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The India Fan av Victoria Holt
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The India Fan (urspr publ 1988; utgåvan 1989)

av Victoria Holt (Författare)

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"A mesmerizing story of blackmail, romance, and deception."-Associated Press A parson's daughter, Druscilla Delaneyis enthralled by her wealthy, glamorous neighbors-the Framlings-and their handsome son, Fabian. They gift her with a priceless heirloom, a beautiful fan that brings with it a terrible curse. Beautiful as its peacock feathers may be, the priceless fan hidden deep in the Framling mansion hasa legacy of death and destruction. And Druscilla has no idea she's been marked by its curse. But the fan's dark past might prove less of a danger than Fabian Framlinghimself. Dark, brooding, and dominating, will he be the one to save her from the fan's cruel fate...or cause her demise? Including elements of historical romance and romanticsuspense, The India Fan is a spellbinding tale from the Queen of Gothic Romance. Fast-paced and gripping, fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, and Daphne Du Maurier will be awestruck by this Victorian gothic thriller complete with romance, murder, and mayhem. Other Titles from Victoria Holt Pride and the Peacock:To secure her inheritance, Jessica Clavering agrees to a marriage of convenience, but will her handsome new husband's desire for her ever surpass his obsession with a famously cursed opal? The Shivering Sands:Caroline Verlaine's sister has gone missing and no one can tell her why. The only option is to go where Roma was last seen-an estate with a deadly history. The Time of the Hunter's Moon: According to legend, a girl will see her future husband at the time of the hunter's moon. But when the handsome stranger revealed to Cordelia Grant disappears after an all-too-brief encounter, she has to wonder: Was he merely an apparition...or something more? What readers are saying about The India Fan "The India Fanwas beautiful. It was long and complex and draining. It was gripping." "Once you start, you can't put it down." "A knock-outnovel of mysticism and murder..." "This book brings memories!!! I read it when I was in high school and it remains one of my favoritebooks to read." What reviewers are saying about The India Fan "...romance, curses, dark secrets, and a Gothic tale of epic proportions"-My Book Addiction and More "...an absolutely engrossing read. The story-telling is excellent and I found the historical background fascinating."-Romantic Historical Lovers "Enthralling."-The New York Times Book Review "Fresh and steadily compelling."-Kirkus "Readers will savor this sweepingcoming-of-age tale"-Publishers Weekly "The India Fan is one of those epicstories that youcan completely immerse yourself in and it will stay in your memory for years."-Great Historicals What everyone is saying about the Queen of Gothic Romance Victoria Holt "Victoria Holt's writing is captivating"-Bookfoolery "She spins history with romance and intrigue and always leaves me wanting more." "Holt's stories are spell binding....page turners." "I love her books! I have read all of them again and again. She is a wonderful storyteller." "One of the supreme writers of gothic romance, a compelling storyteller whose gripping novelshave thrilled millions."-RT Book Reviews… (mer)
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Titel:The India Fan
Författare:Victoria Holt (Författare)
Info:Ivy Books (1989), 408 pages
Samlingar:Mom and Dad 2020
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Taggar:202012, Karis garden East middle

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I don't even know how to start this review. I really enjoyed the other Victoria Holt book I read, Mistress of Mellyn, but this one, no. A thousand times no. There was sexism, classicism, racism, I am sure I am forgetting some -ism. And yes, I do get that the setting that this book takes place in is just echoing what these times were like, it still doesn't mean I have to like it. But more than that, the main character Drusilla sucks. She does. From her shaming a woman who was raped and wants to give the baby up for adoption, for her actually calling another woman she considers a good friend a slut, she is the most judgmental thing ever. And if you want her to keep reading about how plain she is every five seconds well then this is the book for you. Her being plain had nothing to do with her overall terribleness. I starting hoping that the curse of the fan would be a thing and she end up dead in a ditch holding a sign saying "I am plain."

Drusilla finds herself becoming more tied to the wealthy Framlings. She is a daughter of the local rector and though she's not of the same class as the Framlings, she is considered good enough to be a playmate to the Framling daughter Lucinda.

Drusilla also finds herself becoming more fascinated with the Framling son, Fabian. Why you ask? Because when she was a baby, he decided to kidnap her cause he wanted a baby of his own. I am not kidding people. This is a thing through the whole book. Instead of Drusilla's father saying yeah, give me back my daughter, she was allowed to stay with the family for two weeks, because Lady Harriet (Lucinda and Fabian's overly indulgent mother) never says no to her terrible ass kids.

