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review 2018-05-18 04:22
Rezension | Tod in Connecticut von Wilson Collison
Tod in Connecticut - Wilson Collison Tod in Connecticut - Wilson Collison

Beschreibung

 

New York in den 1920er Jahren.

 

Die attraktive 25-jährige Nolya Noyes hätte es mit ihrer millionenschweren Erbschaft eigentlich ganz leicht in der New Yorker High Society Fuß zu fassen. Doch ihr eilt der Ruf eines hemmungslosen Flittchens voraus, das auf jegliche moralische Grundsätze der Gesellschaft pfeift. Erst als sie sich in den bereits verheirateten Arthur Raymond verliebt gerät Nolya ins wanken. Sie möchte Arthurs Leben nicht zerstören und zieht sich deshalb aus der Liebesbeziehung zurück. Als Nolya durch einen jungen Mann auf die Neujahrsfeier der Raymonds gelangt kommt es zum Schlimmsten…

 

Meine Meinung

 

Wilson Collisons Roman „Tod in Connecticut“ spielt in den 1920er Jahren. Das englische Original „Expensive Woman“ erschien bereits 1931. Daher ist es kaum verwunderlich, dass Wilson Collison mit Sprache und Erzählstil wunderbar die Atmosphäre dieses Jahrzehnts auf die Buchseiten bannt.

 

Die Story ist eigentlich ganz simpel, die bildschöne und reiche Dame Nolya Noyes führt ein ausschweifendes Leben und gerät als sie sich plötzlich leidenschaftlich verliebt in eine verzwickte Situation. Der Mann ihres Herzens ist bereits vergeben und sein Vater ein angesehener Anwalt. Dann wäre da noch Noylas erster Geliebter, ein Künstler mit nur wenig finanziellen Mitteln, der ihr jedoch immer zur Seite steht. Zuletzt kommt noch ein junger draufgängerischer Mann hinzu der das ganze zu einer Vierecksgeschichte ausweitet und schlussendlich auch den Showdown einläutet.

 

Der gemächliche Aufbau der Geschichte hat mir ganz gut gefallen auch wenn sich die Spannung dadurch sehr in Grenzen hält. Vielmehr steht die Persönlichkeit von Nolya und ihre widerstreitenden Gefühle im Mittelpunkt. Außerdem werden die unterschiedlichen Männer in Nolyas Leben mit feinem Pinselstrich gezeichnet. Für mich ergibt sich die Faszination die dieses Werk ausmacht durchaus aus den reizenden Charakteren die zusammen eine wunderbare Dynamik erzeugen.

 

Nach dem vor sich hinplätschernden Plot tritt der Showdown unvermittelt und schonungslos wie ein scharfer Cut ein. Auf der einen Seite ist das sicherlich ein wundervolles Stilmittel um die Situation einzufangen. Mir persönlich ging es ab dieser Stelle dann doch etwas zu schnell und die erfrischende Wirkung der unvorhergesehenen Entwicklung kann leider nicht über den offenen Ausgang bezüglich Nolyas gesundheitlicher Verfassung hinwegtrösten.

 

Fazit

 

Ein geistreicher Roman der vor allem durch schöne Sprache und eindrucksvolle Dialoge besticht.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-tod-in-connecticut-von-wilson-collison
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text 2017-06-21 11:26
21st June 2017
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

 

Mark Twain

 

June 21, 528: In Mark Twain's time-travel novel, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the protagonist saves himself from death by threatening to plunge the world into darkness. Luckily for him, his execution was scheduled at the same time as the only eclipse in the 6th century.

