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Katharine McMahon

Auteur de The Alchemist's Daughter

11 oeuvres 2,059 utilisateurs 97 critiques 1 Favoris

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Katharine McMahon was born in Britain. She is an author who has published nine novels. She is the bestselling author of "The Rose of Sebastopol" which was short listed for the Best Read Award at the Galaxy Book Awards in 2008. Her previous book "The Alchemist's Daughter" was one of Waterstone's afficher plus Paperbacks of the Year in 2006. Her latest book, 'The Woman in the Picture", was released in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins


Œuvres de Katharine McMahon

The Alchemist's Daughter (2006) 882 exemplaires
The Rose of Sebastopol (2009) 689 exemplaires
The Crimson Rooms (2009) 270 exemplaires
Footsteps (1997) 61 exemplaires
Confinement (1998) 53 exemplaires
Season of Light (2011) 32 exemplaires
A Way Through the Woods (1989) 26 exemplaires
After Mary (2000) 17 exemplaires
The Woman in the Picture (2014) 17 exemplaires
The Hour of Separation (2018) 9 exemplaires


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I enjoyed the story that is woven through The Rose of Sebastopol. We get a sense of what people at home heard and thought of the war, but also what it was like living and working in the war zone. It is told in dual narrative, with the primary narrative told during the Crimean War, and the secondary narrative consists of Mariella's memories of past events. If you have trouble following multiple timelines, this book may give you difficulty. Part of Mariella's tale of past events can be of her life just before she heads to Italy, from when she meets Henry, and later when she meets Rosa. Eventually the "present" timeline, and the rememberances of life just before she leaves for Italy catch up together, so there is one less time frame to keep track of. Since I had an audiobook, I missed having a printed copy that I could flip back and check at times.

One biggest problem with this audiobook how the chapters end. I would be sitting, listening happily along, and expect the chapter to continue, except it goes launching into a new one. I am not sure if the author wrote it that way, or if the narrator read it in a way where the phrasing sounded like the chapter should continue instead of stopping. This might not have bothered me much, except that I would say at least half of the chapters in the novel ended that way. The other major problem I had with the book is Mariella's voice. When she would get to thinking about how Henry is, or where Rosa was or some decision she has to make, she starts to sound whiny, weak and spoiled. I simply can't stand whiny, weak female lead characters, and this began to get to me. It may have been exaggerated, since I was listening to the book, but not seeing it in print, its hard to say how much. It may also be done to exaggerate the difference between Rosa and Mariella, since Rosa is decisive and fearless, but if this is the case, it could have been done so Mariella didn't sound so weak.

Some of the events covered in the last disk or two seemed hurried, and thrown in almost like an afterthought when compared to the long period in getting to the Crimea and looking for Rosa there. Some of these events would have made the story more interesting, in terms of the characters and their relationships with each other, but being hurried in near the end, they felt more contrived.
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sawcat | 33 autres critiques | Apr 8, 2024 |
An naive young scientist who has lived alone with her Father for all of her life falls in love for the first time.
Not really my type of novel.
calenmarwen | 36 autres critiques | May 28, 2023 |
This book was an interesting change from a lot of the fictional books on alchemy that I have read. And although it was a nice change to see real alchemists and physical alchemy being referenced instead of spiritual alchemy, I have issues with this book.
Maybe it was the lack of care which I had for all of the characters, including those ones that we are suppose to be feeling sorry for (who ever they may have been, I really do not know). Or maybe it was the unfortunate lack of surprise in the story. Most of the events that occurred were predictable, easily guessed long before they were ever actually explained. I was expecting more surprises since alchemy is such a fascinating and unpredictable science; instead I get to read about a mundane love interest and emotionally flat beings, where alchemy only enters into the story on the peripheral.
The ending was another point that bothered me, although I was happy that the main character finally got her act together I could not help feeling unsatisfied by the conclusion, in fact I skim read it because I jut got to the point where I felt that enough was enough.
It started of well and got better as it went on, it was just the conclusion that I felt dragged on. All of that said, the book was engaging enough to hold my attention long enough to get me through to the 'almost' end. Definitely a book that I would pick up a second time, even if it is only to enjoy a few select scenes and events.
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Wendell_Lear | 36 autres critiques | Mar 26, 2023 |
Durante la guerra de Crimea, una joven enfermera británica, Rosa Barr, recorre los campos de batalla en su empeño de atender y confortar el mayor número posible de heridos. Mientras tanto, en Londres, su prima Mariella Lingwood sigue el devenir del conflicto a través de las cartas que recibe de su novio, Henry Thewell, un célebre cirujano que también ha ido voluntario a la guerra. Pero cuando Henry cae herido y las noticias sobre Rosa cesan, Mariella se siente obligada a acudir en ayuda de ambos. Así, siguiendo el rastro de su prima, Mariella emprende un viaje que la llevará desde su apacible ámbito familiar en el comedido Londres victoriano hasta el perturbador escenario de la contienda. Un viaje que la hará descubrir en su fuero interno una fuerza que no creía poseer y le enseñará que aún tiene mucho que aprender sobre los secretos del alma, la fidelidad y el amor.… (plus d'informations)
Natt90 | 33 autres critiques | Mar 23, 2023 |


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