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Elizabeth Blackwell (2)

Autor(a) de While Beauty Slept

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Elizabeth Blackwell (2) foi considerado como pseudónimo de Elizabeth Canning Blackwell.

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Obras de Elizabeth Blackwell

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While Beauty Slept (2014) 403 cópias
In the Shadow of Lakecrest (2017) 159 cópias
On a Cold Dark Sea (2018) 83 cópias
The House of Secrets (2009) 15 cópias
The Letter (2007) 9 cópias


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Blackwell, Elizabeth Canning
romance novelist



NOPE not for me. I know it's wrong to make snap judgements but trust me when I say, I tend to know when a book will hold my interest after only 50 or so pages now.
lexilewords | outras 42 resenhas | Dec 28, 2023 |
When fourteen-year-old Elise Dalriss loses her mother and almost all her siblings to the plague that nearly kills her too, she must make a desperate choice. She sees that she has no future on her father’s farm, which has been failing for years, and he’s a cruel, bitter, hard man, whom she fears. He’s also not her real father—Elise was born out of wedlock—and she doesn’t know who is, so she has that shame to bear as well.

Given courage by her mother’s last words and finding a few precious coins sewn into the dead woman’s skirt hem, Elise seizes her chance. She flees home and throws herself on the mercy of her mother’s sister. Receiving more kindness there than expected, Elise prepares to ask for employment as a chambermaid at the castle, where her mother once worked, and where King Ranolf and Queen Lenore hold court. It’s a terrifying proposition, especially for a girl of humble birth who knows nothing of court etiquette and little of the work for which she claims to be qualified.

This is the premise for an ingenious retelling of Sleeping Beauty, stripped of its romance and all the more captivating for it. Gone are the homage to chivalry, the rarefied sensibility, the obsession with instant physical attraction (though it does occur), or a royal perspective. Elise’s narration, though emphasizing the king, queen, and, later, their daughter—those fixtures of the legend remain—delves deeply into unpleasant realities no fairy tale ever concerned itself with. And I don’t mean the evil witch, though here she is.

Rather, Blackwell tells her story through the power imbalance between men and women, the snobbery of social rank (reveled in by those who have none), and the harshness of everyday life in an era that approximates the Middle Ages without too-specific detail. Typical of that time and any seat of power, the politics of court and realm take center stage, which believably grounds the narrative and offers credible, deeper motivations than the original.

When Ranolf and Lenore bemoan the lack of a child, they’re not just parents but rulers seeking an heir; foreign enemies menace the kingdom. Consequently, though Blackwell derives suspense from changing what we think we know, providing that contrast to expectations that draws us in, she’s also showing us a more plausible, harder-edged version than the original.

While Beauty Slept delivers a strong feminist message, but the novel revolves around the power of love—again, not courtly love or the powdered, happily-ever-after variety (in which you just add water and stir). She means abiding love, one that weathers years and trials without recompense asked or offered, that between parents and children, or between clear-eyed adults who’ve had enough time in life to rack up regrets.

Elise rises within the servant pecking order with perhaps too much ease—the story requires her to—though the author does her best to portray the fallout from her rivals, witness social snubs, jealousy, and backbiting. I don’t mind that so much, though I do question how a girl battered by life and a violent father could bloom so, once given the chance. That’s the downside to psychological realism versus fairy tale—once you throw down that gauntlet, you have to fulfill the challenge—and I’d have expected Elise’s losses to deduct a higher toll from her emotional resources.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t bother me as much as the moments when she announces that trouble’s a-coming, and, in retrospect (she’s retelling the story to her great-granddaughter), she wishes she’d done things differently. Such heavy-handed portents accomplish nothing except to pull the reader out of the story.

But While Beauty Slept adds realistic flesh to legendary bones in a thought-provoking way that speaks to the modern reader without compromising the time and place.
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Novelhistorian | outras 42 resenhas | Jan 25, 2023 |
Historical fiction about three women on the same lifeboat after the sinking of the Titanic, their backstories, and their lives afterward. The three women are linked together by trauma. I felt the author did a decent job of developing the characters and giving them interesting quirks, each representing one “class” of passenger. Having just read a non-fiction account of the rescue effort, I noticed a few historical inaccuracies. I felt the author showed the after-effects of a traumatic experience, and how it can impact lives for many years after the event. At times it ventured into the realm of melodrama and the ending seemed abrupt. I am not sure it added much to the Titanic oeuvre, other than perhaps giving more thought to what the experience in the life boats could have been like. I found it an entertaining story, albeit one without a great deal of depth.… (mais)
Castlelass | outras 7 resenhas | Oct 30, 2022 |
I liked it better 8 years later.

Rose is still a brat and I have no sympathy for her.
KittyCunningham | outras 42 resenhas | Oct 22, 2022 |


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