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Fortune's Rocks: A Novel av Anita Shreve
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Fortune's Rocks: A Novel (utgåvan 2001)

av Anita Shreve (Författare)

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In 1890s Boston, a 15-year-old upper-class girl is banished to a convent following an affair with a married doctor which left her pregnant. The girl is forced to surrender the child for adoption, but she subsequently goes to court to recuperate it, and eventually marries the doctor. A study in the mores and manners of the day.… (mer)
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Titel:Fortune's Rocks: A Novel
Författare:Anita Shreve (Författare)
Info:Back Bay Books (2001), Edition: First Edition, 480 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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I have read other books by Shreve. Some I liked very much. Others I put on the bottom of my list of disliked books. After reading this one I have decided I will not purchase another, and probably will not read another, unless I have reason to believe it is worth reading.

The story takes place at the turn of the 20th century, and features Olympia Biddeford, fifteen at the start of the novel and a member of the privileged class. she is enjoying a stay at the family's summer "cottage" on the beach in Fortune's Rocks, New Hampshire. She has been given an unusual education, taught by her father, and is therefore well-read and capable of analysis and thought.

Her father gives her a small volume of stories, written by a man who will soon be the family's guest at dinner, John Haskell. Olympia retires to her room and finds herself caught up in the stories of mill town workers. Each story is a portrait of one person or family caught up in the poverty and dreadful conditions of working and living in the nearby mill towns.

That night she meets John Haskell and is immediately drawn to him. While discoursing (at her father's urging) on the stories, she is impressed by the thinking of the writer, and by something beyond his mind. It isn't long before Olympia and John Haskell are an item - a very secret one.

Olympia set upon an affair with a married man almost three times her age. She is so drawn to him that she cannot see her feelings as wrong, although she does worry about his wife and how she would feel if she were to discover them. Both Haskell and Biddeford fret over the situation but do not cut off relations, or even entertain such thoughts seriously or for long.

We are treated to Olympia's longing in page after page of detail. We are spared the intimate details of their coupling, although the first time we do see the blood on the sheets.

Olympia is intelligent and straightforward, within the limits of proper society. She does not feel it is wrong to love another, especially in the way she loves Haskell and he, apparently, loves her. She is, to use the term of the day, headstrong. A less formidable young woman might not have gone where she went.

Their actions lead to explosive results and change Olympia's life path forever. She remains, throughout hard times, resolute in her love for Haskell and in her belief in herself. In this, is she a product of another time? I'm not sure; it's possible that her wide-ranging reading has created a stronger character than her parents ever expected.

******Spoiler alert! I may be revealing too much from here on. ******

When Olympia discovers she is pregnant, she wants to keep the baby. Her father has other ideas. It is only three years after her son's birth that Olympia finally sees a way to claim her son, who has been taken into the foster care system and is being cared for by a "Franco" couple who work in the mills. Essentially, the crux of the novel rests on the court case she brings to recover her child. The case is modeled after actual cases of the time.

The novel exposes the lack of rights of women, the dreadful working conditions in the mills, the flouting of minimal child labor laws, and the orphanage system of the time. None of this is particularly new information for most of us, I believe. The inordinate amount of paper lost to Olympia's expressions of love for Haskell tired and irritated me beyond end. Was the point that this was an extraordinary love? Certainly it was unusual, given the age differences. I felt that Haskell took advantage, regardless of Olympia's inciting of the affair, that Shreve went out of her way to provide him with cover for what amounts to statutory rape. Ultimately I found Olympia and Haskell both self-centered and not particularly likeable. It didn't work for me.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Excellent book. Set in turn of the century 1900's, new England shore. Loved it. Sweet surprise ending.
  janesjournies | Jul 6, 2020 |
Another fantastic book given to me by Deana. She gets me! Check out this book. The scandal! The outrage! The strong female main character! I liked to imagine how different this story would've played out set in the present day. ( )
  CSKteach | Jul 20, 2018 |
Just too familiar a plot, and I didn't feel like reading that story again. ( )
  phyllis.shepherd | Feb 15, 2018 |
Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple. She is a precocious, well-educated young woman - alive with her own radical opinions and flush with the initial stirrings of maturity. On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the twentieth century - at a spot known as Fortune's Rocks - she spends her summers with her family at their vacation home. This particular summer will undoubtedly be a life-changing one for her; marked by the arrival of John Haskell - a doctor and a friend of her father's, whose new book about the plight of mill-town laborers has caused a sensation among those in well-to-do Society.

Olympia, herself, is thoroughly captivated by this man - by his intellect, his stature, and his drive to do right - even as she is overwhelmed for the first time by an irresistible sexual desire. She and the doctor - a married man, a father of four, and someone who is nearly three times her age - come together in an unthinkable, torturous, yet hopelessly passionate affair. So, Olympia casts aside any sense of propriety and self-preservation, plunging forward into a disastrous relationship that will ultimately have cataclysmic results. And the price of straying in such an unforgiving era is incredibly steep.

As Olympia is cast out of the only world she has ever known, she suffers the consequences of her choices. This is a profound and poignant story about unwise love and the choices which can transform a life. It is also the story of a remarkable young woman - her determination to reinvent herself and mend her broken life - and claim the one thing she finds she cannot live without.

I must say that I have always enjoyed reading anything by Anita Shreve - in my opinion, she is an absolutely wonderful author - and this book was no exception. Despite having read this book twice before, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. To me, this was a story that poignantly showed just how someone's choices can affect so many more people than just that one person; everyone suffers from the consequences of someone's personal choices - just like the ripples on a pond. Anyway, I would definitely give this book an A+! ( )
  moonshineandrosefire | Jul 14, 2016 |
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In 1890s Boston, a 15-year-old upper-class girl is banished to a convent following an affair with a married doctor which left her pregnant. The girl is forced to surrender the child for adoption, but she subsequently goes to court to recuperate it, and eventually marries the doctor. A study in the mores and manners of the day.

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