Drusilla who should actually be more leery of the whole family just finds herself judging Lucinda for her wanton ways, and trying her best to resist Fabian and knowing that she's plain so he can't actually really like her.

The "India Fan" comes into play early in the book due to Fabian ordering Drusilla to take it and bring it back to him. Then she and readers finds out about a curse on the fan from the owner, Fabian and Lucinda's mentally impaired aunt/cousin. I can't even remember her relation to the family at this point. So Holt lures you into thinking that something terrible can happen to Drusilla at any moment because of the curse of this fan (oh how I wish) and it's kind of in Drusilla's head sometimes, but then it's not.

Maybe the book would have worked if the secondary characters had been more developed or not just terrible too. But with a plot that really just shows Drusilla being tied more and more to the Framlings and for some dumb reason, Lady Harriet constantly manipulating things so that Drusilla is forced to follow along after Lucinda in order to get her to start acting right and proper. Lucinda is apparently just a nymphomaniac that cannot help having sex with any man that stares at her too long. Drusilla is okay with this though, because even though Lucinda is obviously beautiful, she at least it not intelligent. Also she can constantly bring up things Lucinda has done in order to slut-shame her.

Once the two young girls are sent off to a finishing school in France, the book just drags. We are introduced to some new characters here and there, but no one really is important until the character Janine. I won't get into her too much, because spoilers, but honestly I did feel for this character and hated what Holt did with her as well.

Drusilla finds herself growing to like Fabian more and more as she is older, but guards against it. Heck I don't know what to say about Fabian really except I was not feeling him at all.

Drusilla eventually goes to live as a companion to Lucinda after Lucinda and her new husband move to India. We find that Lucinda even after having two children keeps making terrible choices, but honestly at this point I just felt bad for her. She honestly seems to think the only thing that makes her worthwhile is her beauty and having men fighting/paying attention to her. And Drusilla treats her like a very slow-witted dog sometimes. Ugh. Moving on.

When the book moves settings to India, it got even more worse. Jesus, I need a better word than "worse" right now. During the time period of this book (early 1800s due to mention of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert) the British East India Company has gotten a foothold in India and has started to outlaw things like "Thugee" during the Thugee and Dacoity Suppression Acts. And yes things like "thugee" were flat out terrible. But a company going into a country with their own private military and telling another culture that they are not allowed to do things that they have been doing for hundreds of years tends to go over badly. Not to mention that the company's practices were seen as a direct cause of famine throughout India. Sorry I am getting a little too history-centric in my review. But due to the book's setting during this terrible history in India is actually important. Holt just takes a puddle deep examination of what is going on there and mostly the book is saying except for some loyal servants, most Indians are bad. Maybe that is not what she meant to do, but that is how it seems.

The writing did not seem written for the time period in this story. At times the language used was way too modern. The flow dragged. I think maybe the book could have been better if some of the earlier things dealing with Lucinda at school would have been cut. We get it book, she's terrible.

The ending was the saddest thing ever. Drusilla is thrilled because even though she's plain, she still has the love of [redacted]. She pretty much ignores the fact that she is still being manipulated by the Framlings to do what they want and she just goes along with it, because hey, she's getting what she wants.

I read this for the Gothic Romance square for Romance Book Bingo 2017. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
I thought early on that “The India Fan” was going to be one of Victoria Holt’s better novels, as I really enjoyed the main characters’ childhood days; however, as they grow up, I grew less engaged with the story.

The narrative is slow, with little of the suspense featured in a typical Holt novel, and crucial events are largely predictable. At times, it’s quite boring.

As usual with this author, there’s too much *telling*, as opposed to *showing*. Many times in this book the reader is told what happened, when the author could’ve dramatized scenes to show what happened.

I consider Lavinia to be the best-drawn character. She’s vivid and believable. I also liked the heroine of the piece, but in general, not many of the cast are memorable characters. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jul 24, 2018 |
good but long
  patgrubb | Jan 20, 2016 |
Drusilla, rector's daughter, tied to the Framlings, in England + India - evil curse of fan.

