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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786206233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786206230
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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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 the 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 The novel has remained unpublished until now.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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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What a brilliant book! Not as good as Little Women, perhaps, but a wonderful. Only slow for the first few chapters, after which it is fast-paced and highly entertaining. On moment Rosamond is in the garret and the next, she is at the asylum. I really cannot see why it was rejected so long ago because after all the immoral deeds of Tempest are condemned, not glorified.
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.
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By Shannon on Jan. 9 2002
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Louisa May Alcott's A Long Fatal Love Chase was an interesting and entertaining book. It is about a young girl, Rosamond, who gets swept away by a charming and worldly man, Tempest. Tempest also brings along his friend Lito, a little boy who becomes Rosamond's best friend. Together the three travel Europe, stopping when they wish and staying as long as they please. This is until Rosamond finds something shocking out about her husband and leaves Tempest. The rest of the story is Tempest stalking and trying to get Rosamond back. I liked how this showed the strength of Rosamond, taking on whatever challenge faces her. Alcott writes of the love, hatred, courage, and determination of a woman's spirit. I can see why it was not published in 1866 when written. Although a very entertaining book, sometimes it became slow for short intervals. Also, there are many references to European cultures I don't know much about. I think young women especially would enjoy this book. Also those who have traveled Europe to understand the references and be able to appreciate the beautiful scenes Alcott describes.
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By A Customer on Dec 26 2001
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The title of this book clearly states the plot: an 18-year-old young woman (Rosamond Vivian) is stalked for several years by her 35-year-old ex-lover (Phillip Tempest). The story begins on a tiny island in an unknown region (England, possibly), travels halfway through Europe--from Italy to France, to name a few places--, then comes full-circle back to England(?) for the dramatic ending (which was a little disappointing, I thought). On more than one occasion, I found myself snickering at how cheesy the book was, but for an "old classic", it was pretty entertaining and shocking, especially with the type of conflict not usually seen in Alcott's work, such as bigamy, divorce, and murder--all committed by Phillip with the help of his evil servant (Baptiste), including the murder of Phillip's own son, Lito.
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.
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By SM on Dec 14 2001
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Most of the people don't seem to get the taste of A LONG FATAL LOVE CHASE. It's excellent!!!!! It's about a girl, named Rosamond, who like us wanted freedom. Her wish comes true when a mysterious stranger, Phillip Tempest, comes to her island, and fall in love with her. She loved him as well, and everything was happy for almost an year, until Rose discovers that Tempest really had another wife and a child, LITO(one of my favt character) She then runs away, trying to be free again. She flees to Paris, Germany... etc. She befriend Honorine. And then she flees to asylum, and a priest named IGNATIUS(my favt character!!!), loves her tries to give her a hint not to trust anybody, but at that time she didnt like him very much, and then she feels very bad when Father Dominic betrays her. She will go to Comte's home, and will be happy for sometime, but this chase seems like it never ends! Then Tempest, will bring her home, and make sure she will be happy, but soon after, IGNATIUS, her only friend left comes her takes her with him. They go to Mrs. Tempest, and they will meet LITO again....discover.
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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