Gabriel's Rapture (Paperback)
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Short Description for Gabriel's Rapture Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with a former student. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover.
- Published: 22 May 2012
- Format: Paperback 426 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781936305520 ISBN 10: 1936305526
- Sales rank: 25,050
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Reviews for Gabriel's Rapture
Well written and multi-layerd but..
I didn't hate it - I was just annoyed with it the whole time I was reading it.
I kept checking how many pages I've got left. I was impatient with the drag of the story. I thought the characters were somewhat two-dimensional and unconvincing.
What kept me at it, you might wonder? Well, it was the literary references to some of the best writers and their works throughout time and the setting of the book - Toronto, Canada (which is one of my favorite places in the world). And I kept expecting the H and h to get it together, do something sensible etc.
I hadn't happened by half way point and at 3/4 I got impatient and went to bed.
The writing style is actually quite interesting - jarring but definitely interesting.
A little like I would imagine a person with split personality disorder would write - if they were aware of both personalities and were able to integrate them..?
One moment it would flow like highbrow literature and the next she's cut loose with really modern abrasiveness; full of swearing, colloquialisms etc.
I can't quite make up my mind if the dichotomy of it was what kept me reading past my annoyance with the content...just because I've never come across anything like it and I liked that aspect of it.
But it also made the character of the heroine seem inconsistent, I think, because a shy, withdrawn flower rarely cuts loose with cussing in multiple languages...
Now that I've found out that the story doesn't even end but the torture continues in a sequel, I doubt I'll finish the book at all.
What's the point?
The lack of trust, emotional cowardice and general unattractiveness of the main characters is too off putting to bother with...without a guarantee of a happy ending. by Dela