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I loved this book so much, but then again I love the old Author's. I have read this book 3 times now. The first time I read it I was actually quite surprised. One must remember that this was written during the first part of the last century, in England. Ms. Corelli, being a woman author had a very difficult time getting published. A lot of what the main character goes through trying to get into the book publishing and author business is a reflection of what she had to go through but at the more extreme end.
I always had a vision of the proper English citizen in the early 1900's. Well off, arrogant, proper, women had their place and so did the men. Women had to be classy,prudish, a real lady at all times ( at least that is what both of my British Great Grandmother's and Great Great Grandmother's were like, both born in late 1800's early 1900, all of them coming from very wealthy families with old money) So when I read this I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't always like that.
It is a book that asks you, in a sense, what would you give to become famous and rich, would money cause you to change and if so how? Is money and fame worth the cost of your soul?
Read it and you too will be pleasantly surprised, I also recommend that you read up on who Marie Corelli was and her struggles to become the person she wanted to be, have the career she wanted to have and how much times have changed for women since her day. She was a very interesting lady indeed.
It's the book that changed my outlook for life at a very, very tender age. A must read, that I fondly cajole those close to me to pick up and cleanse their soul with.