[ Prime ] Green Dolphin StreetAuthor Elizabeth Goudge – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

A haunting love story set in the Channel Islands and New Zealand in the th centuryWilliam Ozanne, whose hypnotic, masculine presence made two sisters adore him with all their heart The two beautiful daughters of a wealthy merchant of the Channel Islands fall in love with the same man, are very diferent Marianne, the eldest sister is brilliant, passionate, and moody, by whom William was both fascinated and repelled And Marguerite, the younger sister is pretty, dreamy and quietly, whom William adoredThe sisters had both loved him for years He has gone abroad to seek his fortune to New Zealand Now they were waiting for him to return from his journeys and claim his bride But drunkenly he addresses his proposal to the wrong sisterThough the book is fiction, and the characters not portraits, it is based on fact A stunning tale of loss and self sacrifice, it is truly one of the most memorable love stories of the last century


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  1. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    4.5 While there is a lot wrong with this book, there is so much that is right The Le Pastourel sisters, growing up in the picturesque town of St Pierre in Guernsey, are separated bythan the five year age gap Marguerite is sweet, sunny good natured, Marianne is highly intelligent, passionate and strong willed Both become infatuated with newcomer,William Does a handsome face and boundless good nature make him a worthy choice for either sister view spoiler You really will 4.5 While there is a lot wrong with this book, there is so much that is right The Le Pastourel sisters, growing up in the picturesque town of St Pierre in Guernsey, are separated bythan the five year age gap Marguerite is sweet, sunny good natured, Marianne is highly intelligent, passionate and strong willed Both become infatuated with newcomer,William Does a handsome face and boundless good nature make him a worthy choice for either sister view spoiler You really will wonder about this hide spoiler What follows are events that are just crazy and far fetched but Miss Goudge says this novel is based on a true story So the fantastic can happen.I think Marianne is one of the best fictional female characters ever She is ahead of her time without looking like Miss Goudge wrote a twentieth century woman and dropped her in the nineteenth century She is deeply flawed and totally believable William eventually grows into view spoiler a man worthy of the sisters love hide spoiler The racist terms which I don t remember from previous reads when I was young, but they would have been in my parents old copy I don t enjoy but accept them as a product of the time.Which shows I am a big, fat hypocrite because I found much of the New Zealand part of the story very uncomfortable reading When Goudge has view spoiler Marianne think of the Maori as children and a further passage having them as being of limited intelligence, I was really stunned and I am now curious to read Old New Zealand as reading this book is the only research Miss Goudge mentions doing I m familiar with the concept of Tapu, but have never heard of Tapu Maori will be doing some research in my local museum library next time I volunteer there Goudge is also way off on her concepts of distances and likely road conditions.It just wouldn t be possible to travel from place to place as Goudge shows it in particular in the South Island Hell, I remember car trips to Northland in the 1960s taking forever because of the bad condition of the roads I m trying to remember which of my relatives got me a naive young thing, fresh off the boat from Canada that NZ country roads had so many bends because the workers were paidif they put them in hide spoiler So yes, didn t really enjoy part three.But , in the end Miss Goudge pulls all the strands of her narrative together really well with her familiar themes of love and redemption I was moved to tears and can give this epic tale no less than 4.5 My editions original cover I know it is the same as the cover on my parents copy, because a fragment has been used as a bookmark The illustrator quite obviously has reversed the sisters characters


