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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: 21.3 x 13.5 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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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 A Customer on June 17 2003
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This book was amazing. The style of writing and the suspense from chapter to chapter was unbelievable! I would highly recommend this book-It was one of the best books I've ever read!
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By A Customer on Nov. 28 2002
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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 most modern books lack.
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By Alison on June 20 2002
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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." It is full of twists and turns and you'll be finished reading it in a day or two because the adventure never slows down. Not what I typically think of for a Louis May Alcott book... as this was much more fast-pased. However, never predictable at all... even to the last page!
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By Alice Donlin on March 21 2002
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I read this book in one day - New Years day.
It is a page turner that leaves you craving the next sentence. It starts off a little slow, then quickly takes you into the "chase" all throughout Europe. Alcott's descriptions of character and setting take you from reader to fly-on-the-wall. It's escapism at it's best.
If you like suspense, you'll like this book. It is very unpredictable and adventurous. It definitely leaves you satisfied. Warning: it can be addictive - - 1 day!
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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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