A Long Fatal Love Chase Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 1996
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Rosamond Vivian, brought up on a remote island by an indifferent grandfather, swears she'd sell her soul to Satan for a year of freedom. When Philip Tempest enters her life, she is ripe for the plucking, but is soon caught up in a web of intrigue, cruelty and deceit stretching back far into the past. Remarkable for its portrayal of a sensual, spirited Victorian heroine, Louisa May Alcott's work, too shocking to be published during her lifetime, tells a compulsive tale of love, desire and deceit. Its publication more than a century after being written marks a new page in literary history. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
This romantic cliffhanger about a woman pursued by her ex-lover, a relentless stalker, seems sprung from today's headlines. Yet Alcott (1832-1888) wrote it more than a century and a quarter ago, in 1866 (two years before the appearance of Little Women), only to see it rejected it as "too sensational" by the magazine that had requested it. The novel has remained unpublished until now. Its heroine, the lonely, trusting 18-year-old Rosamond Vivian, who lives with her flinty, unloving grandfather on an English island, falls for the cynical, suave Phillip Tempest, who's nearly twice her age. He whisks her off to his Mediterranean villa near Nice, promising to marry her, but when she discovers that he is secretly married (and strongly suspects that he has murdered the son he never acknowledged), Rosamond flees to Paris, assuming a new identity. Phillip obsessively stalks her for two years, from France, where she seeks refuge in a convent and falls in love with a protective priest, to Germany, where Phillip has her committed to a lunatic asylum; eventually she flees to England. Alcott's portrayals of the pathological Phillip and of the conflicted Rosamond?who initially clings to her ex-lover, hoping to reform him until she realizes he is a murderous brute?show strong psychological insights. This absorbing novel revises our image of a complex and, it is now clear, prescient writer. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild selection; first serial to Ladies Home Journal; film rights to Citadel Entertainment
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Personally, I think Philip Tempest is one of the greatest villians of classic literature. There is nothing likeable about him, in the slightest; it is almost impossible to feel for him anything but hatred. Father Ignatius is as good as Tempest is evil, refusing to kill him even at the best of opportunities, despite the most valid of reasons. Rather than the classic damsel-in-distress, the heroine Rosamond Vivian is intelligent and resourceful but maintains the 'wronged-innocent' characteristic at the same time.
Rosamond's love for each of the men reflects on their character. With Tempest, a sudden fulfilling of a desire and then it is "killed"(quoting Rosamond). While, for Ignatius, a new, pure love, blossoms - affection rather than attraction. Of course, complications ensue leading to a dramatic climax.
Although the tragedy is regretable, I would not have preferred it otherwise for it is a fitting end to a masterpiece by a true artist.
The book was written in August and September of 1866 and mirrored a lot of the places Alcott saw while visiting Europe in 1865. Unfortunately, "A Long Fatal Love Chase" was not published until over a century later, rejected for being "too long and too sensational"--which, in truth, it is. The editor, Kent Bicknell, took the chore of deciphering Alcott's messy handwriting and finished the book for print in the late 1990s, leaving as much of the original story intact. Overall, it turned out pretty well. I would highly recommend this book to Louisa May Alcott fans or fans of historical, romantic fiction.
Although, Tempest is an antagonist, I like him all the better, cause, he only did for her LOVE. And purly, is the LOVE so strong between ROSE AND IGNATIUS! Although he is a priest, he will like her all the better, goes with the teaching of the great preacher Martin Luther.
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This book was amazing. The style of writing and the suspense from chapter to chapter was unbelievable! Read morePublished on June 17 2003
This thriller was a surprise to me as I had not imagined Louisa May Alcott wrote this genre.
As with all other Louisa May Alcott books, it is well written and has a depth that... Read more
This is a very suspenseful book---each chapter ends with a surprise. The title of the book says it all "a long fatal love chase. Read morePublished on June 20 2002 by Alison
I read this book in one day - New Years day.
It is a page turner that leaves you craving the next sentence. Read more
I found this novel of love and deceit an appealing tale. I recommend this book to young readers who are interested in love and deception. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2001 by Marisa
A Long Fatal Love Chase was interesting because it was just recently published when the author has been deceased so long & also because Ms. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2001 by Carri L. Shook
This is, presumably, a melodramatic potboiler that Louisa wrote to pay the bills and then thought better of publishing; too bad it's been revived now, as the utterly shallow... Read morePublished on July 20 2001
This book was well written and very good, but I was not pleased with how it ended. I expected something to that effect, but I still wasn't happy when it came about. Read morePublished on June 12 2001 by Phylis J