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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.86" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1998
Publisher Pushkin Press
ISBN 1901285022 ISBN13 9781901285024
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More About Louis Couperus
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.
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.