- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Nautical & Aviation Pub Co of Amer; 2nd Edition edition (February 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1877853585
- ISBN-13: 978-1877853586
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 234 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Celia Garth: A Story of Charleston in the Revolution Hardcover – February 1, 2000
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The main character is a young woman who is an excellent seamstress. She has lost both of her parents and is quite alone except for
a cousin who is her enemy. Celia meets a young man while she was working in a dress shop, and they become engaged. However he is killed by the Tories before they could be married. She later becomes a spy for the resistance movement, and falls in love with the leader of the group. She is also employed by Luke's mother as a personal dressmaker, and lives at her plantation part of the time.
The book is really involved with the War efforts and how it affects Charleston and her citizens during this time. I enjoyed this story very much . Gwen Bristow is always a winner!!!
One thing that really struck me about this book was how thoroughly un-modern the heroine was. She had her place as a woman within Colonial society, she knew what that place was and she made no attempt to deviate from her prescribed role, even when she was spying.
The very end struck me as well. I thought that her realizations about the men she had loved was wise and very self aware.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
I especially enjoyed the depiction of the clothes making and the dress shop.
I recommend this tale only for the reader who can start and finish the book pretty much non- stop. I couldn't put it down and stayed up late to finish it. I can't say that about very many books. In terms of my lack of productivity while I read, that's probably a good thing!! Thanks. Sally
Everything about Celie Garth the book, and the character, is good, so things are great. The history in the book is wonderful, the "live" parts, those which Celia lives through like the siege on Charleston are not only informative, but also intersting. Those which happen off page but are relaid to her are also informative, but for their second hand account not as interesting, mainly because characters find out the result of then get the whole story, also these descriptions go on for a few pages and since they already happened it just kind of takes you out of the ongoing story a little bit. Still the fact that the environment of hte story was so active, made the plots that happened all the more interesting, nothing felt manufactured or forced, and at the end I felt the story had taken me somewhere and that I'd learned something.
The characters were something great about hte story. Celia is a wonderful heroine. She's real, not perfect and oh so sweet, that everyone automaticly falls in love because she;s so great, she's a strong independent person, who is willing to work for what she gets and help those she loves. It is clear why the people in her life that love her do, and as for the people that don't fawn all over her, they also don't treat her like some abused gothic heroine, they either ignor her because they see themselves above her, or in the case of her cousin who is a loylist, they put up with her. The men in the story are also great, there are two love interests in the story and they are both very differnt, one is kind of a rock, a strong steady man who can be relied on, who remains good throughout and who never treats Celia badly. The other is an adventurer who carries around and quotes the bible, he's charming and strong but also honorable. In other words the author doesnt make it easy for us to decide which we like more by making one a vilian, both are worthy of Celia. The rest of the characters are great and multi demensional too. Vivian starts of as an imposing figure you assume the worst of but ultimately reveals herself as one of those steel spined southern ladys. Other people you meet also break out of their archtype casting to become fully fleshed.
I think this a great book for teen girls because Celia is such a strong person. She is often faced with pressure to conform to what her relations think she should be, but that would mean giving up her indepenedence and forced to relay on their charity. She wants to make her own way, she wants to be responsible for her own success and failure because Celia knows that only when you are responsible for that can you control your life. It is a great message to girls about being the person you want to be, it is also a great message about America. Through out hte book Celia and her cousin Sophie are shown as foils of each other, Celia as a strong independent person who has ups and downs, but is never beaten because she is in charge of her life. Sophie meanwhile is completly dependent on her husband, and her friends for everything.