Very well written, it's unfortunate that there are literally thousands of pages missing from this novel; the original contained over 5,000 pages and could have been published as a series, but instead was cut down to this publication only. This it the author's best work and it's a loss to readers that she was not able to achieve this level of skill in her other works.
The research into the time period is commendable, with over 350 books being referenced of the Restoration period to give an accurate account of events of the day. This in itself is worth the read as it gives many insights into what life was like at the time, from those living in abject poverty to those living egregiously hedonistic lifestyles.
I found absolutely no reason as to understand why this book was banned in the 1940s, people must have been totally sexless in that time if they think this was in any way loaded with sex scenes.
The story is an old one and it gives good insight into a person who is lacking self esteem and is wholly co-dependent upon others to define themselves, yet still possess a strong spark of self preservation. It showcases the folly of materialism, unbounded greed in all forms, manipulation and rampant narcissism, which is actually very applicable to our current time in the early 21st century. Seems as if nothing has changed. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Dreadful book. Dreadful characters. Windsor writes well but it's not enough.
1944 publication & widely scorned for decades due to 'scandalous' content. Like other reviewers I read this decades ago, almost as a brown cover book. It's a time warp for the time of publication & kind of silly now.
the previous comment by Electric Mayhem could not be more wrong,wrong, WRONG!!!! I first read this novel in my late teens and was mesmrized. It is one of the few books that I have reread multiple times and still enjoy. the movie did not have the same entrancing effect for me at all. Maybe someday bbc can do a remake.....?
This book is my favorite book and I have read it many times. I love the period it takes place in and how she interacts with historical figures. It was the first "bodice-ripper" book written and I think it's the best. My mom read this book when it came out in 1944 at the age of 23 and I read it when I was 23 also. Will keep reading it over and over.
When I was younger I saw "Forever Amber" on tv with Linda Darnell and Cornell Wilde. Unfortunately it's not available on DVD. You can read the book which was considered scandalous when it was published. It was an interesting historical novel, but not as good as the movie.
Description from amazon.com: ” Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England—that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary—and extraordinary—men and women, Amber experiences it all. But throughout her trials and escapades, she remains, in her heart, true to the one man she really loves, the one man she can never have. Frequently compared to Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber is the other great historical romance, outselling every other American novel of the 1940s—despite being banned in Boston for its sheer sexiness.”
A great book to read or re-read during the dreary days of winter. I love getting caught up in a beautifully crafted world.
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