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A Long Fatal Love Chase Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 1996

4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Largeprint edition (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074517955X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745179551
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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"A deliciously readable page-turner."—New Yorker

"A suspenseful and thoroughly charming story...and it tends to confirm Alcott's position as the country's most articulate 19th-century feminist."—Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

"Sensational in every sense of the word: filled with exotic locations, lusty appetites and page-turning treachery."— Seattle Times

"A tale of obsessive love, stalking and murder that seems ripped right off today's tabloids."—USA Today

"Intriguing...Alcott's tale of obsession and sexual politics deepens our appreciation for her championing of women's rights and for her extraordinary storytelling skills."—Booklist

"At its core, Love Chase showcases an alluring, inspiring, made-for-movies heroine."—Entertainment Weekly

"There's something utterly refreshing about getting a glimpse of Alcott letting her hair down...A Long Fatal Love Chase gives us a glimpse of the wild, free creature Alcott the writer must have longed to be...the book is lively, so exuberant, and so naughty, reading it is like biting into a juicy peach."—Boston Phoenix


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The New York Times Bestseller

He stalked her every step--for she had become his obsession...

High praise for Louisa May Alcott's A Long Fatal Love Chase:

"A deliciously readable page-turner."
--The New Yorker

"A suspenseful and thoroughly charming story...and it tends to confirm Alcott's position as the country's most articulate 19th-century feminist."
--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

"Sensational in every sense of the word: filled with exotic locations, lusty appetites and page-turning treachery."
--The Seattle Times

"A tale of obsessive love, stalking and murder that seems ripped right off today's tabloids."
--USA Today

"Intriguing...Alcott's tale of obsession and sexual politics deepens our appreciation for her championing of women's rights and for her extraordinary storytelling skills."
--Booklist

"At its core, Love Chase showcases an alluring, inspiring, made-for-movies heroine."
--Entertainment Weekly

"There's something utterly refreshing about getting a glimpse of Alcott letting her hair down...Love Chase gives us a glimpse of the wild, free creature Alcott the writer must have longed to be...the book is lively, so exuberant, and so naughty, reading it is like biting into a juicy peach."
--The Boston Phoenix

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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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