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The Wheel of Fortune (2 Volumes) (original: 1984; edição: 1984)

de Susan Howatch (Autor)

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An "emotion-packed" New York Times-bestselling saga by the author of Cashelmara, set on a Welsh family estate in the early twentieth century (San Francisco Chronicle). Tucked in the hills of South Wales is Oxmoon, the ancestral estate of the Godwin family. In the summers before 1914, music streams through the family home as the Godwins, at the height of their prosperity, dance in the ballroom with their guests. But despite the remarkable talents of heir-apparent Robert Godwin, the fates have a rough, tough ride planned for him and those he loves. Fortunes shift during two world wars, disastrous love affairs leave the family battered, and finally jealousy threatens to destroy Oxmoon and all it symbolizes. Based on a true story that has been updated to modern times, The Wheel of Fortune is a timeless tale of love, hatred, revenge, redemption, and forgiveness.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.… (mais)
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Título:The Wheel of Fortune (2 Volumes)
Autores:Susan Howatch (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (1984), Edition: 1st, 1070 pages
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The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch is a 2012 Open Road Media publication- (Originally published in 1985 by Fawcett)

This ENORMOUS tome is a generational family saga centered around the Godwin family and their manor home Oxmoor.

The story begins in 1913- and carries the reader all the up to 1970. The first narrator is Robert Godwin – a man obsessed with both winning and bringing the Oxmoor estate back from the brink of ruin- which was a result of his grandmother’s scandalous affair.

Yet Robert is not without his own grand passions- he is also obsessed with his cousin, Ginverva. Through shocking revelations, he eventually wins Ginerva over his mother’s stringent objections and the couple marry- and eventually start a family of their own.

From here the story is told in parts by various members of the family- all in first the person narrative- throughout the coming years, and decades- as they engage in scandal, obsession, competition, classism, and even murder- all while holding fast to the imposing Oxmoor mansion…

Whew! Okay, this story is quasi-based, on- or is a retelling of- the history of John of Gault, Richard II, and the Bolingbrokes. This could be fun to research someday- but after completing a 1000 pages on the Godwin’s, that will have to be a project for another day.

If you like a long- and I do mean- LOOONNNGGG- family saga packed with every kind of scandal you can think of, filled with incredibly flawed characters, grand passions, heartbreaks, bitterness, guilt, adultery, cover-ups, and a possible murder mystery- then you’ve come to the right place!!

Unfortunately, as action packed as all this sounds the novel truly dragged on, especially in the midsection and I think it could have trimmed down significantly, or it should, at the very least, have been broken up into segments, perhaps like a trilogy, instead of one, huge, doorstop- sized tome.

At times the saga was incredibly absorbing, and at other times, I had to put the book aside for long periods because I lost interest.

The last portion of the book was interesting- but I thought it got a bit weird- with all the psychoanalysis- but the mystery was compelling, if a big convoluted.

I often associate Susan Howatch with Gothic novels popular in the 70s, but she wrote more books like this one, which I’d categorize as European literature, historical fiction, and Family Saga- rather than anything Gothic. The big old Oxmoor estate is the only thing ‘Gothic’ about this one, in my opinion. I loved 'Cashelmara', but this one was a real struggle for me, at times. I liked it, overall, but I can’t say I loved it.

That said, I was fortunate enough to come across three hardcover books by Howatch recently, to add to my scant collection of her books, and am looking forward to reading more of her work in the future…

When I can clear my schedule for one of her marathons, that is.

3.25 stars ( )
  gpangel | Aug 27, 2021 |
A great story filled with complex characters.

For a detailed review, click on the link below:

http://onerightword.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-wheel-of-fortune-susan-howatch.ht...

