Primi anni del Novecento. Uno degli scambi più frequenti tra le due sponde dell'Atlantico è quello tra titoli nobiliari e grandi patrimoni. Sir Nigel Anstruthers, un nobiluomo inglese ridotto in miseria, si reca a New York in cerca di ricchezza e incontra Rosalie Vanderpoel, diciannovenne ingenua, figlia di uno dei più grandi miliardari americani. Abile nel convincere tutti che si tratta di un mattimonio d'amore, sir Nigel si rivela ben presto un uomo spregevole. Ma la coppia a quel punto è tornata in Inghilterra, Rosalie è obbligata a interrompere i rapporti con la famiglia e di fatto scompare. Passano dieci anni. Bettina Vanderpoel, una bambina ai tempi del matrimonio della sorella e l'unica ad aver nutrito un'immediata antipatia per il cognato, è cresciuta trasformandosi in una giovane donna mdimenticabile, che coniuga garbo e determinazione, rispetto delle regole sociali ma anche capacità di sowertirie qualora si rivelino ingiuste. Decide di partire per l'Inghilterra per scoprire cosa ne è stato di Rosalie, iniziando in tal modo un viaggio che si rivelerà pieno di drammi e avventure e che le porterà una nuova conoscenza di sé.
- ISBN: 8896919010
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 520
I have a paperback edition, but this book can be downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg Buddy (re)read with Ange and Gogol I read this book 1st a year ago and gave it 3,5 stars. It forced reluctant admiration from me and even though I couldn't deny the EFFECT it had on me, I tried to resist it for Leggi tutto
This novel was written in the early 20th Century. It was popular then but long forgotten until Persephone Press published it again, bringing it today's readers. It has a very apt title. The "shuttle" refers to the rich American heiresses who could not make the best societal marriages because their f Leggi tutto
There’s a lovely passage in Frances Hodgson-Burnett’s childhood memoir – ‘The One I Knew the Best of All’ – that recalls the joy of imagining what wondrous stories might be inside the books on the highest shelf that she couldn’t quite reach. ‘The Shuttle’ is exactly the right book for that child to Leggi tutto
I am giving this a semi-solid three stars, not a solid three stars. 😐 I was prepared to give it a solid three stars for the first 350 pages but then I could not understand why she let the story drag on and on and on and on interminably (you get the idea?). I enjoyed the ending…I just think the 512 p Leggi tutto
I chose to read this book for an author birthday challenge because, in 2014, I had read To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started and had become interested in the period of history when many wealthy young American women had married British aristocrats, purportedly because the wo Leggi tutto
The best part of this book was the story of a smart and determined young woman who travels overseas to rescue her sister from the husband who broke her spirit with deliberate, methodical cruelty. The best (and most surprising) writing in this book is the examination of his cruelty and exposure of th Leggi tutto
This is a story of two American heiresses and two English Lords up against it during the time of American robber barons when a marriage between them could bring advantages to all and knitted bonds between the two countries. If you enjoyed watching Downton Abbey, you might well enjoy this book, too. S Leggi tutto
I wasn’t sure what to expect from ‘The Shuttle’, because Persephone Books editions look lovely but have no blurb. It turned out to be an involving family drama and social commentary in three acts. Act I: a rich American girl marries an impoverished aristocrat, who turns out to be horribly abusive. A Leggi tutto
I was looking forward to reading this after having heard good things about it on the Persephone group on Librarything. I wasn't disappointed. This is an engrossing, page turner. Frances Hodgson Burnett hightlighted the sad plight of many large houses at this time, which being entailed couldn't be so Leggi tutto
This review was written for the first time I read this novel...I've enjoyed it just as much on successive readings! Who knew that Frances Hodgson Burnett had written books besides The Secret Garden and A Little Princess? I had never heard of The Shuttle, but after this I will certainly be trying some Leggi tutto
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