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 3.44 starsThe literary merits of this novel are unquestionable, but there are about 200 pages of unnecessary rambling as well as a clear bias of Frances Hodgson Burnett, which is absolutely natural (and knowin 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
Another novel in my reading binge of Persephone novels or novels written in the early 20th Century and were popular then but have been forgotten today. This one has a very apt title. The "shuttle" refers to the rich American heiresses who could not make the best societal marriages because their fami 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
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
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
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
Reading this book, I couldn't stop feeling that it is some kind of a lesson or a summary of the life. I felt that Frances Hodgson Burnett told me about the life and times she knew in the way that would teach me something. Definitely, it isn't just a novel nor just a story. I think it is a great book Leggi tutto
...There are moments in this novel when it feels as if we have returned to the secret garden, as adults, and are allowed to step amongst the ruins of a wonderfully, dilapidated garden that is crying out for a make over. In fact, the whole book could be read as such. Not only do we find a garden that Leggi tutto
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