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Snubbed by Lady Lyndon-Fury on the station platform in Simonstown, Ireland, spirited Daisy O'Lindon exacts the most damaging revenge by catching the eye of Lady Lyndon-Fury's handsome son.
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Unlike Macdonald's recent interlinked, turn-of-the-century portraits of lively, liberation-minded females on the go in Cornwall (A Notorious Woman, 1989; An Innocent Woman, 1991; A Woman Alone, 1991), this Ireland-set tale, in which a revenge-minded lass of talent and beauty revives a centuries-old family feud, creeps on at a crab-slow pace--somewhat reminiscent of the author's His Father's Son, (1990), which, like this amiable novel, sidles into family interplay and class and caste consciousness with lots and lots of talk. ``Families...[are] the most destroying, vengeful, flesh- consuming, spirit-quenching institutions...but as long as you know that, it's worth the fight to preserve them.'' Thus says the aging and dying drunk who is the second son of the titled Lyndon-Fury family, Protestant Irish who had, in 1645, done in their kin the O'Lindons, now struggling and scattered about the country. It's Daisy O'Lindon of Dublin who, insulted by Lady Lyndon-Fury and tired of idling at the home of her small-time manufacturer father, scents the lure of revenge--on the whole pack of Lyndon-Furys. In no time she's attracted Napier, the L.Fs' third son, an artist at the academy where Daisy models. But then Daisy falls in love, becomes pregnant, and the battle begins for the soul of Napier. Family wins, and they part. Daisy will marry solid, ambitious third cousin Stephen, raise his children--along with ``Caro,'' her daughter by Napier--and slowly the Lyndon-Fury fortunes dwindle while Stephen and Daisy gently close in. There'll be the deaths of two sons, accidental tragedies, and a suicide. At the close, the remnants of the Lyndon-Furys leave forever--but a heartbreaking loss evens the game of revenge. With generally agreeable, chatty characters, a slow-moving but--like some of Macdonald's others--restfully gossipy novel. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Macdonald ( Honour and Obey ; An Innocent Woman ) offers little that's fresh in this flat tale of a poor but fiery young woman making her way by wits alone in late-19th-century Ireland. Daisy O'Lindon, snubbed by haughty Lady Lyndon-Fury in her request for employment, falls in love with Lady Lyndon-Fury's handsome son Napier and becomes pregnant. When he refuses to defy his family and forgo his inheritance to marry her, Daisy resolves to exact revenge. She weds her ambitious and kind third cousin Stephen O'Lindon; over the years the two make their way up in the small community of Simonstown, gradually buying the possessions of the steadily self-destructing Lyndon-Furys. At the center of the turmoil between the two families are the Lyndon-Furys' ancient Coolderg Castle, in local lore stolen long ago from O'Lindons, and Daisy and Napier's daughter Caroline. Macdonald's characters fail to become credible, their actions are inconsistent and often unappealing (Daisy indignantly points out a competitor's crippled leg and plain face in her early suit for a job), and the prose is perfunctory.
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Book Description St Martins Press, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312069944
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