  2. Jane Jane says:

    A long time ago, when I made the transition from junior to senior member of the library, my mother steered me towards a number of authors whose books she loved and that she thought I might love too I read some of them then, I read some of them later, but it was years before I began to read Elizabeth Goudge, who I knew was a particular favourite.Her books didn t appeal to me at all back in the day, and when their author fell out of fashion and her books disappeared from the library shelves I for A long time ago, when I made the transition from junior to senior member of the library, my mother steered me towards a number of authors whose books she loved and that she thought I might love too I read some of them then, I read some of them later, but it was years before I began to read Elizabeth Goudge, who I knew was a particular favourite.Her books didn t appeal to me at all back in the day, and when their author fell out of fashion and her books disappeared from the library shelves I forgot all about her I can t remember how or where I found her again, but I m very pleased that I did.I m also pleased that I didn t read her all those years ago, because I think that the qualities that make her an interesting writer are better appreciated with a little age and experience, with an awareness that life is short and may take unexpected and difficult turns.I always liked the look of Green Dolphin Country , but because it was such a very big book I picked up others first This year though, when I was looking for a book to read on Elizabeth Gouge s birthday, I decided that its time had come and I had a lovely few days caught up with the story, the characters, the world, through nearly half a century.The story opens on one of the Channel Islands the author has given the fictional name of St Pierre in the middle of the 19th century Two very different sisters were growing up there Marianne was sixteen, she was dark and lacking in beauty, she had a passionate temper and she was bright and curious about everything the world had to offer Too bright and too curious for the age and the place where she lived Eleven year old Marguerite was fair and pretty, she was vivacious, she loved her life, her home and her family, and she wanted nothingthan happiness for the people she loved and the world around her.The courses of both their lives begin to change when a newly widowed doctor and his thirteen year old son, William, come home to the island Marianne is quick to see something happening, to investigate and to make friends Marguerite follows a littlecautiously, and makes an equally good but quite different impression.Marianne plans to win William as her own but it is clear to everyone except her that he sees her as a friend maybe the sibling he never had and that Marguerite is the girl he loves and will always love above all others She isn t a fool by any means Knowing that she wasn t a beauty and that she couldn t match the feminine ideal of her time Marianne set about becoming the most chic, the most witty of her social circle and she succeeded she just couldn t understand that there were some things that she could never change, that never could be changed.William joined that Royal Navy, and he tried to secure his future with Marguerite before he sailed away, but circumstances and a little manipulation from Marianne resulted in him leaving before he had said many of the things he had intended to say When he was ashore in the Far East William was tricked and robbed and couldn t reach his ship before it sailed That meant that he was AWOL from the Navy, and that he would be arrested if he travelled back home He was extremely lucky to meet someone he knew, and to be offered the chance travel to a small colony in New Zealand to build a new life.Over the course of the next few years William established himself, and then he was able to write home to ask the girl he loved to sail across the world to be his bride He was tired, he had been drinking, he had a great deal to say, and somehow he wrote the name Marianne when he had written to write Marguerite.It sounds improbable, but this twist in the tale was inspired by a real life story in which exactly the same thing happened Marianne travelled to New Zealand with no idea at all that she was not expected Marguerite was left at home struggling to understand what had happened and William waited with no idea at all he had sent for the wrong girl.That is just the beginning of a wonderfully rich tale of love and adventure in times and places where the world was undergoing great change I had worried that it would be a tale of a great love lost, but of course in Elizabeth Goudge s hands it was muchthan that it was a story that illustrated that the journey to grace so often begins by accepting that we may not be able to have what we want most and by finding strength to do what we must.There are lessons about loyalty and friendship, about the depth and complexity of marriage, about the human spirit in the darkest and happiest of times, and the emotional and spiritual lives of the characters at the centre of the story were illuminated so very well.Marianne is at the centre of the story, and she a very difficult character to like Her spirit is wonderful, but she was manipulative, she could see no point of view but her own, and there were some lessons that it seemed she could never quite learn I couldn t ever say that I liked her, but I could understand who she was and why she spoke and acted as she did, and I believed in her as I did in William and Marguerite.There is a wonderful supporting cast whose stories are woven around the stories of those three, and that did much to make the world in this book live and breathe.Elizabeth Goudge wrote that she never travelled to New Zealand, and that she researched as much as she could and imagined the rest I suspect that she imagined too much, that many of the pictures she has drawn were not true to life, but for the purposes of her story I think that they work.She wrote so beautifully I loved the descriptive prose that drew me so close to her characters and allowed me to see the places they saw and the world that they lives in so very clearly It also served to control the pace, to allow time to absorb the human emotions that are the lifeblood of this book It is a big book but I find myself wising that it could have been bigger, that I could have stayed longer and seenI would have like rathertime with Marguerite, though I do understand why New Zealand was the main focus of the story.I couldn t see how there could be a right ending, but there was, and it was so utterly right emotionally and spiritually that there was a smile on my face and there were tears in my eyes