Beautiful Drusilla Delany had always been a sensible girl, the daughter of an impoverished vicar in Victorian England. But then she became infatuated with wealthy Fabian and Lavinia Framling--and inherited an extraordinary fan with a beautiful and fateful curse! A knock-out novel of mysticism and murder from the author of The Silk Vendetta.
  christinejoseph | Sep 15, 2015 |
I really enjoyed the first half of this novel - it was very girl meets house gothic - but came unstuck when the action moved to India. I enjoyed the set up with the narrator having been kidnapped by the local lordling as a child, and the dynamic they had as a result. Drusilla's life and family in England were well realised and rounded, and her role as a companion rang true for the era. The maiden aunt with the peacock fan didn't seem very relevant, but added to the gothic overtures.

I had been looking forward to the India section, but was disappointed almost as soon as the characters got there. I got the impression the narrative was trying to suggest that even Drusilla's acceptance of Imperialism was not a good thing, let alone those characters actively involved with the East India Company, but the plot did nothing to back this up. By portraying the Indian characters as either good submissive servants (so submissive many didn't even get names) or arrogant sexual predators, thuggees who wanted to force women into suttee, the Indian Rebellion was reduced to a group of people who wanted to right to burn widows back.

It was deeply uncomfortable reading, and left me with very little sympathy for any of the English characters. By the time the plot returned to England I didn't really care how to romance ended up. The fan as a motif only turned up sporadically, and it never felt like it had more than a glancing impact on the plot (Drusilla's life prior to going to India seems more blessed than cursed). Having had this book come so highly recommended, I was more disappointed than I might have been had I come in blind, but a lot of that also came from enjoying the first half so much that the racist elements of the second completely blindsided me. ( )
  MinaKelly | Aug 30, 2015 |
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"A mesmerizing story of blackmail, romance, and deception."-Associated Press A parson's daughter, Druscilla Delaneyis enthralled by her wealthy, glamorous neighbors-the Framlings-and their handsome son, Fabian. They gift her with a priceless heirloom, a beautiful fan that brings with it a terrible curse. Beautiful as its peacock feathers may be, the priceless fan hidden deep in the Framling mansion hasa legacy of death and destruction. And Druscilla has no idea she's been marked by its curse. But the fan's dark past might prove less of a danger than Fabian Framlinghimself. Dark, brooding, and dominating, will he be the one to save her from the fan's cruel fate...or cause her demise? Including elements of historical romance and romanticsuspense, The India Fan is a spellbinding tale from the Queen of Gothic Romance. Fast-paced and gripping, fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, and Daphne Du Maurier will be awestruck by this Victorian gothic thriller complete with romance, murder, and mayhem. Other Titles from Victoria Holt Pride and the Peacock:To secure her inheritance, Jessica Clavering agrees to a marriage of convenience, but will her handsome new husband's desire for her ever surpass his obsession with a famously cursed opal? The Shivering Sands:Caroline Verlaine's sister has gone missing and no one can tell her why. The only option is to go where Roma was last seen-an estate with a deadly history. The Time of the Hunter's Moon: According to legend, a girl will see her future husband at the time of the hunter's moon. But when the handsome stranger revealed to Cordelia Grant disappears after an all-too-brief encounter, she has to wonder: Was he merely an apparition...or something more? What readers are saying about The India Fan "The India Fanwas beautiful. It was long and complex and draining. It was gripping." "Once you start, you can't put it down." "A knock-outnovel of mysticism and murder..." "This book brings memories!!! I read it when I was in high school and it remains one of my favoritebooks to read." What reviewers are saying about The India Fan "...romance, curses, dark secrets, and a Gothic tale of epic proportions"-My Book Addiction and More "...an absolutely engrossing read. The story-telling is excellent and I found the historical background fascinating."-Romantic Historical Lovers "Enthralling."-The New York Times Book Review "Fresh and steadily compelling."-Kirkus "Readers will savor this sweepingcoming-of-age tale"-Publishers Weekly "The India Fan is one of those epicstories that youcan completely immerse yourself in and it will stay in your memory for years."-Great Historicals What everyone is saying about the Queen of Gothic Romance Victoria Holt "Victoria Holt's writing is captivating"-Bookfoolery "She spins history with romance and intrigue and always leaves me wanting more." "Holt's stories are spell binding....page turners." "I love her books! I have read all of them again and again. She is a wonderful storyteller." "One of the supreme writers of gothic romance, a compelling storyteller whose gripping novelshave thrilled millions."-RT Book Reviews

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