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Ecstasy [Paperback]

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A young and beautiful widow falls in love with a notorious womaniser. The tranquil setting in turn-of-the-century Holland belies the degree of suffering and pain that Cecile, the young widow, has to endure in the midst of polite society. Ecstasy is the moving story of thwarted and unspoken passion as Cecile abandons herself to love.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.86" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1998
Publisher   Pushkin Press
ISBN  1901285022  
ISBN13  9781901285024  

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More About Louis Couperus

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Couperus was born in the Hague. He was taken by his family to the Dutch East Indies where he remained until his father's death. He settled in Italy after his marriage in 1891. He was a prolific novelist who work has been compared with thomas Hardy because of their mutual interest in the themes of fate and the relentless force of inherited tragedy. He died of blood poisoning.

Louis Couperus was born in 1863 and died in 1923.

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Very well-done love story  Sep 10, 2000
I love discovering little-known books like this. "Ecstasy" is a nicely wrought mood piece from Dutch author Louis Couperus (1863-1923), who at present could hardly be more obscure among English-speaking audiences. A delicate and enigmatic tale of a young widow and her relationship with a restless, cosmopolitan fellow, this novel makes no innovations in the art of fiction, but it is notable for its psychological acuteness; the author is very good at describing his characters' internal conflicts. Some readers will have trouble putting up with the baroque flourishes (this is one of those 19th Century novels where the characters rarely talk like human beings), but I quite enjoyed it.

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