Penmarric

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Set against the starkly beautiful landscape of Cornwall, PENMARRIC is the totally enthralling saga of a family divided against itself. At the center of the novel is the great mansion called Penmarric. It is to Penmarric that Mark Castallack, a proud, strange, and sensitive man, brings his bride Janna—the first act in a tempestuous drama that was to span three generations....
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Overview

Set against the starkly beautiful landscape of Cornwall, PENMARRIC is the totally enthralling saga of a family divided against itself. At the center of the novel is the great mansion called Penmarric. It is to Penmarric that Mark Castallack, a proud, strange, and sensitive man, brings his bride Janna—the first act in a tempestuous drama that was to span three generations....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451683646
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Pages: 744
  • Sales rank: 1,361,289
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 2.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    Great story, couldn't put it down!

    I originally read this book many years ago. Came across it again in a box of stored books and read it again. Now I know why I couldn't part with it! This story will keep you up late - interesting characters, good plot, and every chapter ends with a new twist or a surprise. I think this is the best book by the author I've ever read and would highly recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

    Not a good read as a nonfiction, an exceptional novel as a ficti

    Not a good read as a nonfiction, an exceptional novel as a fiction :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    Don't waste your time

    A page-turner at best. Classic cheap novel featuring melodramatic plots, cheesy dialogue, poorly delineated characters and the requisite (gratuitous) scenes of sex and violence. In accordance with her belief that, "nothing in this world is black and white and you cannot divide people neatly into two categories" Ms. Howatch presents us with "realistic" characters who are intended to be sympathetic to the reader even when they do appalling things. So she gives us a melodramatic plot worthy of the latest episode of General Hospital and a cast of seedy characters with whom we are supposed to sympathize while they are engaged in adultery, bigamy, rape, various other forms of misogyny, child abuse, and murder. What the author in con-artistic fashion fails to acknowledge is that while human nature is intrinsically evil and the best of people are capable of doing evil things, there ARE qualitative differences in character among people. There ARE certain acts that only an evil person would be capable of, acts that define and label a person's character forever. A good writer has to start by acknowledging human evil and grappling with it, not dismissing it with half-truths and platitudes. There is a difference, too, between exposing human evil and glorifying it for the purposes of cheap sensation and a cheap buck. Don't waste your time on this novel.

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