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review 2017-04-05 00:00
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain,Stephen Railton Not my favorite book by Twain.
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review 2015-11-05 00:00
Edwina: Bride of Connecticut
Edwina: Bride of Connecticut - Margaret ... Edwina: Bride of Connecticut - Margaret Tanner I had the pleasure of receiving this ARC for review. Thank you Susan Horsnell for introducing me to another fabulous Aussie author. I look forward to discovering more of her stories.
This story is part of a collaboration between 45 authors to write 50 stories in this Mail Order bride collection.
This potential bride raised in Tennessee (reminded me a bit of a Calamity Jane) and currently living in Boston is off to marry a man she's never met in Connecticut. In an era of railroad, horse and carriage and remote places where men outnumber women, is a time in history that may sound romantic but was hard work.
I loved the connection between the characters, the reluctance from the man who had previously been hurt both physically then emotionally. They overcame obstacles thrown in their way (no spoilers you can read it yourself to find out what) The story was seamless, I felt part of the story, almost smelled the surroundings and cheered them on for their HEA.
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review 2015-06-27 01:42
Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery - K.B. Owen
I am required to say: This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com. So I’m really, really happy to be able to also say that the narration was far and away the best part of this book. The plot and story had a fair number of issues fighting with nice characterization and fun dialogue (and a setting of Hartford, Connecticut – my backyard), but the reading – by Becket Royce (and now I want to be named Rebecca so I can go by Becket) – was one of the best I’ve listened to in a while. Character accents were present without being overwhelming; humor was nicely accentuated; best of all were moments such as when the text mentions someone giving an unladylike snort… and Becket Royce complies. I have a new go-to narrator.
 
So, now, the book itself. I should be slamming it with three or even two stars. I saw just about everything coming light years away – what was wrong with Mary, and which of the two men courting our heroine Concordia Wells was a bad’un, and the secret behind the enameled dagger. This is not because I was being clever – I’m never clever at guessing who dunnit and whatnot – but because all of this was telegraphed with great clarity.
 
The plot also relied heavily on clichés. If you haven’t ever read a book or watched a television show before, this might be a spoiler: when someone told Concordia that there was something very important they had to tell her – but they didn’t want to tell her now, they would meet her tomorrow … well, really, how many books or tv shows have there ever been where that setup actually resulted in the person showing up at said meeting and imparting the very important message? (I should start a list.) (I’m very surprised not to be able to find this on tvtropes.com; it’s almost “Lost In Transmission”, but not quite...)
 
Something that was odd about that situation was: “The doctor was of the opinion that [Sophia] had not been outside [in the rain] for long.” But … she was an hour late for her meeting with Concordia, which is why the latter went looking for her (in the rain). If she wasn’t attacked on her way to meet C, then when? Was she dragged outside after being conked?
(spoiler show)
 
The writing - in terms of well-chosen words strung together to form pleasing sentences free of grammatical errors - wasn't perfect. There was at least one example of “lay” for “lie”. And the scary, scary note left pinned with a dagger - “Beware – next time a real stabbing could happen!” – really isn’t very scary. But aside from these quibbles and the larger problems mentioned above, I was happy listening to Dangerous and Unseemly – which is a great title, by the way. As mentioned, the dialogue was very nice in places, lively and life-like, and particularly fun to listen to. Blessings on author and reader for the fact that it was “mischievous”, not “mischievious”!
 
I can forgive a lot for that. I enjoy a good historical mystery. (Does this class as a cozy? I guess this is a cozy.) I enjoy books set in boarding schools and colleges – such enclosed, self-contained environments. And I enjoy books set around theatre productions, particularly Shakespeare of course, and D&U features a student production of Macbeth. (I know someone who would be quite irked at the pronunciation “McBeth”; I forgave it.) (One line regarding that play started a little plot bunny for me: “Lady Macbeth still had a tendency to giggle during her sleepwalking scene…” That could totally be worked in.) I can’t really say this was a great mystery - the disparate parts of the plot (what happened to Concordia's sister, the death(s) at the college) didn't necessarily play well together.
 
I couldn’t help wondering if the author is a fan of L.M. Montgomery. Our heroine Concordia is a ginger, and puts up the familiar lament that a red-haired lady can NOT wear pink. And at one point she admires dresses with “gigantic puffed sleeves” and elbow cuffs.

 

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