La ventiduenne Lucy Entwhistle, viso e corpo da bambina, è rimasta sola al mondo dopo che l’adorato padre se n’è andato per sempre. Affranta, confusa, mentre si stringe al cancello di casa viene turbata dalla comparsa di Everard Wemyss, un bell’uomo maturo a sua volta vestito a lutto. Sua moglie Vera è morta da poco, in circostanze misteriose.
Prima che Lucy possa rendersene conto, Wemyss entra nella sua vita facendosi carico di ogni incombenza, dall’organizzazione del funerale del padre alle cure della dolce zia Dot, e ben presto di Lucy stessa, del suo corpo e della sua anima. Lei lo ripaga di un amore devoto, grata della sua protezione e del suo senso dell’umorismo. Ma nella casa intrisa di rituali in cui lui la porta a vivere, si addensa il mistero della morte di Vera.
Scritto diciassette anni prima di Rebecca, la prima moglie, questo libro – che la von Arnim stessa considerava il suo romanzo migliore – anticipa le atmosfere inquietanti del thriller di Daphne du Maurier che Alfred Hitchcock riprenderà nel celebre film omonimo: Vera è un’indagine nei labirinti dell’amore, della violenza e della morte, a partire dal potere degli uomini nel matrimonio e dalla debolezza delle donne innamorate.
- ISBN: 8833930998
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 242
If I could give 10 stars to this book I would. That’s how much I like it. I hope I convince a few of my GR friends to put it on their TBR list. It reminds me of the movie “Gaslight” from 1944 starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Angela Lansbury, and Joseph Cotton. It has also been compared to Reb Leggi tutto
Elizabeth von Arnim was Katherine Mansfield's cousin. When this was published they were neighbours in the Swiss Alps. This novel caused a scandal as the obnoxious central male character was widely recognised as a portrait of Earl Russell, Elizabeth's first husband and the brother of the philosopher
This book was very enjoyable, until the end when for me, it fell flat. I expected so much more! The book was very suspenseful throughout, leaving me wondering "how is the author going to wrap things up???" Truly lame ending. I'm still shaking my head in disbelief and not in a good way!
Having read, and loved The Enchanted April by this author, I decided to read another of her books, and chose Vera....It couldn't have been more different...... This is a dark and disturbing story of how a lovely young woman is drawn into a nightmare situation which everyone, including the reader, can Leggi tutto
Available free at Librivox, here: https://librivox.org/vera-by-elizabet... This book has a creeping, ever increasing sense of foreboding. It’s a psychological drama. Although not an action filled thriller, a thriller none the less. An impending, threatening nightmare looms, not in the night, but in t Leggi tutto
This is a dark and unsettling story which was apparently one of the influences on Daphne du Maurier when she was writing Rebecca, it is also one of her more famous works; a semi-autobiographical novel based on her second marriage to Frank Russell, whose brother Betraund Russell is said to have advis Leggi tutto
Lucy Entwhistle's beloved father has just died. She is still in shock when she meets Mr Wemyss in a chance encounter. He quickly moves in on Lucy and is suddenly attending to all her needs. He organises her Father's funeral, gives her the support she needs and manages to manipulate and dominate with Leggi tutto
I am certain that DuMaurier must have read this book because Rebecca - written around a decade later- has lots of similarities. Vera is Rebecca, a wife we never see and only exists through the recollection of he husband and the rooms and objects she leaves behind. Like Rebecca she too has met her en Leggi tutto
This is a terrific, chilling portrait of a controlling, bullying monster, the gentle innocent he marries and will probably destroy, and her only hope, all but extinguished by the end of the book - her aunt. Such men still live amongst us, though fortunately there is more help available for their vict Leggi tutto
Pornografia Marrone (Cinque lettere) Ho deciso di leggere il libro perché mi piaceva il volto in copertina e perché von Arnim nel mio domino personale si attaccava ad Armin van Buuren https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txvpc... Difficilmente le mie motivazioni e le mie associazioni sarebbero potute risul Leggi tutto
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