  3. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    I read Green Dolphin Street as a group read with the Retro Reads crowd I had such high hopes because I ve loved the other two historical fiction novels I read by Elizabeth Goudge, but this one landed with kind of a thud Marianne and Marguerite are two sisters, daughters of a wealthy merchant, who live on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands Marianne, who is five years older than Marguerite, is intelligent but mercurial, and not as conventionally lovely or as well behaved as her young I read Green Dolphin Street as a group read with the Retro Reads crowd I had such high hopes because I ve loved the other two historical fiction novels I read by Elizabeth Goudge, but this one landed with kind of a thud Marianne and Marguerite are two sisters, daughters of a wealthy merchant, who live on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands Marianne, who is five years older than Marguerite, is intelligent but mercurial, and not as conventionally lovely or as well behaved as her younger sister They both fall in love with William, who s not in their social class but is a compelling personality They all hang out together as they grow up but, predictably, it s Marguerite that William falls in love with William leaves Guernsey to go to New Zealand to seek his fortune, planning to bring Marguerite there once he s settled and doing well But he s drunk the night he writes the fateful proposal letter, and accidentally mixes up the sisters names and asks Marianne to come to NZ to marry him The author claimed this part was based on a factual story Marianne is elated Marguerite deeply dejected And William, when he sees which sister shows up on the boat months later, doesn t know how to undo his mistake This is back in Victorian days, when you just didn t do that kind of thing Green Dolphin Street follows their lives and adventures together There are some harrowing times with the Maori natives, and here Goudge s normally fine sensibilities let her down It s dated and, to say the least, racially insensitive This book was written in 1944, and if you can t make allowances for outdated social attitudes, you ll be offended.Between that and the Drama with a capital D between William and the sisters, view spoiler and the resulting difficulties in William s and Marianne s marriage hide spoiler , this just wasn t a book I found appealing Elizabeth Goudge was a talented author, but I d definitely recommend The Dean s Watch or The Scent of Water over this one.A soft 3 stars


  4. classic reverie classic reverie says:

