Blue Camellia

Blue Camellia

3.7 (113 ratings by Goodreads)
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 055209594X
  • 9780552095945

Review Text

A story distinct from the pattern we have come to expect from Mrs. Keyes, but still recognizably hers in the minutiae of background and development, in her gift for telling a credible story. This time, however, while her story has its meed of emotional and romantic content, one feels that the catalyst is an essential to the American- particularly the Louisiana- economy, rice, its breeding to the finest and sturdiest grain, its milling and marketing. It is a two generation story- of a man dedicated to one goal, sacrificing the wife who loved him to that goal; and of the daughter who had her own struggle in the love of two men, cousins - one, the wastrel, the feckless one, whose love dominated her life; the other, his cousin, whose utter devotion won for him ten years of what he saw as happiness. It took the death of both - the belated recognition of a father of what his daughter could offer- to bring them into partnership, towards a common goal. Here is no story of the social glamour of old New Orleans, though there are fleeting peripheral glimpses of it; here no fast paced mystery. The story may have, possibly, less wide appeal on the rental library level; but it makes a definite contribution to the American scene in a tale of pioneering and frontier living on a different plane- a "pattern for living and working", she has called it. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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113 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 19% (22)
4 42% (47)
3 32% (36)
2 4% (5)
1 3% (3)
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