Item description for The Green Ray by Karen Loukes Jules Verne...
Overview Jules Verne is the author of many classic, world-famous novels such as 'Around the World in 80 Days' and 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.
Publishers Description When a newspaper article tells Helena Campbell, whose impending arranged marriage is less than a love match, that seeing the green ray is an indication of true love, she refuses to marry anyone until she has seen it. Her quest to view the green ray takes her on an island-hopping tour of the Hebrides that nearly costs her her life, and Helena must ask herself - is seeing the green ray worth it? With which of her suitors will Helena see the ray? Or will she never see it at all?
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Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Luath Press Limited
ISBN 1905222122 ISBN13 9781905222124
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Difficult Heroines Soak Summer's Last Rays . . . Dec 24, 2003
Verne's Helena hears of the Green Ray from a newspaper article. Delphine of French director Eric Rohmer's "Summer" hears friends discussing Verne's book. And so the book cannot help but be of interest to fans of Rohmer's eccenetric talkies. It is worth the read, but a few warnings might be in order.
Rohmer writes and directs in a post feminist age in which love is universally viewed as the perogative of the lovers, but in which its expression is so free and expected that nothing is clear to the lovers.
Verne writes to a rationalist age in which the attitudes of science and business are ascendant, romance is presumed to follow suit, and so love is not clear to anyone except the lovers.
Those expecting Verne to be writing about the lovers will be disappointed. Rohmer writes about lovers, and in retrospect it is easy to see how Rohmer got his idea from Verne. But Verne writes about social expectations and matchmaking. The irony is all the higher in realizing that Rohmer dwelt on the insights of the matchmakers in other movies, notably Autumn's Tale, but not in Summer.
Both heroines are annoying. Verne's is psychotically so. When compared with, say, a Jane Austen heroine, she is impulsive and one dimensional. But perhaps she is all that is required in a short moral tale. Because I expected more, and because the book is so dated in its context and references, I gave it only three stars, but fans of Rohmer's movie should add back one star. And students of romantic history, because of a rare reference to an old Gaelic tradition, St. Olla's Fair, apparently resembling the Roman festival of Lupercalia (pre-Valentine's), should add back another star.