    Where to start Well I suppose the first time while looking up books based on classic movies I have seen, I came across Elizabeth Goudge s Green Dolphin Street which I put on my to read list but hoping a Kindle edition would be available, alas it did and years later decide to read it now I will add in my spoiler section differences between the movie and the novel, that might ruin the story, if you decide to read this wonderful story Though the movie was based on the novel, besides the gen Where to start Well I suppose the first time while looking up books based on classic movies I have seen, I came across Elizabeth Goudge s Green Dolphin Street which I put on my to read list but hoping a Kindle edition would be available, alas it did and years later decide to read it now I will add in my spoiler section differences between the movie and the novel, that might ruin the story, if you decide to read this wonderful story Though the movie was based on the novel, besides the general premise and following the storyline throughout but in my opinion, it is like night and day If you could have continual soliloquies which would be impossible for an enjoyable movie and brought underling themes to be crystal clear, you might get closer to the pure majestic beautiful of this treasured novel As I was reading I knew it would become a favorite but at the end I knew it would go on my ultimate favorite shelf here at Goodreads.What made the movie and book so different besides what I have already stated How can Lana Turner play a Marianne Patourel, when in the book Marianne is plain In the movie you could make her thebelievable because you leave that fact out and you put an honest Donna Reed in for Marguerite Patourel This fact changes the whole story on film and the book deals with far greater issues because of that fact Then add the disparaging timeline of the movie which had the characters remain fairly young whereas in the book, 16 68 age year span brings a whole new set of complications which indeed makes this book a gem.Did I enjoy the book less since I knew the movie plot Absolutely not The two are so different in my mind that every page I turned I was either shocked or amazed.Is the movie worth seeing Yes I have seen it several times and look forward to seeing it again at some point Now onto the book, this is a work of historical fiction which I will add some quotes to explain what Elizabeth Goudge wanted her readers to know before starting her novel There also is also in the 2015 edition an editor s note warning some insensitivity that modern readers might take offense I saw this an expected continual use of words not in today s vocabulary but unfortunately said at times but I really can t remember a word so if used it was rare in this story In reference to the colonization of that time, I think Goudge did a fair job trying to bring both sides forward with regards to the story I did not highlight the warning but thought I throw it out there.About the author, ELIZABETH Goudge, born at the turn of the 20th century in England, was a gifted writer whose own life is reflected in most of the stories she wrote Her father was an Anglican rector who taught theological courses in various cathedral cities across the country, eventually accepting a Professorship of Divinity at Oxford The many moves during her growing up years provided settings and characters that she developed and described with great care and insight Elizabeth s maternal grandparents lived in the Channel Islands, and she loved her visits there Eventually several of her novels were set in that charming locale Her mother, a semi invalid for much of her life, urged Elizabeth to attend The Art College for training as a teacher, and she appreciated the various crafts she learned She said it gave her the ability to observe things in minute detail and stimulated her imagination Elizabeth s first writing attempts were three screenplays which were performed in London as a charity fund raiser She submitted them to a publisher who told her to go away and write a novel We are forever in his debt, writes one of her biographer Though this book is fiction, and the characters are not portraits, it is based on fact That a man who had emigrated to the New World should after the lapse of years write home for a bride, and then get the wrong one because he had confused her name with that of her sister, may seem to the reader highly improbable yet it happened And in real life also the man held his tongue about his mistake and made a good job of his marriage The Convent of Notre Dame du Castel has no existence in actual fact, though it is true that monks from Mont Saint Michel crossed the sea in their frail little boat and founded a hermitage on the island of Guernsey Le Creux des F es exists today, and the footprints of the fairy Abbesses are still to be found imprinted on the rock, and Marie Tape Tout still guides fishermen home To all lovers of New Zealand it will be immediately obvious that the writer has never been there, and I most humbly ask their pardon for the many mistakes I must have made I have a massive amount of highlights which you can see under my highlights and note section, if interested.I have never read a book that brought so many extreme turbulence of opinions on so many characters than in this story From the get go I rooted for one to feel extreme dislike soon after, some I would dislike or like in pairs but then after change my mind again, maybe liking one and then disliking the rest In their actions, words and inner feelings known to only themselves and the reader This went on to the very end which at times I felt so into the story, which I am generally immersed, that I felt emotional discomfort Strange, I know but that is my way as I read sometimes.Some other main characters, I kept a strong like throughout and that I did not waiver Captain O Hara Nat Doctor Ozanne Tai Haruru Veronique Samuel KellyThis is a romance but quite a different one in that satisfaction is not always apparent and references to future and past lives to make one whole, though not even fully discussed, still present for the reader to make their own conclusions.The colonization of New Zealand and the struggles with that brought the Maori in a fair light which has the reader rooting for them as well as the settlers, excepting certain barbaric practices which I will leave this whole part at that I found the historical part as interesting as the main plot.The missionary mission to bring Christianity and the whole religious discussion and storyline, I found fascinating and knowing the author s history.How important is success and appearances to life Is there a medium or does that success help fulfil others desires to help mankind Can a person change themselves and be different without an effect on their happiness and inner being The love we desire and the reality of how others love us is different than we love them Duty to love where love is not present but trying to make it work in its own way.Human desires and inability to reach them brings reality to this love story Selfish, selflessness and a combination is brought to the picture Feelings that should be not present in some brings almost a shock of sorts, or at least to me.There is just so much there which makes life not so easy but a continual course of reevaluating all around You just have to read this to know what I am saying which the movie could not even touch.The short of it Two young sisters meet a young boy, William whose father just arrived back to his Island home of his birth and things are for ever changed for all three.I keep thinking, I have seen the movie what can a book offer Everything and much, muchOld time radio link from Lux Radio Theater September 19, 1949https www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com SPOILER ALERT In the movie Marguerite is not a nun but soon to be after William and Marianne come back to the island Marguerite is solemn but in the book she has been a nun for many years and old She does not deny that she thinks of past love of William and in the movie no love is told between Marguerite and William but William says he only loves Marianne The daughter in the book grows up to be married with kids and a whole section of a doomed possible marriage that William and John stop Tai expresses his love to Marianne but she loves William but in the book she wants Tai to come with them down south and thinks of him always though she loves William.In the bookI was amazed at some of Marguerite s thoughts and later she admits to her sister when they are both being honest and apologizing Some characters have good and bad which kept me searching for how I wanted this story to end I liked Marianne and dislikes her as I did William, as well as the honest to a point Marguerite Why did William keep lying to Marianne so that she would be happy but she could tell something was off and her domineering self brought down her pride when he had not chosen her But though he loved Marguerite why did he write Marianne s name instead, even though drunk was thereto this Did he have a feeling that she had done so much throughout her life for him, though selfish in whole because she loved him, that he being lazy needed herthan his true love I think he loved her in the end but in a quite different way but still a way that was what Marianne always desired from him I could keep going but I leave it here


