Forever Amber [electronic resource (EPUB eBook)] / Kathleen Winsor. Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, year- old Amber. Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, year- old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to . Editorial Reviews. Review. "A lusty historical novel." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer " A prototype for download a site site eBooks site Unlimited Prime Reading Best Sellers & More site Book Deals Free Reading Apps site Singles.
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The Autumn Throne. The 'hero' Lord Carlton is a disgusting goat, using Amber at every opportunity, among many, many others. Did I mention he's married? Amber is personally shrill, petty, cruel, cold, backbiting, calculating and wholly repulsive in every possible way.
She's the best picture of the Proverbs harlot you've ever seen. Neither Bruce nor Amber mature throughout pages and twelve years. They just go on being dishonourable, selfish, and scheming. All devout Christian people—except possibly the nice Puritan gentleman, who is just stupid—would actually love to be as gorgeous and promiscuous as Amber, but because they're ugly or not very clever or simply repressed by morality, they settle for being jealous and mean instead.
All women are jealous and petty and backbiting, and hate Amber because she is just so much more alluring than all the other harlots.
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How dare the Puritans want to close it down? No person of sense or feeling would ever want to get married, because marriage is evil and repressive and is basically a form of living death.
And so on. One additional thing annoyed me almost beyond bearing. Near the end of the book, Frances Stewart appears as a character. I've had a fondness for Frances since I read a book about her some years ago.
Her major claim to fame is that she was the one woman Charles II wanted, that he never had. She appears otherwise to have been a somewhat silly woman, but it's accepted by most historians that she never had the bad sense to give in to the King, the only woman who ever did so. Indeed, no women are chaste in this book—they are either squeamish or ugly.
So why did I stick with it for pages? I regret doing so now, but I need to explain something. The book depicts sin, not in its glamour but in its ugliness. Amber is really, truly, a vicious tart. This is not reading between the lines—it's right there in the text: her spite, her greed, her jealousy; her selfishness, her pettiness, her murderous concupiscence.
And as I said, the book is a really good portrait of the harlot of Proverbs. Amber spends most of the book being miserable. I kept reading because I really wanted the book to improve. Instead, at the end literally within the last chapter , Amber's enemies concoct a plot to be rid of her. They cause news to come that Lord Carlton's wife has died, and of course Amber is at once up and away to the New World to hunt him down and marry him, as she has always wanted. The book ends abruptly as she leaves Whitehall, happy in the foolish belief that she has a future and leaving not a single person who is sad to see her go.
Now comes the really sad news: this bloated, soul-killing, horrid book was a smash hit upon its publication in Women everywhere loved it. Rereading the novel now is no disappointment, and I am also impressed by Winsor's subversive feminism and the scope and ambition of her historical imagination.
Like all great best-sellers, Forever Amber revealed its age's secret desires and myths. The headstrong Amber - beautiful, empowered, resilient - represents a rebellion other women identified with, even, like my mother, as they hid the book away in the cupboard. Sixty, seventy years ago, the women of the Western world read this book—and took it to their hearts. Think about that for a while. Posted by.The title should be at least 4 characters long. Julian Fellowes's Belgravia Episode 5. About The Author.
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