with any of them. Also the concept of reincarnation is a difficult one to handle and unfortunately this attempt was less than convincing.
I hovered between 2 and 3 stars but gave it 3 because some of the historical detail of the ...more
Partly, it's the narrative structure that didn't work for me. Green Darkness starts in the 1960's, with recently married Richard and Celia Marsdon. When Celia starts having visions and then laps ...more
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Ann Seton was born in New York, New York, and died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She was the daughter of English-born naturalist and pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernest Thompson Seton and Grace Gallatin Seton- ...more