  5. bup bup says:

    Well, I haven t finished this I can t right now, and I may never Too painful.Baby, I finished the book, and I m sorry you weren t here with me for the ending It ended as well as it began, but, like real life, with some sadness picked up along the journey that we have to carry with us.I want to trumpet as much as I can the greatness of this book Truly a forgotten classic At times I thought I was reading Dickens I don t know why this book isn t huge You can see by the ratings it s good ha Well, I haven t finished this I can t right now, and I may never Too painful.Baby, I finished the book, and I m sorry you weren t here with me for the ending It ended as well as it began, but, like real life, with some sadness picked up along the journey that we have to carry with us.I want to trumpet as much as I can the greatness of this book Truly a forgotten classic At times I thought I was reading Dickens I don t know why this book isn t huge You can see by the ratings it s good having an average rating above 4 is no easy feat on goodreads.I m not sure I want to tell you much about the book it was wonderful for me not knowing anything about it except a recommendation that it was good, and letting it sell me on itself.It s a period piece set in the 1830 s written in the 1940 s in the British Empire, and it s the story of a few lives that intertwine Sounds staid, but isn t.Please seek it out and enjoy it


  6. Karyl Karyl says:

    As soon as Marianne sets her eyes on William Ozanne, after his father finally returns to his birthplace, she also sets her cap for him From that very moment she realizes that she is meant for him, and that she would mold him into exactly the man she wants him to be However, her sister Marguerite falls in love with him as well, a pure, giving love that asks for nothing in return After emigrating to New Zealand to make a new life for himself as an adult, he writes home to ask his love to join h As soon as Marianne sets her eyes on William Ozanne, after his father finally returns to his birthplace, she also sets her cap for him From that very moment she realizes that she is meant for him, and that she would mold him into exactly the man she wants him to be However, her sister Marguerite falls in love with him as well, a pure, giving love that asks for nothing in return After emigrating to New Zealand to make a new life for himself as an adult, he writes home to ask his love to join him in the New World except he mixes up the names of the sisters What follows is a hard look of what it means to give up everything to make someone else happy, and how one can find peace and happiness in return And finally at the end, the one who had thought she had lost it all years and years ago, and had been living a lie all this time, realizes instead that she s been given an incredible gift and it is the making of her.This book is very long, true There were parts that dragged a bit, but I think it was necessary to fully flesh out each and every character There are so many people, and each one is a completely three dimensional character, not simply cameos that flash upon the scene and are as quickly gone again The writing is a little high flown and romantic, but for me it gave the book an almost soft focus feeling as I read it Beautiful book, and one definitely worth sticking with


