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A Great and Terrible Beauty af Libba Bray
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A Great and Terrible Beauty (udgave 2005)

af Libba Bray (Forfatter)

Serier: Gemma Doyle (1)

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I Indien i 1895 oplever 16-årige Gemma sin mors selvmord under mystiske omstændigheder. Tilbage i England opdager hun, at hemmelige kræfter trækker i hende, og hun giver efter.
Medlem:klivin
Titel:A Great and Terrible Beauty
Forfattere:Libba Bray (Forfatter)
Info:Ember (2005), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Ingen

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Shall I tell you a story? A new and terrible one? A ghost story? Are you ready? Shall I begin? Once upon a time there were four girls. One was pretty. One was clever. One charming, and one...one was mysterious. But they were all damaged, you see. Something not right about the lot of them.

That was not at all what I expected. Granted, I didn't expect much. I've had this book on my to read list for years and decided to finally try it without looking at anything but the cover. Instead, we got a slow building paranormal boarding school / historic urban fantasy set in around the turn of the 20th century with a portal fantasy turned surprisingly dark.

I really did enjoy the boarding school theme to the story. It's a way to actually have young adult characters without having to deal all the times with with parents and, for better or for worse, has a very 'British' vibe to me. The magical realms that eventually show up really do feel truly magical and fantastic. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of science or well defined rules to this magic, but sometimes that's okay.

On the other hand, it's got a whole heap of questionable parts, with how it treats Indian and Romani culture, hints at sexual awakening I've gotten entirely too old to approve of, and the main characters are... teenage girls really. They're okay, but I don't know how they manage to interact with one another for more than a few minutes. It feels like an odd combination of dated and modern, without the justifications of either.

Unfortunately, the main plot doesn't seem to move along. It's the first of a trilogy and it shows. In the end, I enjoyed the book more than I expected to and I'll give the sequels a chance. We'll see how it goes from here.

In every end, there is also a beginning.
( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
My first pick for 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt#5: A dark academia book.
I remember I first read it in the summer of 2015, but I got distracted and read Game of Thrones instead (also unfinished..oops!).

First part was full of mystery it made me want to know more about her history. Well, I didn't expect the life in a boarding school is the same for almost every book I read. (Why are people fond of accusing others of theft just because the latter belong to the lower, uh, class?)
Ok, moving on to.....the romance, ugh..I'm not a sucker for romance and I don't know if they're *"kilig" or not.
Hey, why do they have to be naked somewhere outside? It's 1800 or 1900; it's probably cold outside. And don't forget how very conservative most people were.
They annoying part is when they get drunk and lose themselves, giggling.
Maybe I have to read it again? Nope. I'll move on to other books. I have thousands of unread ones. Reading book one of Gemma Doyle series is enoough.

*kilig=romantic thrill. There's no English equivalent. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book and was torn whether to give it 4 or 5 stars. I was kept awake much longer than expected some night because I felt the need to continue reading on.

Gemma was a very dynamic character who was also very easy to relate to. I was taken back into my high school years when reading the book and reading about the relationships between all of the girls (haha, it made me glad I wasn't in high school anymore).

At times it almost seemed like the writing wasn't true to the decade it was supposed to be centered it. At times it felt more related to this century (but that might have been the idea of Modernism starting to take place and the idea of how much power women should have). ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Welcome to Spence Academy, where young ladies get refined and shit...among other things. "Other things" being "opening portals to magical worlds" and "fighting evil sorceresses". ( )
  Menshevixen | Oct 13, 2020 |
Compelling first entry in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. Gemma is sassy and sarcastic. The ending wraps up nicely while still leaving room to wonder what will happen next. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
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There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.

And moving through a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
Winding down to Camelot...

...

But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights,
For often through the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, went to Camelot;
Or when the Moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed.
"I am half sick of shadows," said
The Lady of Shalott.

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And down the river's dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance--
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.

--from "The Lady of Shalott" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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June 21, 1895
Bombay, India

"Please tell me that's not going to be part of my birthday dinner this evening."
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But forgiveness... I'll hold on to that fragile slice of hope and keep it close, remembering that in each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice.
I'm sorry, Gemma. But we can't live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you.
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