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  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
I've enjoyed every Susan Howatch novel I've read. This is a good family saga about a mansion in Wales and how it is the undoing of an entire family. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
Saga of the house of Oxmoon and the power it wields over the family. The novel extends over several decades, as the past is uncovered, emotions are laid bare, and power struggles tear people apart. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
"The Wheel of Fortune" is a saga of epic proportions covering five generations of the Godwin family from 1913 to the late 1960’s. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews... you will read about births, deaths, marriages, divorce, affairs and outrageous scandals. Howatch writes great dialogue, presents deeply complex realistic characters, and has no difficulty holding the readers’ interest with intrigue and drama.

The basic plot involves the never-ending power struggle to control the Godwin estate. The Godwins were landed gentry, owning vast acreage of several adjoining farms, a village of cottages leased to the farm laborers, and the magical estate called Oxmoon. Even though tradition in Wales was for the oldest living son to be the heir, that seldom occurred due to death, insanity, or infertility. As the children of each generation battle to inherit Oxmoon against the background of the Godwin family’s legendary scandals, one descendant compares his father and grand-father to Greek Tragedy, “sodomy, adultery, murder, robbery, madness and lust.” (Pg. 103). Ironically all the Godwins live in hypocrisy behind a delusional veil of decency and goodness - constantly reminding each other they are “doing the done thing”, and how important it is to “draw the line” for acceptable behavior. Unfortunately the line was usually drawn much too late... at all the wrong times, and for all the wrong reasons. Inevitable, chaos ensued.

Typical of Susan Howatch’s novels, the story is told in segments of years by different members of the family. Thus, just about the time you tire of hearing one characters point of view, everything shifts as another family member takes over as narrator. This is a wonderful writing technique as it allows the reader to view everything from various perspectives. After all, there is always more than one side to any story, especially if a family feud is involved.

At times you may think the plot is preposterous, but The Wheel of Fortune is in fact loosely based on the true life story of the Plantagenet dynasty: Edward of Woodstock and his son King Richard II, his nephew King Henry IV, and his grandson King Henry V.

The story has a philosophical element based on Boethius’ principle that life is like a spinning wheel where each person has the fate to potentially rise to success and fall to the depths of despair - completing the circle in time - sometimes repeating history where eventually the past, present, and future magically overlap. Howatch explains it perfectly, “time is like a circle, time goes round and round like a wheel, and that’s why one hears echos of the past continually... it’s because the past is present; you don’t have to look back down the straight line, you just look across the circle, and there are the echos of the past and the vision of the future, and they’re all present, all now, all forever.” (Pg. 331). In other words, the Godwin family is forever haunted by the sins of past generations and propelled by their ancestor’s grandiose dreams of the future.

As with any good multi generation epic tale, "The Wheel of Fortune" brings forth a melancholy and nostalgic frame of mind. Each generation faces it’s own challenges, each person struggling in their own wheel of life, and in the end leaving behind nothing more than a few memorable stories, photographs, and if they are lucky, some kind of lasting legacy... like the estate of Oxmoon. "The Wheel of Fortune" certainly is a stark reminder of the vastness of eternity and the minuscule length... just a mere speck in time, of one humans mortality. And though we often think our actions will not affect others, "The Wheel of Fortune" shows us the rippling effect of consequences filtered across the space of time. ( )
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An "emotion-packed" New York Times-bestselling saga by the author of Cashelmara, set on a Welsh family estate in the early twentieth century (San Francisco Chronicle). Tucked in the hills of South Wales is Oxmoon, the ancestral estate of the Godwin family. In the summers before 1914, music streams through the family home as the Godwins, at the height of their prosperity, dance in the ballroom with their guests. But despite the remarkable talents of heir-apparent Robert Godwin, the fates have a rough, tough ride planned for him and those he loves. Fortunes shift during two world wars, disastrous love affairs leave the family battered, and finally jealousy threatens to destroy Oxmoon and all it symbolizes. Based on a true story that has been updated to modern times, The Wheel of Fortune is a timeless tale of love, hatred, revenge, redemption, and forgiveness.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.

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