  7. Karen Karen says:

    This is my all time favorite book Good luck finding a copy, though It is out of print I checked it out from the Orem Library but it has since gone missing I bought a used copy off of .Interesting fact this book was made into a movie in the 40s, I think, staring Donna Read, Lana Turner, Van Heflen It has some early cinematographic attempts at portraying an earthquake It is reasonable good.I read it first in the 90s but reread it about a year ago Still as good as I remember it Don t This is my all time favorite book Good luck finding a copy, though It is out of print I checked it out from the Orem Library but it has since gone missing I bought a used copy off of .Interesting fact this book was made into a movie in the 40s, I think, staring Donna Read, Lana Turner, Van Heflen It has some early cinematographic attempts at portraying an earthquake It is reasonable good.I read it first in the 90s but reread it about a year ago Still as good as I remember it Don t expect a quick and easy read The characters are complex and it covers a long period of time.Basic plot is of two sisters, both in love with one man He favors the younger sister but when alone and drunk in New Zealand, he writes a letter asking the older sister to come to New Zealand and marry him Their names were similar Now what does he do Read the book and find out


  8. Abigayle Claire Abigayle Claire says:

    It s not possible to write a sufficient review on this book It s such a strangely unique story From unusual characters, to the setting of British Isles, to the incredibly descriptive theme of love, the entire piece is a wonder.I enjoyed following such deftly written characters throughout their entire lives Both their literal and spiritual journeys were creative and interesting, yet they got to the very essence of humanity And I feel like every single essence was touched on the fairytale of It s not possible to write a sufficient review on this book It s such a strangely unique story From unusual characters, to the setting of British Isles, to the incredibly descriptive theme of love, the entire piece is a wonder.I enjoyed following such deftly written characters throughout their entire lives Both their literal and spiritual journeys were creative and interesting, yet they got to the very essence of humanity And I feel like every single essence was touched on the fairytale of childhood, the struggle of life, and the hindsight of age.It s not an easy read, but it s a masterful classic and containsdepth and insight than the average story I d say it s well worth your time to follow the Le Patourel sisters timeless lives against a dramatic historical backdrop


