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The Dying of the Light: A Novel

The Dying of the Light: A Novel

Geschrieben von Robert Goolrick

Erzählt von Kirby Heyborne


The Dying of the Light: A Novel

Geschrieben von Robert Goolrick

Erzählt von Kirby Heyborne

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9 Stunden
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Freigegeben:
Jul 3, 2018
ISBN:
9780062848352
Format:
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Beschreibung

From the author of the bestselling A Reliable Wife comes a dramatic, passionate tale of a glamorous Southern debutante who marries for money and ultimately suffers for love—a southern gothic as written by Dominick Dunne.

It begins with a house and ends in ashes . . .

Diana Cooke was "born with the century" and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwealth, which has hosted the crème of society and Hollywood royalty. Though they are land-rich, the Cookes do not have the means to sustain the estate. Without a wealthy husband, Diana will lose the mansion that has been the heart and soul of her family for five generations.

The mysterious Captain Copperton is an outsider with no bloodline but plenty of cash. Seeing the ravishing nineteen-year-old Diana for the first time, he's determined to have her. Diana knows that marrying him would make the Cookes solvent and ensure that Saratoga will always be theirs. Yet Copperton is cruel as well as vulgar; while she admires his money, she cannot abide him. Carrying the weight of Saratoga and generations of Cookes on her shoulders, she ultimately succumbs to duty, sacrificing everything, including love.

Luckily for Diana, fate intervenes. Her union with Copperton is brief and gives her a son she adores. But when her handsome, charming Ashton, now grown, returns to Saratoga with his college roommate, the real scandal and tragedy begins.

Reveling in the secrets, mores, and society of twentieth-century genteel Southern life, The Dying of the Light is a romance, a melodrama, and a cautionary tale told with the grandeur and sweep of an epic Hollywood classic.

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Freigegeben:
Jul 3, 2018
ISBN:
9780062848352
Format:
Hörbuch

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Über den Autor

Robert Goolrick is the author of the novels A Reliable Wife (a #1 New York Times bestseller, licensed in 30 territories) and Heading Out to Wonderful, and the memoir The End of the World as We Know It.


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  • (4/5)
    Saratoga, a house, the biggest in Virginia, the most lavish at one time, inhabited by five generations, but now on the verge of being lost. Not enough money left, the only asset, the only way to save the family home is to sell the debutante daughter to the highest, most wealthy bidder, regardless of breeding. Diana, has been trained for this role, to make an advantageous marriage, to save the reputation and the traditions of her family. And....she does, but very little in her life turns out as planned.The heavy weight of history, Southern mores and traditions, generations of family portraits peering down from the walls, reputations and secrets, all hang on one shoulder. Scandal, tragedy and loss of freedom, love lost and in the end, for what? Southern Gothic at it's most ostentatious, over the top, melodramatic, excessive, provided me with questions a conundrum. These are usually the elements that I dislike, avoid, in fiction. But here, oh it worked, for me it worked. Like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, or the Streetcar named desire, Stella, Stella, this too was Southern at it most deliberate. A novel with a woman trapped by the long history of her family. A novel that under the drama are truths that mean everything, a web weaved to entrap. One can see the tragedy coming a mile away but it had to be played out, there was no avoiding it here, there was no other way forward.I so enjoy this author.ARC from Edelweiss.
  • (4/5)
    I picked this book up because I loved the author's A Reliable Wife and this narrative packs a lot of the same punch, even not telling nearly as complex a tale. It's centered around Diana Cooke, the last daughter of a great family, once wealthy and now impoverished, and her stately home in Virginia. To save the family estate, Diana weds a mysterious and cruel man. After his death, she struggles to build a relationship with her son Ashton and events come to a head when Ashton and his friend from college visit while the house is undergoing a restoration. Overall, this a fun read, with a few twists and turns to keep one interested.
  • (2/5)
    Something very creepy about this novel besides the absurd subject matter. The praise on the book cover should make Fitzgerald & Faulkner roll over in their graves. In spite of the time frame, a rich historic decadent time, the the beginning of the roaring 20's, Paris after WWI, it was totally absent as a backdrop for the few pages taking place in this interesting time. Disappointing.
  • (3/5)
    This had such potential to be a great Southern Gothic, and while the house and atmosphere was important, it was just missing that mysterious bit, although Goolrick tried to set it up at the beginning. I ended up being disappointed in a lot of the characters, but it was a realistic disappointment.