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Dragonwyck Paperback – October 1, 2013
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In the spring of 1844 the Wells family receives a letter from a distant relative, the wealthy landowner Nicholas Van Ryn. He invites one of their daughters for an extended visit to his Hudson Valley estate, Dragonwyck. Eighteen-year-old Miranda, bored with the local suitors and her commonplace life on the farm, leaps at the chance for escape. She immediately falls under the spell of Nicholas and his mansion, mesmerized by its Gothic towers, flowering gardens, and luxurious lifestyle—unaware of the dark, terrible secrets that await.
Anya Seton masterfully tells the heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her extraordinary passions, and the mystery that resides in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck.
Anya Seton (1904–1990) was the author of many best-selling historical romances, including Katherine, The Winthrop Woman, Avalon, Green Darkness, Devil Water, and Foxfire. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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Admittedly, I am a fan of well-written Gothics; Jane Eyre and Rebecca are two of my all-time favorites. And after reading Dragonwyck I consider it of almost that same caliber. It was only Seton's second published work and, like her other earlier books, it shows a subtlety and constraint that, I think, make it a finer work than if Seton had spelled out every detail. In this, too, it compares to Jane Eyre and Rebecca. For instance, the violence which led to the haunting of the Red Room at Dragonwyck, the evil in the Van Ryn men which has been passed down to Nicholas, and the psychological damage to Nicholas somehow connected to the loss of his mother, are all only vaguely described by Seton. Although she could have explained them in detail she instead leaves it for the reader to fill in the gaps of the past history themselves. And of course, the sexual relations between Miranda and Nicholas are only vaguely referred to. This is due more to the cultural constraints of the times during which Seton wrote than to a particular choice of style, as evidenced by her later works written when such constraints had become much more relaxed. Green Darkness in particular, and to a lesser degree Avalon, are much coarser in their treatment of sex. This is why I prefer Seton's earlier works, and older books in general. I do not need a writer to spell it out in graphic detail for me to understand what goes on behind the closed doors. And in fact, I find such graphic sex a poor substitute for the truly fine writing of earlier authors who knew how to tell a good story without titillating their readers.
Ok, enough of that.....
What makes Dragonwyck particularly engaging is the setting. Perhaps it's just the romantic or Gothic-lover in me, but I found the setting of 19th century New York along the Hudson river something that I wanted to return to; a perfect escape from the 21st century! Although Seton's works are typically considered "historicals", the historical element of Dragonwyck is secondary; it is first and foremost a romance. Although Seton does weave in some actual historical events that took place during the time of the story, the history doesn't really impact Miranda's and Nicholas' story all that much. The true driving force was Nicholas, and what happened to him, and to Miranda because of him, was inevitable regardless of what took place in the world around them.
There are a couple of little teasing tidbits that I wish Seton had followed up on. The first is in her Author's Note, where says that the idea for this story came from a news item she read in a New York newspaper from 1849. I do wish she had related just what was in that article ....... The second is in the early part of the book, when Nicholas orders a whole new wardrobe for Miranda shortly after her arrival at Dragonwyck. The modiste hired to make the clothes is not surprised, because Nicholas had done the same thing for "an orphan from New Orleans" not long before. Nicholas, being the misanthropist that he was, would not have taken in an orphan and ordered her a new, expensive wardrobe just to be generous. Just who was this orphan? I really thought this was going to be a significant point later in the book, but unfortunately it was never mentioned again......
So if you're looking for an enjoyable book to escape into for a time, this is it. Enjoy!
Dragonwyck is a Cinderella story with a dark background and gothic touch. Our beautiful Miranda arrives at Dragonwyck with storybook dreams, but finds in her hero a sinster mystery that only she can solve.
I am completely new to the writings of Anya Seton (where have I been?) and so taken with her that I have now ordered all of her works. I love a good gothic tale complete with the dark old homes and beautiful manners of the past; Dragonwyck completely mesmerized me and held my attention from the beginning. It is fast-paced, heart-stopping, and beautifully written. If you like entering a Cinderella world, you will love this book. 5+ stars*****