Monday, July 14, 2014

Forever Amber

Cover image for Forever Amber / Kathleen Winsor.Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, 726 pages

I started reading this book to see why it was banned in New Zealand and Ireland, and was burned at ports and public libraries in England. The only reason I can see is that it was indecent for its time. While it might be true that it has, as one attorney general put it, "seventy references to sexual intercourse; thirty-nine illegitimate pregnancies; seven abortions; ten descriptions of women undressing, dressing or bathing in the presence of men; five references to incest; thirteen references ridiculing marriage; and forty-nine miscellaneous objectionable passages"(Banned Books, ALA) it certainly is no worse than stuff that is published now, like Game of Thrones.

I found Forever Amber to be a pretty typical romance novel with slight hints of political thriller. Basically Amber falls in love with Bruce and power and will do anything it takes to get both of the things she wants. I truly like how the novel ends and it may be one of the best endings I have ever read. Obviously the book is for mature audiences.

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