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My Last Duchess por Daisy Goodwin
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My Last Duchess (original 2010; edição 2011)

por Daisy Goodwin

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"Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora's story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. "For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn't always buy them happiness." --DAISY GOODWIN IN THE DAILY MAIL"--… (mais)
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Título:My Last Duchess
Autores:Daisy Goodwin
Informação:Headline Review (2011), Paperback, 468 pages
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Nice writing style but the story could have had more to it. Enjoyed learning about how the main concepts of this story were based on truth - rich American girls trying to become English royalty, their lifestyle of just rich clothes and parties. Liked Cora until she became pregnant - she had spunk by making things work her way, her way of dealing with the double duchess for a mother-in-law, and deep down had a true heart demonstrated by her thoughts about helping others. Hated Ivo from when he left while she was pregnant - expected him to grow and he just continued to exist. Glad that Bertha could eventually get a bit of her own life rather just a servant. Ending tied up story lines. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
With the exception of the character of Bertha this book was ok. More dramatic than Downton Abbey but along the same lines. It's full of standard romance tropes and somewhat based on details of the lives of Consuela and Alva Vanderbilt. Still it was an entertaining look at this era.

The main problem with this narrative is the character of Bertha, a Black Lady's maid. The treatment of Bertha from beginning to end is horribly, classically, racist. It's like I'm reading Gone With The Wind or the author was playing Racist Bingo and decided to hit every square.

Bertha's character is viewed and views herself through a racist lens. The effect is uncomfortable and jarring. She's not remotely believable for her time and place. Nor is she believably written as a Black Woman of any era.

The scene with Cora bribing her is not historically plausible and unnecessary to the story. Why be offensive on purpose? It's highly doubtful a woman of Cora's class would have cash in their rooms much less the equivalent of about $1300.00 in today's value. Society was not heavily a cash culture at that time. Also rich people rarely carry cash, they settle their bills usually monthly via accountant during this period. They would shop and be billed later. There's no even discussion of money amongst this class, it's vulgar. Further a young unmarried woman I'm just not sure would have that much cash lying around. While $50 sounds small today, in 1900 the average US worker earned $13 a week.

Most importantly Black folks were often sexually assaulted during chattel slavery, the civil war, reconsruction and Jim Crow eras; this was clearly coercion and not consensual. It seems the purpose of this scene is to establish Bertha as a commodity more than an individual immediately. This is 30 yrs after the civil war meaning Bertha's mother and family were most likely chattel slaves. This is terribly insensitive and Bertha likely would be well aware of her risk of sexual assault and that would be a fear here. That history is utterly ignored leaving this scene unbelievable and historically inaccurate.

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1 vote LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Great characters.

Terrifically woven tale. Characters were well defined. The plot was ever so slightly twisty in the end. Well done on many fronts. ( )
  PollyannaPitbull | Oct 28, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book alright, it just didn't have much substance to it. Here is my full review. ( )
  hopebarton2014 | Jun 15, 2020 |
Great quick summer read. Downton Abbey. ( )
  bookscentlover | Sep 9, 2019 |
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A shrewd, spirited historical romance with flavors of Edith Wharton, Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, Upstairs, Downstairs and a dash of People magazine that charts a bumpy marriage of New World money and Old World tradition.
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The visiting hour was almost over, so the hummingbird man encountered only the occasional carriage as he pushed his cart along the narrow strip of road between the mansions of Newport and the Atlantic ocean.
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"Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora's story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. "For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn't always buy them happiness." --DAISY GOODWIN IN THE DAILY MAIL"--

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