  9. Luisa Knight Luisa Knight says:

    It s been a week since I finished this book, and even now, I m still unsure of how to go about writing this review My thoughts are not concrete I continue to find myself mulling over all the intricacies of the characters, and pondering the heavy questions they themselves pondered over I waiver between liking the story and liking it immensely It s moving, thought provoking and invokes self reflection This book has strong character portraits, with the caste often asking deep spiritual and phi It s been a week since I finished this book, and even now, I m still unsure of how to go about writing this review My thoughts are not concrete I continue to find myself mulling over all the intricacies of the characters, and pondering the heavy questions they themselves pondered over I waiver between liking the story and liking it immensely It s moving, thought provoking and invokes self reflection This book has strong character portraits, with the caste often asking deep spiritual and philosophical questions about God, having a relationship with God, religion, love, salvation, merit, worth, even martyrdom The plot s main premise is the caste s querying pursuits for salvation, love and peace Though the conclusions drawn should be taken with a grain of salt, and some I disagree with entirely, the philosophical questions stressed in the story are good ones and worth a little mental floss And the questions will by no means shatter your faith they arefor soul searching Readers willlikely than not take away these two things I do not want to be Marianne not in thought or action, or in attitude, so I ll be careful to watch my personality tendencies and keep them in check and inline I do not want to make Marguerite s one mistake.Regarding Goudge s style she s a literary genius It reads smoothly and beautifully due to her exquisite word texture I can not say enough on this score There are lush descriptions of places, people and ideas areas which she dwells in often, lulling the plot And Goudge, at least with this work, nailed the art of characterization I have not read such vividly real people in quite some time If you decide to read this book, don t read the descriptions and don t read the introductory pages in the book go right to the first chapter In my opinion, they give too much away I would have liked the shock of not knowing ahead of time where the story was going So for a quick synopsis When Marianne LePatourel meets William Ozanne in the 1830s on an island in the English Channel, she sets her heart on him However, her sister Marguerite falls in love with him too And so begins this sweeping novel that takes the characters on dramatic adventures from childhood through old age, on land and at sea, and from the Channel Islands to China to the New Zealand frontier.Cleanliness ProfanityMild Obscenities Substitutions 82 Incidents d mned, d mn, h ll, d mnablyReligious Profanities 49 Incidents God, god d mned, Lord, Good Gracious, mercy of heaven, God bless my soul, heaven knows, my goodness, Faith, thank God, in the name of God, Mother of God, for goodness sake, for heaven s sake, for God s sake, God knows, good God, God help him By gad, begod, begorra are used numerous times throughout the book Scatological Terms 9 Incidents bl dyDerogatory Terms 14 Incidents n gg rs, ss, Ch nk, J pSexual ContentLust 6 Incidents Character description She ought now to have been rounding out a little into the contours of womanhood, yet her body remained as thin and brown as it had always been William thought, as he watched her wonderingly from the door Something possessed her, something divine that men would always worship, the selflessness of woman who givers her body to man to ensure his immortality on the earth, as divine Demeter bares her bosom to the sun and rain that the seed within it may have life William s heart constricted painfully as he looked at the transfigured girl and his throat felt tight and his eyes hot as the flame of desire surged for the first time through his body A married woman thinks briefly about a man she once loved Even so had Edmond and Sophie once leaned upon the harbor wall In her passionate sympathy for her daughter, Sophie could feel the pressure of William s body against her own, and the trembling of her nerves made answer She was her daughter at this moment Her hands stole down beside her as though to feel for William s and her desperate happiness seemed wrapping itself about her body like a flame When a man decides to move away, he tells a married woman that he has loved her for years He takes her in his arms and kisses her She does not struggle and they both feel as if they had once been together in some other life They feel as if they were made for each other But she says she is her husband s and he agrees which is why he decided to move away He departs and they never see each other again, and the woman recollects this scene a couple of times Marianne her clothes were too smart for a farmer s wife, and she captivated the men with them at the rare local festivities with a thoroughness that was not seemly in a woman of her age Making Out Sex 6 Incidents A young boy and girl kiss several times A young woman kisses a young man quickly good bye A naive young man is tricked by a young woman She gets him drunk, sleeps with him and robs him No sensual details are given A man tenderly kisses his wife to be They kiss several times throughout the book not sensually descriptive A young lady finds a man s kisses unsatisfying He kisses her several times and takes her into a conservatory after a dance to propose it is noted that he had done this before for that love making behind the potted plants She is not sure of him or his character and so is torn within herself Between a husband and wife He caressed her as though he were a young and ardent lover, kissing her forehead and her wet eyelids, her lips and her hair He had never kissed her like this before Sexual Miscellaneous 12 Incidents The word breast and bosom are used several times to mean chest or heart The word sex is used a few times to mean gender A mother complains of her daughter s too revealing neckline Dancing is mentioned a few times throughout the books and there are several dances the characters attend Mentions half naked women working in coal mines.Mentions sailors, stowaways or mutineers sometimes washing up on shore naked A few times it is mentioned that the natives were half naked A woman clasps a letter to her breast and then pushes it inside her dress A husband tells his wife to undress in order to put on a disguise But a quick glance showed Tai Haruru that her breast had not been cut by the flints She was not a widow Her bosom was like a large black sofa It was white stain, fitting like a sheath over her breasts and into the curve of her waist, then breaking over the hips into a cascade of frills and flounces. and the next was very low indeed Conversation Topics 5 Incidents This book has strong character portraits, with the caste often asking deep spiritual and philosophical questions about God, having a relationship with God, religion, love, salvation, merit, worth, martyrdom as well as showing the caste s querying pursuits for redemption, love and peace by various means Mentions alcohol throughout the book At one time a main character is an alcoholic Various men smoke throughout the book and mentions snuff.Mentions sailor and Maori tattoos often There is some discussion about the Maori customs of cannibalism, cutting, suicides if a spouse died, head shrinking, spirits, and there is a scene with a faked seance Like my reviews Then you should follow me Because I have hundredsjust like this one With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and or conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you re 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  10. Abigail Hartman Abigail Hartman says:

