Dragonwyck (Rediscovered Classics) [Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory] on Amazon .com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. First published in Of course it initially caught my eye for its rather hideous s cover, but then I realised that it was by Anya Seton, who wrote Katherine, which. Dragonwyck Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, Dragonwyck by Anya Seton.
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Preview — Dragonwyck by Anya Seton. Dragonwyck by Anya Seton. Philippa Gregory Goodreads Dragonwtck Foreword by. First published inDragonwyck was a national bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in A classic gothic romance, the story features an znya Miranda Wells who falls under the spell drgaonwyck a mysterious old mansion and its equally fascinating master.
Tired of dragonwyckk butter, weeding the garden patch, and re First published inDragonwyck was a national bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in Tired of churning butter, weeding the garden seto, and receiving the dull young farmers who seek her hand in marriage, Miranda is excited by an invitation from the upstate New York estate of her distant relative, the intriguing Nicholas Van Ryn.
Her passion is kindled by the icy fire of Nicholas, the last of the Van Ryns, and the luxury of Dragonwyck, and a way of life of which she has only dreamed. Dressed in satin and lace, she becomes part of Dragonwyck, with its Gothic towers, flowering gardens, acres of tenant farms, and dark, terrible secrets. This compelling novel paints a marvelous portrait of a country torn between freedom and feudal traditions; a country divided between the very wealthy and the very poor.
Dragonwyck: Anya Seton
Poor tenant farmers at Dragonwyck, the European royalty who visit, and American icons rragonwyck as Swton Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and the Astors are vividly brought to life. This is a heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her breathtaking passions, and the mystery and terror that await her in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Sep 16, Lolly’s Library rated it liked it Shelves: This is not a Gothic romance novel. Is any of this really romantic? I gave the book three stars for the writing, which, considering it was Seton’s second novel, is remarkably mature and well-paced; the tension is palpable, the atmosphere evocatively limned on every page, and the chill of horror and suspicion is felt even in the happiest moments of the novel.
The storyline, however, is not my cup of tea. I will never be a victim and to read of someone willingly, and blindly, overlooking the warning signs from their partner, thus remaining a victim to that partner’s whims, is absolutely abhorrent to me. A psychopath has no conscience yet he also has no control; he doesn’t care how he appears to the larger world and has no desire to fit in.
Rather his psychosis manifests in ever-increasing bouts of violence with no sense of planning or logic, however twisted that logic might be. A sociopath, however, while still lacking a conscience, looks, acts, and seems like any other person. He is a chameleon. Just look at Ted Bundy, the most famous of sociopaths.
Dragonwyck: Anya Seton – The Idle Woman
It’s only when his twisted desires, his super-sized ego is thwarted that the mask of humanity comes off and his inner demon is revealed. Nicholas Van Ryn, though a fictional character, is a perfect example of this mental disorder. View all 14 comments. Y si hay algo que me gusta mucho es leer los libros en los que se basan para crear dichas adaptaciones a pantalla. Llevaba mucho tiempo deseando que editaran 3.
Y lo he disfrutado. View all 6 sston. Jan 17, Tara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The novel opens with the poem “Alone,” dragonayck Poe is one of the characters in this quintessential gothic tale.
I first found this in a used book seto when I was about 10 or 11, and every few years I am compelled to pick it up again, even though I know it through and through. Dragonwyck is the story wnya Miranda Wells, a farm girl in upstate New York with dreams of a luxurious life she can never hope t The first time I opened Dragonwyck was incidentally the first time I was exposed to Edgar Allan Poe.
Dragonwyck is the story of Miranda Wells, a farm girl in upstate New York with dreams of a luxurious life she dragohwyck never hope to attain. Her days are spent reading torrid novels, avoiding the advances of the village yokels, and trying her best to keep up appearances as setob helps her family toil on their land.
Her father is a good if overly religious and stern man, her mother perpetually weary, and her siblings see nothing wrong with the drudgery of farm life. Miranda’s dream is unexpectedly realized when the Wells family receives a letter from their wealthy draginwyck distant relative, Nicholas Van Ryn, offering to take in one of the Wells girls as a companion for his daughter, Katrine.
At Dragonwyck, Miranda is enchanted by her distant cousin, the handsome and of course brooding Nicholas. She is exposed to many luminaries of the age at the mansion on the Hudson, including Van Buren, and finds herself embroiled in the bitter wars between tenant farmers and naya lords. Being a gothic novel, of course sinister events which will dragnwyck her completely begin to unfold. I would venture to say that this book is not only a shining example of gothic literature: More interestingly, it captures without sentimentality the loss of innocence and the nature of evil.
