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Dragonwyck por Anya Seton
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Dragonwyck (original 1944; edição 2013)

por Anya Seton (Autor)

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""There was, on the Hudson, a way of life such as this, and there was a house not unlike Dragonwyck." In the spring of 1844 the Wells family receives a letter from a distant relative, the wealthy landowner Nicholas Van Ryn. He invites one of their daughters for an extended visit to his Hudson Valley estate, Dragonwyck. Eighteen-year-old Miranda, bored with the local suitors and her commonplace life on the farm, leaps at the chance for escape. She immediately falls under the spell of Nicholas and his mansion, mesmerized by its Gothic towers, flowering gardens, and luxurious lifestyle--unaware of the dark, terrible secrets that await. Anya Seton masterfully tells the heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her extraordinary passions, and the mystery that resides in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck"--… (mais)
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Título:Dragonwyck
Autores:Anya Seton (Autor)
Informação:Mariner Books (2013), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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A fairly weak entry in the Seton collection. Miranda is really the only fully formed character as the story is mostly told from her point of view. She comes as poor cousin to the manor house of Dragonwyck, an estate on the Hudson, remnant of the wealthy Dutch feudal they tried to create in the USA. Nicholas van Ryn is the patroon and a thoroughly creepy one. It soon becomes clear he has no moral code except his own dominance but that is where the novel really falls apart. We really only see him through Miranda, who is utterly smitten. Besides a few sentences, he never really gets a full character, he is mostly a classic villian. I saw the plot coming a mile away and the heavy foreshadowing didn't do much to help that. I think I appreciate her later novels a bit more now.
  amyem58 | May 23, 2021 |
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This book isn't a gothic romance, it's a character study that just happens to have a gothic backdrop. And the character it's studying isn't Miranda, it's Nicholas: a raging psychopath, a textbook abuser. The fairytale of the farm girl become (America's version of a) princess--including delightful descriptions of a fashionable wardrobe--interweave with the growing awareness of Nicholas's darkness. The tension mounts very slowly, seems to dissolve a few times, but comes rising back before it reaches its climax.

And it's damn readable too.

There are definitely a lot of weaknesses to this book. Jeff just doesn't really work as a character imo, the fatphobia directed at Johanna is just gross, there's a Puritanical distrust of luxury even while reveling in descriptions of that luxury, and the ending reads too much like Miranda has Learned Her Lesson and will be content to be Good and Virtuous and Work Hard and Never Wish for Fine Things Ever Again that's more than a little off-putting. But the characterization of Nicholas and the atmosphere of the oppression at Dragonwyck is so strongly drawn that the weaknesses are almost irrelevant. It's no surprise to me that, like in Rebecca, the house has to be destroyed in the end. The house is everything. That's one of my favorite tropes, and it's put to great use in this book. ( )
  the_lirazel | Apr 6, 2020 |
I pulled this off my Southern grandama's shelf when I was in high school. It's a gothic romanc set in New York's Hudson River Valley. Miranda is the poor but beautiful girl who dreams of living in Dragonwyck. The creepy lord of the manor has a sickly wife and hires Miranda as his housegirl and, duh, falls for her. My memory is sketchy on the details but there is conflict and Miranda may or may not learn to be careful what she wishes for. In any event, I loved this book when I was 15. Whether it holds up to adult reading, I may never know, because I'm lazy.

There's a movie version with Vincent Price as creepy lord of the manor. Turner Classic Movies saves the day again. ( )
  revafisheye | Jan 10, 2020 |
Dragonwyck is a classic 19th century gothic romance written in understandable 20th century prose. It has all the essential gothic elements: the gloomy castle, the darkly conflicted lord of the manor, the beautiful but naïve maiden, and just a hint of the occult. Although the modern writing style makes the story more accessible somehow it lessens the air of mystery and terror. At about the halfway point it’s pretty clear where the plot is going but it’s still an interesting read to see how it gets there. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
Miranda Wells is too dainty and flighty to fit in with her hard working, puritanical farming family. When a distant cousin invites her to act as companion to his young daughter, she leaps at the chance and soon arrives at the beautiful gothic mansion of Dragonwyck. It is ruled by the autocratic Nicholas Van Ryn, who is so handsome, powerful, cultured that Miranda falls for him immediately. Nicholas is haunted by his first wife, who cannot give him the son he craves, and by Miranda's beauty. After Johanna dies, he immediately proposes to Miranda. And it is here that the story takes a turn, because far from a meeting of minds or a storybook ending, Miranda's triumphant wedding rapidly becomes a nightmare.

This is like a wonderfully dark and twisted version of Jane Eyre or Rebecca, in which the remote older gentleman the heroine falls in love with is actually a terrifying villain. And yet, he is still as powerful and handsome as ever, and he's still quite attractive to the heroine, which makes the story all the more horrifying. Miranda is no Jane Eyre--she is silly, selfish, and bends to Nicholas's every whim. But she is an engrossing main character, perhaps in part because she is so unlike the smarter, wiser, less shallow heroines of better novels. I was rooting for her to get what she wanted from the very first. Miranda has to change in order to find happiness with the true hero of the book (the selfless Dr. Jeff Turner), but I never felt like this was a morality tale*.


*Actually, there is one very annoying bit: after her husband brutalizes her body and spirit for years, Miranda finally breaks free of him but nearly dies in the effort. She recovers, but her shining golden hair is shaven off during her fever, and she has unobtrusive brown hair ever after. I've seen this trope before, and it's bullshit every time.
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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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From childhood's hour I have not been

As others were; I have not seen

As others saw; I could not bring

My passions from a common spring.

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow; I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone;

And all I loved, I loved alone.

Then- in my childhood, in the dawn

Of a most stormy life- was drawn

From every depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still:

From the torrent, or the fountain,

From the red cliff of the mountain,

From the sun that round me rolled

In its autumn tint of gold,

From the lightning in the sky

As it passed me flying by,

From the thunder and the storm,

And the cloud that took the form

(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view.

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""There was, on the Hudson, a way of life such as this, and there was a house not unlike Dragonwyck." In the spring of 1844 the Wells family receives a letter from a distant relative, the wealthy landowner Nicholas Van Ryn. He invites one of their daughters for an extended visit to his Hudson Valley estate, Dragonwyck. Eighteen-year-old Miranda, bored with the local suitors and her commonplace life on the farm, leaps at the chance for escape. She immediately falls under the spell of Nicholas and his mansion, mesmerized by its Gothic towers, flowering gardens, and luxurious lifestyle--unaware of the dark, terrible secrets that await. Anya Seton masterfully tells the heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her extraordinary passions, and the mystery that resides in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck"--

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