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Descripción del producto
Tender... evocative... an occasion to celebrate. "People"
Readers may find so much enjoyment in "Winter Solstice" that they'll want to revisit some of Pilcher's other books, such as "The Shell Seekers" and "Coming Home." "USA Today"
Charming... like Pilcher's other books, this one is as comfortable as a favorite tweed jacket. "Cincinnati Enquirer"
A leisurely, satisfying tale. "Orlando Sentinel"
A charming and thoughtful book rich in engaging characters that makes the ordinary seem extraordinary... warms the heart like a good cup of tea. "Booklist"
[An] evocative sense of place and watercolorist's eye for muted detail... the enduringly popular Pilcher holds fast to a theme that has all but disappeared from American fiction: the healing comforts of domesticity and companionship. "Kirkus"
Believable, multifaceted characters with rich inner lives... highly recommended. "Library Journal"
Heatwarming. "Publishers Weekly"" --Este texto se refiere a una edición agotada o no disponible de este título.
Biografía del autor
Rosamunde Pilcher is the author of such worldwide bestsellers as "The Shell Seekers, September" and "Coming Home." She lives with her husband Graham and their dog Daisy in Perthshire, Scotland. --Este texto se refiere a una edición agotada o no disponible de este título.
Detalles del producto
- ASIN : B003LPUXGW
- Editorial : Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edición (11 diciembre 2008)
- Idioma: : Inglés
- Tamaño del archivo : 661 KB
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- Longitud de impresión : 513 páginas
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº16,696 en Tienda Kindle (Ver el Top 100 en Tienda Kindle)
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Overall, I enjoyed reading the book, but ultimately I was not impressed by the storyline. The author resorts to handwaving important details of the plot that are unrealistic, or frankly wrong.
How many times in the book did really complicated things get sorted by 'a phone call?' I mean, even legal details like next-of-kin (the guy isn't even related!) get arranged via a phone call. Easy-peasy. Ditto the details of a will (as yet unoffically 'read') get divulged to the beneficiary via a phone call to a lawyer? I don't think so. An antiques assessor is conveniently 'found' living not far away from the characters in a supposedly remote northern Scottish location? And etc. Everything is so convenient. There is an architect around the corner, just when one is needed. And etc.
In English law, one spouse can not completely disinherit another via a will. A spouse is legally entitled to a third of their deceased spouse's estate, no matter what the 'will' of the deceased person says. So getting that basic premise which sets most events in the story in motion is actually wrong, which is annoying. Oscar could not simply be cut completely out of his wife's will and thrown out of the house with nothing. So that's actually wrong. I suspected as much when I read it, and later, after I finished the book, I looked it up. That was major handwaving.
I won't go into the attitudes of the characters or their flaws—or their author's flaws—regarding snobbery (the cleaning lady?) or the quick recovery from grief experienced by Oscar, or incomers regarding Scotland as a playground and a nice place to retire. What really hurts the story is the way all of the characters' problems get conveniently solved. Even simple ones like 'oh, I have no furniture,' or 'I need a complete wardrobe' or 'I need fancy foodstuffs' or 'whatever trinkets I need are easily available in a small, remote village or nearby in a larger village.' 'I don't even need to go to Inverness. Everything is right here. How convenient.'
Handwaving reality and/or solving story problems too easily DOES hurt a story. (In a single bound, Jack was FREE!) And while it's fine to start a story or plot arc with coincidence, it's a very bad idea to solve a story's problems with it.
That being said, I did enjoy the slow pace of the story, and the details were evocative. She did capture the atmosphere of cold, damp winter weather in that part of the country. And I was interested enough in the characters to stick it out to the end.
Of course I did expect a 'happy ending,' but not one that was achieved so easily. She did leave a few things dangling, which is good. The implication that there will still be problems ahead for the characters to solve is realistic. But I wish there had been more emphasis placed on the characters themselves actually solving their problems, rather than just waiting for a fortuitious coincidence to rescue them from difficulty.
I will now buy The Shell Seekers. I'm willing to give Pilcher another chance, as the story was absorbing to read. I'm hoping that the flaws I discovered in Winter Solstice are merely the products of a talented author who was winding down her career, and just wanted to write a pleasantly escapist Christmas story. If this story is read at that level—while understanding that it represents a very twee point of view and has little to do with Scotland other than the scenery—this book is fine.
I would also agree that it seemed too convenient that the older male protagonist would overcome the death of his family in a few weeks and be ready to get married again by the end of the book.
There are some very detailed descriptions of the locations, which showed the writer had a vivid picture in their mind of the places. This combined with some excess mundane scenes made for a book that was probably at least 300-400 pages too long.
I wouldn't go as far as some reviewers who said that the characters were unlikeable, but because there were so many of them it was sometimes difficult to distinguish between them. Sometimes I would be reading a conversation and realise that I had miss understood who was meant to be speaking.
There was a problem with my kindle version where there did not appear to be any paragraph breaks, just a long paragraph for each chapter. This lead to a confusing scene where one character was supposed to be still asleep and the next minute they were speaking and another character had disappeared.
Overall the first 2/3 of the book were very dull and a bit of a slog, although it got better once the characters got together in the last third. It is not a book I would want to read twice.
As usual, Rosamunde Pilcher has created a lovely setting and a whole host of sympathetic characters for her story which is set mostly in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, an area the author knew well. It may be true that some of the protagonists are rather stereotypical and also true the story relies on too many coincidences in order for it to work; however, that said, I enjoy the way Ms Pilcher uses the English language and her descriptions of all the little domestic details of her characters’ lives and of the importance of being able to derive enjoyment from the simple pleasures of life: family, a decent roof over one’s head, good food, good wine, good health and good friends, make this a very cosy and satisfying read. There's also some brief, but interesting, information about the Scottish tweed industry and some very enjoyable scenes where the author describes her characters shopping for gifts of cashmere, wine, flowers and other lovely things. So, maybe not one for you if you prefer to read the latest in literature with modern characters and language, or if you like a pacy, plot-driven story, but for an easy, undemanding and comforting downtime read, this works rather well. I bought a whole stack of Rosamunde Pilcher novels for my mother who is in her seventies and has been shielding since the first lockdown and is rather worried about the present situation; she says these books are helping to take her mind off all that is going on at the moment and take her back to a happier time - and that’s more than good enough for me.