Item description for Gramercy Park by Paula Cohen...
Pocos hechos pueden conmover tanto a una comunidad como sucede cuando muere uno de sus personajes ms selectos. Y si a este acontecimiento se le aade una herencia de miles de dlares, el asunto difcilmente deja a nadie indiferente. Por ello, result inevitable que la muerte de Henry Ogden Slade se convirtiera en la comidilla de la flor y nata neoyorquina. Un verdadero corrillo de murmuraciones que ya vena persiguiendo al viejo multimillonario, especialmente, durante sus ltimos aos de vida.
El motivo era simple. Tan slo cuatro aos antes de fallecer, Slade haba decidido acoger, recluir y educar como a una hija, en su fastuosa mansin de Gramercy Park, a Clara Adler: una joven chica juda, cuya presencia dentro de la alta sociedad de Manhattan jams haba terminado de ser comprendida. Y menos ahora, cuando el testamento de su tutor la ha dejado en la ms absoluta miseria.
Condenada al olvido, la desafortunada Clara habra desaparecido de las conversaciones en tan slo un par de meses, de no ser por la aparicin de Mario Alfieri... el tenor ms famoso de Italia y de todo el planeta.
En busca de un retiro y de una casa lujosa donde poder descansar, el gran artista europeo llega hasta Gramercy Park con la esperanza de encontrar su refugio. Pero, en cambio, su destino le descubre a una frgil muchacha, duea de los ojos ms tristes de la tierra. Tras ellos yace el secreto de una manipulacin srdida, cruel y mezquina. Y de un ser despiadado que no est dispuesto a que nadie se cruce en su camino.
Outline Opera enthusiast and self-described worshipper of all things Victorian, first-time novelist Paula Cohen merges her two obsessions in Gramercy Park, a ripping good yarn set in Manhattan in 1894 that contains as many corsets as it does arias. When an elderly businessman and philanthropist dies, he leaves behind a Gramercy Park mansion and a beautiful but sickly ward named Clara. Enter the swarthy Italian tenor Mario Alfieri, who has recently arrived for his debut on the American opera scene, and whose velvet voice belies his womanizing swagger. Mario falls in love with Clara, whom he marries hastily as protection against Thaddeus Chadwick, the nefarious lawyer who covets his dead client's millions and his appealing ward--but not necessarily in that order. With plenty of standing ovations and fainting spells, vengeful threats and sexual deviancies, this is the sort of fiction that weaves a passionate tapestry of a tale and, in doing so, a reverent approximation of an era. Cohen concocts the repressed and proper past with plenty of titillation for a modern audience. In doing so, it's hard for the reader to decide which time period the book really belongs to, only you have to keep reading to see if the tenor sings a final, happy song. --Emily Russin
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2002
Publisher Ediciones Urano
ISBN 8495618370 ISBN13 9788495618375
Availability 0 units.
More About Paula Cohen
Paula Cohen is a native New Yorker with an addiction to the opera and all things Victorian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband. G"ramercy Park" is her first novel.
Paula Cohen currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York. Paula Cohen was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about Gramercy Park?
I could not put it down Jul 29, 2008
This book is probably the best historical fiction I have ever read. I usually stick to nonfiction, but there was something intriguing about Gramercy Park so I bought it and was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea where the author was going and that is what made it so perfectly suspenseful. Cohen kept adding new twists so that every time I thought I had figured out the plot I realized I was mistaken. A wonderful summer beach book or afternoon read.
Incredibly readable-- believably historic and romantic Apr 12, 2008
A real page-turner-- believable history and romance, April 11, 2008 By Lili :] "Lili !" (D.C.) - See all my reviews
I just finished this book and it was the best book that I have read in a very long time. Much of the subject matter (such as the quick, passionate love and the happy coincidences) would seem trite and unbelievable if they were written in any other way. Paula Cohen has created a cery realistic and beautifully sketched setting that really brings the characters to life. I was constantly either smiling or reading with eager fright, completely feeling for the characters. The emoton was palpable and the personalities intricate. I loved this book and very highly recommend it.
Romance or Tragedy? Jun 25, 2007
I kept fearing that this book would suddenly morph from a dark sort of romance into a tragedy of Othello-ic proportions. It very easily could have, all the archetypes are there, even down to a vengeful Iago lurking in the background, waiting to set events in motion. The author does an excellent job of building suspense. But, thank goodness, the book didn't turn into a tragedy at all! Instead, this page turner becomes more a story of a woman struggling to overcome her past and less a tale of revenge.
A deeply satisfying read for New Yorkers-at-heart who revel in a smart Victorian twist May 11, 2007
Paula Cohen's first novel is fluid and luxurious. I recommend you pair it with an equally good wine or brandy of similar character, and settle-in for a wholly pleasurable evening!
This is a thinking person's Victorian romance, with well-crafted reference to the predominant themes of the day: Astor wealth, the attraction to all things European and Argentine, the passion for collecting bric-a-brac and society gossip, and an elegant touch of Gothic gore draped along side for good measure.
Lovingly-detailed descriptions of New York in a bygone era - a dirty, entangled, and consummately beautiful city at the birth a new century - parallel the near trampling and eventual flourish of Cohen's heroine. Wagner, Puccini and Strauss play in the background as befits all the brimming ecstasy and suspense.
I most appreciate that Paula's literary voice mimics (with incredible artistry) what I imagine to be the unique conventions and conversational rhythms of the period. I look forward, with great anticipation, to hearing that lovely voice again in her forthcoming second book, and with another good bottle of wine in reserve!
Fun, but no Woman in White Mar 10, 2007
Gramercy Park is a successful, but neither outstanding nor original, execution of a nearly 150 year-old genre that started with The Woman in White. Readers fond of that genre (as I am) will enjoy it.
Like the Woman in White, there is a beautiful but fragile pontential heiress, who is vulnerable to two different scheming villians whose machinations are intricate and gradually revealed. Like the Woman in White, she is protected by a "Dudley Doright" artist-hero who has a pure love for her angelic perfection. Unfortunately, this story has no Marion Halcomb, and no Villian with the depth and complexity of Count Fosco.
The characters are well-enough drawn and the plot spun out with sufficient adroitness to keep you rooting and turning the pages, but shallow and formulaic enough that it will not stay with you. In short, a pleasant snack. If you are choosing between this book and the Thirteenth Tale, choose the latter.
While readers of Victorian romance will be satisfied, those whose primary interest is historical fiction may not be. Details of 1890's New York are conjured adequately, but with an anachronistic feeling. There are references to carriages, to Washington Square being "uptown" and to New York Society of the day, but one is viewing these things as curiosities through museum glass from the 21st century. It lacks the immersion, you-are-there historical detail of such books as Time and Again or The Alienest.