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Book Title: O Dia da Tormenta|
The author of the book: Rosamunde Pilcher
Date of issue: January 2005
ISBN 13: 9789722907255
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I came to this book and author more or less by accident through the “challenge of horror” in which two of my Goodreads friends and I participated. Ultimately, it was about reading a book that, in all likelihood, will not please. For me, the name Rosamunde Pilcher has always been synonymous with hyper sentimental stories and a happily-ever-after ending — a genre where I see myself far beyond the target audience. So it was really a sacrifice on my part to dedicate my precious reading time to such a novel. Since I was free to choose the book, I picked this one, simply because it is short.
It turns out the story was not as bad as I initially feared. One can read the book without curling one’s toenails all the time, the factor “Fremdschämen” has its limits, schmaltz and kitsch are kept down to a bearable level. Of course the whole plot is predictable (with one exception), the characters are rather flat, and the prose isn’t very sophisticated. Nonetheless I think it would be quite possible to turn this into a nice little novella after the image of women is revised, the scenes are stripped down, repetitions erased, and perhaps two or three characters eliminated. The book didn’t convince me, but it didn’t repell me either. I think I’ll remember it for at least another hour or so.
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Read information about the authorRosamunde Scott was born on 22 September 1924 in Lelant, Cornwall, England, UK, daughter of Helen and Charles Scott, a British commander. Just before her birth her father was posted in Burma, her mother remained in England. She attended St. Clare's Polwithen and Howell's School Llandaff before going on to Miss Kerr-Sanders' Secretarial College. She began writing when she was seven, and published her first short story when she was 18. From 1943 through 1946, Pilcher served with the Women's Naval Service. On 7 December 1946, she married Graham Hope Pilcher, a war hero and jute industry executive who died in March 2009. They moved to Dundee, Scotland, where she still lives today with a dog in Perthshire. They had two daughters and two sons, and fourteen grandchildren. Her son, Robin Pilcher, is also a novelist.
In 1949, her first book, a romance novel, was published by Mills & Boon, under the pseudonym Jane Fraser. She published a further ten novels under that name. In 1955, she also began writing under her married name Rosamunde Pilcher, by 1965 she her own name to all of her novels. In 1996, her novel Coming Home won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by Romantic Novelists' Association. She retired from writing in 2000. Two years later, she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
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