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An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew (edição 2018)

por Annejet van der Zijl (Autor), Michele Hutchison (Tradutor)

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A Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestseller. Two-time Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel names An American Princess as one of her favorite book of the year: "light and gracefully written, it dances through a century of history..." (The Guardian) Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the wealthiest families in America. But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Never once did she look back. From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.… (mais)
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Título:An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew
Autores:Annejet van der Zijl (Autor)
Outros autores:Michele Hutchison (Tradutor)
Informação:Amazon Crossing (2018), Edition: Unabridged, 233 pages
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This is a remarkable story that survived so much heartache that I struggled to put it down. The author's flawless writing took you to the heart of each incident that impacted the world but mostly Allene Tew.

Allene Tew's indeed had many lives, the one the stepping stone for the next as she grew older and wiser through each. She survived the Spanish fly, two world wars, five husbands and manoeuvred through the great depression with grace and determination few people did.
By the end of her life, she had lived it all and seen it all. The grave a sad companion which made her stronger as she laid to rest those she loved the most and in the end, she passed away with the oceanview as her only companion.

Of course, it helped to have an unlimited bank account but with it, she gave back in abundance. She believed to help those less fortunate while she loved the beauty of life. It could be seen through her many travels, her art collections and the houses she loved so much.

What I really enjoyed about this book was how the author kept the history relevant. A condensed version of the turmoil and heartache the depression years had done, the war and aftereffects and how it impacted each country and its people. As if she tried to lift the veil in a gentle yet emphatic manner.
Truly an inspiring story. ( )
  lynelle.clark.5 | Oct 7, 2020 |
What a life's story! This book was written well in Dutch and translated expertly. Tew lived her life with tenacity, vibrancy, and courage. From this account, at least, she allowed no one to draw the outlines of how her life should be lived. Not only did she live with elan, she loved with great ardor. She did not hoard her money but used what she amassed and somehow ended up with absolute piles of it. Her purchases of real estate followed her where ever she traveled. While others committed suicide as a result of the stock market crash, she retrenched and found a way to keep the important homes she owned and her paper stocks: worth only pennies at the time of the crash, she wisely knew some, at least, would rebound. She learned about art and collected it. She learned the value of keeping her homes in her name. She learned to keep friends by being a friend. She learned how to deal with the grief of losing children by sponsoring other children. Her life spanned 1872 to 1955. ( )
  kaulsu | Feb 19, 2020 |
This was a highly engaging book about an American lady most Americans know nothing about. Allene's life is fascinating. From its beginning in Jamestown, New York, to it's close in a house by the sea in France, Allene's life is one of tragedy, triumph, sorrow, and love. Allene's personal friendships brought her into contact with members of the Dutch royal family, and had it not been for her influence, Holland may not have a royal family today. It's a wonderful look at a time gone by. The English version of the book (from the original Dutch) does not feel like a translation at all. An excellent read. ( )
  briandrewz | Oct 19, 2019 |
Aliene Tew came of age in a pioneer community on the edges of civilization. The time was the late 1800's and for a woman there were few ways to escape the life you were born into. But Aliene was a fighter and a survivor and she always found a way to rise above her past circumstances, tamp down her grief, and move on to bigger and hopefully better things. So from the time of her first marriage to the time of her fifth she lived a remarkable life.
This kept my interest while I was reading it, but I don't remember many of the details. I do remember Aliene suffered some horrible tragedies but she had a remarkable ability to put the past behind her and move on with life. ( )
  debs4jc | Oct 9, 2019 |
I'm afraid that I just didn't find this woman's life very compelling. Allene Tew's extended family were founders of Jamestown, New York. Her own parents were not quite in high society, although they had ambitions. Allene got pregnant at 18 and eloped with Tod Hochstetter, heir to a Pittsburgh elixir fortune. It wasn't a happy marriage as her husband was a gambler and boozer. They had three children, all of whom died young (Verna at age two, Greta and Teddy both in 1918; he was a pilot shot down by the Germans and Great, a pregnancy young wife, contracted Spanish Flu). Following a "Paris divorce," Allene married another boozer/gambler and divorced again. Her third husband, Anson Burchard, head of the new General Electric Company, was the only husband who seemed to marry her for love instead of for her beauty or money. The next two husbands, both younger, were minor European aristocrats. She used some of her fortune for philanthropic projects, but it seemed like most of it went to her habit of buying houses (including one in Newport owned by the Astors); she picked up houses like some women pick up lipsticks or scarves. She also supported a lot of lazy extended family members, including her fourth husband's son, who never worked in his life but preferred to live in one of her many houses, waited upon by her servants.

Allene was in the society pages most of her life, for her marriages, divorces, and the controversy over her will. But why any of this makes her worthy of a biography is beyond me, and in fact, this is a rather short one as the last 25% of the book is devoted to the author's acknowledgements, bibliography, and notes. In her epilogue, she states that what fascinated her was Allene's persistent focus on the positive, which she admires as a wonderful Victorian approach to life. In many of her letters to her stepson, Allene advises him not to blame others for his problems and to looks for the good in everyone. Personally, I'm finding that a lot harder to do in the Age of Trump. I just didn't see that much to admire here, let alone much of interest. Unlike other philanthropists, Allene didn't even leave her fortune to serve the public good but left it to friends, servants, and extended family members, many of whom had been living off her wealth and quarreling over her will for years. ( )
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A Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestseller. Two-time Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel names An American Princess as one of her favorite book of the year: "light and gracefully written, it dances through a century of history..." (The Guardian) Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the wealthiest families in America. But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Never once did she look back. From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.

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