It’s a quick read, and it’s back in print Jul 21, Sophie rated it really liked it Shelves: At first, Dragonwyck reminded me of Mansfield Park: But that resemblance was shattered as soon as Nicholas Van Ryn appeared. He is no Sir Thomas, and certainly no Edmund Bertram.
Nicholas is more like Maxim de Winter: And when Miranda is introduced to Dragonwyck and the life the Van Ryn’s anyya, the reader is also introduced to a feudal system that seems unlikely in American history.
Nicholas Van Ryn presides over his tenants like a European aristocrat, and the tenants are expected to appear before him twice a year to pay rent for the farms their families have been working for generations. That the system is crumbling around him is an example of the pressure Van Ryn feels to maintain his to him rightful place in the world. And really, Dragonwyck is more about him than any other character.
Miranda is the heroine of the story, but Nicholas Van Ryn is the hub around which the story orbits. His character is examined most–usually through Miranda’s eyes–but also through his own, albeit self-deluding, thoughts and emotions. wnya
It is inevitable, of course, that Miranda will fall in love with Nicholas, her glamorous, handsome, rich, all-powerful relative, and that the reader will root for them to get together especially after we encounter Nicholas’ wife Johanna. But what is less understandable is why Nicholas would fall in love with Miranda–the naive, young farm girl who doesn’t begin to understand him.
Eventually, of course, we realize the truth about Nicholas, their relationship and, as the author puts it, “what incalculable harm to many innocent people could be done by one supreme egotist”–a theme that is illustrated by the river boat races that bracket Miranda’s arrival and departure from Dragonwyck. Ultimately, the book was not at all what I expected, and the author broke a lot of rules that romance novelists follow these days, but I enjoyed reading it.
I liked the character growth that Miranda shows and I was so impressed with the author’s scholarship. She managed to weave in several historical events that I was not familiar with and presented a picture of mid-nineteenth century life that was both believable and surprising. Jan 29, Chaitra rated it liked it Shelves: Dragonwyck is a gothic romance in the vein of Jane Eyre, albeit set in America just before the Civil War. Nicholas Van Ryn is this novel’s Rochester.
A patroon in the dying days of feudal society, he clings to the trappings of fiefdom even when it becomes increasingly obvious that it is all going to end soon. He is also handsome, brooding, mysterious, and has a fat wife Johanna he doesn’t care for to boot. So it’s no wonder that his poor cousin Miranda falls hard for him when she comes to live Dragonwyck is a gothic romance in the vein of Jane Eyre, albeit set in America just before the Civil War. So it’s no wonder that his poor cousin Miranda falls hard for him when she comes to live with the Van Ryns, even though she’s nothing more than a glorified servant.
Johanna dies and Nicholas wastes no time in winning Miranda’s hand. He doesn’t even have to exert himself, she’s practically throwing herself at his feet. Everyone else has misgivings, but Miranda is blind to his faults, even when one of his fault leads to a poor tenant’s death.
Needless to say, a leopard doesn’t change its spots, just because, probably especially because, it has now married a beautiful woman with no will power and a talent for making up agreeable fantasies about said leopard’s spotty ways. And this is where Dragonwyck becomes better than normal gothic romances though Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books ever.
Miranda is a fool and is so blinded by wealth and the romance of the manor and her own vanity that she cannot or will not see the fear Nicholas inspires in everyone. Nicholas is tall, dark and handsome, but is a sociopath who will abuse his wife on her wedding night, humiliate and isolate her. There is a paper thin hero who is supposed to save the day, but gets to live because of a lucky co-incidence.
He also makes the almost fatal mistake of letting Miranda go off on her own, when her husband just tried to kill him and he made only a half hearted attempt to bind the guy. Suffice to say that Nicholas wasn’t in his best mood. Miranda only gets free of Nicholas because Seton changes his spots at the last minute.
Dragonwyck is also worse than normal gothic romances, because Miranda is never someone you root for, and Nicholas is never charming. My copy had an afterword written by Philippa Gregorywhere she tries to make the case that the way the book is written, the readers are as repulsed by Johanna as Nicholas and Miranda are and cheer when Johanna dies and Miranda and Nicholas get married.
After I read that, I wondered if Gregory and I read the same book. At no point did I feel that Nicholas was anything less than the asshole he was, and at no point did I think that Miranda was anything but a willfully blind and greedy child. Johanna aroused nothing but sympathy in me, because how else was she supposed to treat a vapid airhead trying to steal her husband under her nose? That she’s fond of food and consequently is fat is probably only enough to repulse the most shallow of people.
Miranda does turn around much later, after a number of years of subjugation under Nicholas. But even when her eyes are fully opened, she still lacks any insight into Nicholas’ psyche. Her turning into a democrat and dividing up the estate between tenants came out of nowhere.