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Charlie is posted to the British embassy in Washington One night at a cocktail party Mary On Green eBook #196 meets Frank Renzo a reporter who has covered stories from the fall of Dienbienphu to the Emmett Till murder trial in Mississippi Slowly reluctantly they fall in love Their ensuing affair in all its d. Set in 1959 USA during the Kennedy Nixon campaign Mary is the wife of Charlie Van der Linden an emissary in the British Embassy in Washington whose life is one long round of parties and lunch meetings and general socialising You d think she d have a great life but Charlie is slowly disappearing into the bottle 3 dry martinis before lunch and she has attracted the attentions of one of the many American journalists who attend the parties at the Van der lindens home When Mary and Charlie ship their children off to boarding school in the UK Mary is somewhat at a loose end and that is when the trouble really startsSebastian Faulks takes us on journey of discovery of self assessment of challenge to the established order of things in 1959 A slow and thorough exposition for 95% of the book written in the imaginative elegant and appropriate prose that makes Faulkes stories such a joy to read The introduction of Mary s mothers terminal cancer and the pain and anguish of dealing with the death of her parent from the other side of the Atlantic transatlantic flights in 1959 were very different from those in 2009 make Mary s deliberations even difficult In the aftermath of the presidential elections that put Kennedy into office Charlie is sent back to Moscow which causes a cataclysmic crash of emotions and desires for Mary and the crisis that Charlie walks into there threatens to pull Mary into complete chaosThe last 5% of the book is written with an urgency and passion so different from the rest of the book Faulks manages to pull the stress strain and confusion within the characters into words that make you feel you are living every second of the last 24 hours with the people in the story Or is it that you have to have been pushed and pulled from country to country yourself to appreciate the pain and torment Mary is put through

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Esperate elation plays out against a backdrop that ranges from the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village to the smoke filled rooms of the Kennedy campaign A romance in the grand tradition that is also a neon lit portrait of America at its apogee On Green Dolphin Street is Sebastian Faulks at the peak of his powers.. A beautiful book that was a very thoughtful gift There is so much to recommend this book that I do not have the words to describe so my review is simply that this will go into my top 20 books ever

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The bestselling author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray delivers an enthralling vibrantly evocative novel set in America in when the country stood poised between the paranoia of the Cold War and the ebullience of the New FrontierFaulks' heroine is Mary Van der Linden a pretty reserved Englishwoman whose husband. One of the most heartbreaking novels I have read and I mean that in a good way His character development was masterful and I was drawn totally into their separate lives To call this a romance or a love story is almost an insult to the deeper themes of the novel familial unity the role that morality integrity and responsibility plays in our lives the occurrences in our lives that tear us apart mentally and emotionally Faulks expressed the conflicting emotions of the lovers beautifully wrenching though they were And the depiction of the death of Mary s mother and Mary s reaction to it is one of the strongest pieces of writing that I have read I cannot praise this book highly enough all I can say is that I think it should be on everyone s reading list


10 thoughts on “On Green Dolphin Street

  1. says:

    One of the most heartbreaking novels I have read and I mean that in a good way His character development was masterful and

  2. says:

    I was beginning to despair slightly of Sebastian Faulks After being bowled over by Charlotte Gray and Birdsong I was underwhelmed by E

  3. says:

    I couldn't finish this From the self centered characters to the slow paced plot I found nothing about this book enjoyable I loved Birdsong and Charlotte Grey but I really couldn't get through this

  4. says:

    This was the first Faulks book I've read although I know we have the French trilogy The writing was gorgeous which is good because it wasn't the greatest story ever It's about a British diplomat's wife who has an affair while living with her husband in Washington DC I did like the depictions of the emotions involved in infidelity She loves

  5. says:

    I am a big fan of Sebastian Faulks and I think this may be his finest effort to date Like all his novels this one is first and foremost an old fashioned love story As in Birdsong this novel seamlessly weaves the

  6. says:

    Set in 1959 USA during the Kennedy Nixon campaign Mary is the wife of Charlie Van der Linden – an emissary in the British Embassy in Washington – whose life is one long round of parties and lunch meetings and general socialising You’d think she’d have a great life but Charlie is slowly disappearing into the bottle 3 dry martinis before lunch? and she has attracted the attentions of one of the many American journalists who

  7. says:

    My first Sebastian Faulks and I'm looking forward to Another Goodreads reader described it as a complex and genuine love storylike watching real life unfold which seems pretty accurate to me I don't usually read straight romance stories and I g

  8. says:

    I loved this book; didn't want it to end I was so sucked into Mary Frank's romanceSet during the election campaign of Nixon JFK we meet Mary wife of Charlie and Frank Frank is a newspaper reporter and Mary and Charlie are part of th

  9. says:

    A beautiful book that was a very thoughtful gift There is so much to recommend this book that I do not have the words to describe so my review is simply that this will go into my top 20 books ever

  10. says:

    I full on hated this book and I will never forgive Britain's Top 100 Favourites for making me read it neverview spoilerOutline Mary is married to Charlie an English werewolf diplomatist in Washington by day alcohol

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