    I came away from this novelvaguely confused In some ways I enjoyed it very much, and in others I was left with a sensation of, Ha ha, wait, what Therefore, the thing to do is clearly to take a page out of Cait s playbook and make lists and anyway, lists arefun to read.Thumbs up 1 Despite the fact that there was so much of it that I did, admittedly, skim through a few paragraphs here and there, the descriptions are beautiful Whether talking about the Channel island or New Zealand I came away from this novelvaguely confused In some ways I enjoyed it very much, and in others I was left with a sensation of, Ha ha, wait, what Therefore, the thing to do is clearly to take a page out of Cait s playbook and make lists and anyway, lists arefun to read.Thumbs up 1 Despite the fact that there was so much of it that I did, admittedly, skim through a few paragraphs here and there, the descriptions are beautiful Whether talking about the Channel island or New Zealand, or England or China, Goudge paints the landscape through the eyes of the characters and makes it its own character in the novel one of the most important characters, in fact And it s breathtaking.2 The story arcs are fantastic I almost never read books that follow the the protagonist s from childhood to old age they always sound a bit dull, honestly but I was fascinated by the evolution of the very different physical and yet very similar spiritual lives of Marianne, Marguerite, and William Marianne s totally not pleasant, but she s still, in my opinion, the most interesting and engaging character William annoyed me One of the aspects of the story I admired most was Goudge s awesome use of repetition I love the way she recycles the same phrase or even paragraph to emphasize the connections between different characters.3 It s engaging Again, a story that follows three characters through almost their whole lives doesn t sound particularly great to me, but while Green Dolphin Street is a pretty long and b heavy on descriptive passages and cabout spiritual journeys than catastrophes and dramatic events there are catastrophes and dramatic events, they re just not the focus, in my opinion , it still pulled me in I wanted to keep reading I wanted to know how the characters struggles and relationships would or would not be resolved Many of their trials rang true with me, and I was invested in their stories The lumber business bits in New Zealand were the best.Thumbsdown Sideways 1 You probably found the theology confusing because it was confused This is a book suffused with a mystical pietistic perspective on life, and while much of it is quite beautiful and has elements of truth, I honestly felt that the core message was unrealistic and unbiblical I could have misunderstood it, but that was the sensation I took away Christ is mentioned a few times in His role as suffering Savior, but He was not, as I saw it, central to the salvation of the characters Indeed, the characters seemed to be saved through their relationships with other characters either the giving or receiving of some kind of sacrificial love In one case a character even view spoiler considers his death to be a sacrifice that, um, wins God over into saving the lives of his sailors There definitely seemed to be some bargaining vibes there, anyway hide spoiler God Himself often seemed to be nothingpersonal than a mysterious force in the background Of course, in large measure the novel seems to be allegorical, but the message struck a wrong note Sacrificial love toward one another is important, but ultimately we don t save ourselves by giving up everything for another person Green Dolphin Street seemed to me to go far astray on this point.2 Sometimes the characters left me doing the huh what thing Like, Tai Haruru He was a fascinating figure and his story arc, too, was interesting however, I thought from his first introduction that he was much older than William and Marianne Thus view spoiler I considered him a father figure to them both, and then all of a sudden there is a kind of romantic soul connection between him and Marianne that absolutely threw me for a loop I felt like I d been given whiplash hide spoiler There arelikes than dislikes, then It s just that the dislikes were very large ones, not just minor points that appeared here and there but could be dismissed the spiritual message covered the whole of the story, and while it had some biblical points, I was ultimately uncomfortable with where it went