The Turquoise

The Turquoise Anya Seton
  • Title: The Turquoise
  • Author: Anya Seton
  • ISBN: 9780340157008
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Turquoise Anya Seton The Turquoise It is the story of a beautiful gifted woman who leaves the magic mountains of her native New Mexico for the piratical opulent gaslit New York of the s only to end her search for happiness back
    It is the story of a beautiful, gifted woman who leaves the magic mountains of her native New Mexico for the piratical, opulent, gaslit New York of the 1870s only to end her search for happiness back in the high, thin air of Santa Fe Santa Fe Cameron, named for the place of her birth, was the child of a Spanish mother and a Scotch father and inherited from both a high degIt is the story of a beautiful, gifted woman who leaves the magic mountains of her native New Mexico for the piratical, opulent, gaslit New York of the 1870s only to end her search for happiness back in the high, thin air of Santa Fe Santa Fe Cameron, named for the place of her birth, was the child of a Spanish mother and a Scotch father and inherited from both a high degree of psychic perceptivity Natanay, an American Indian, saw this and gave the little orphan a turquoise amulet as a keepsake this turquoise, the Indian symbol of the spirit, dominates her life For Santa Fe Cameron, life is made up of violent contrasts the rough wagon of the gay young Irish medicine vendor who brings her East and the scented hansom cabs and carriages waiting before her own Fifth Avenue mansion the glittering world of the Astors and a dreary cell in the Tombs All the color, excitement, and rich period detail which distinguish Anya Seton s novels are here, together with one of her most unusual heroines.
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    About Anya Seton


    1. Anya Seton January 23, 1904 although the year is often misstated to be 1906 or 1916 November 8, 1990 was the pen name of the American author of historical romances, Ann Seton.Ann Seton was born in New York, New York, and died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut She was the daughter of English born naturalist and pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernest Thompson Seton and Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson She is interred at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.Her historical novels were noted for how extensively she researched the historical facts, and some of them were best sellers citation needed Dragonwyck 1941 and Foxfire 1950 were both made into Hollywood films Two of her books are classics in their genre and continue in their popularity to the present Katherine, the story of Katherine Swynford, the mistress and eventual wife of John of Gaunt, and their children, who eventually became the basis for the Tudor and Stuart families of England, and Green Darkness, the story of a modern couple plagued by their past life incarnations Most of her novels have been recently republished, several with forewords by Philippa Gregory.Her novel Devil Water concerns James, the luckless Earl of Derwentwater and his involvement with the Jacobite rising of 1715 She also narrates the story of his brother Charles, beheaded after the 1745 rebellion, the last man to die for the cause The action of the novel moves back and forth between Northumberland, Tyneside, London and America.Anya Seton stated that the book developed out of her love for Northumberland Anya certainly visited her Snowdon cousins at Felton Billy Pigg, the celebrated Northumbrian piper played Derwentwater s Farewell especially for her The novel shows her typical thorough research of events and places, though the accents are a little wayward Anya Seton said that her greatest debt of all was to Miss Amy Flagg of Westoe Village in South Shields, her father s birthplace.


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    1. Superbly written, but this ended up being my least favorite Seton so far The story was dull for me None of the main characters held much interest for me, and I didn t care about their respective ambitions.

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    2. Not Seton s best work, but still an interesting read This is the story of Santa Fe Fey Cameron, named after the town she was born in, Santa Fe New Mexico Her high born spanish mother died in childbirth, and her father the disinherited younger son of a highland laird died when she was a young girl, leaving her to be raised by a lower class mexican family When Fey turns 17 she meets Terry Dillon, a handsome, charming but ever so unscrupulous medicine man who is headed back east to make his fortune [...]

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    3. I was excited to read a first edition copy thanks to my good friend, Adam The book itself felt so wonderful in my hands, and it felt like I was opening a real treasure The story itself was magical, beginning in Santa Fe, moving to New York City, and ending back in Santa Fe I loved reading about Fey s trials and tribulations and ultimate redemption A moving, beautiful story.

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    4. DNF at pg 59.Some people might call it lavish atmosphere, I call it boring meandering filler Get to the point, Seton.

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    5. What a find It is a rare book that makes me weep Not in sorrow but in empathy The life story of an amazing woman born in Santa Fe She is a forgotten legend of the area The author is a wonderful storyteller whose prose sometimes borders poetry She researched through the memories of the elders in the area, the scant records available from the late 1800 s and has presented us a piece of thought provoking historical fiction She has written La Santa s or Sante Fe or Fey life as a parable a life of ch [...]

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    6. I had to pick up this copy at the UBS just to upload the cover.

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    7. Original review posted hereHave you heard of Anya Seton I sure hadn t I m not sure what possessed me to put this book on my TBR list back in 2009, but THANK GOODNESS I did Because y all, this book was magnificent.It was published first in 1946, and the copy I got from the library was bound in one of those old style books unassuming, no pictures, gold lettering on top of an orange cover I looked at that book and thought what was I thinking And then I started to read and I read and and next thin [...]

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    8. I find Seton s writing enjoyable because she has strong and independent female characters The Turquoise is no exception as she tells the compelling tale of Santa Fey Cameron, whose heritage is the unlikely combination of Scottish and Spanish parents When her father dies, leaving her orphaned she lives with a poor Mexican family To escape this life Fey marries Terry Dillon, a handsome Irish rogue, only to be abandoned in New York, pregnant and alone She finds a friend in Dr Rachel at a clinic for [...]

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    9. Born of Scots Spanish parents in 1850s New Mexico and orphaned at a n early age, Fey is raised by poor neighbors At 17, she hitches a ride out of town with Terry Dillon, a special elixir selling quack While traveling the Santa Fe Trail, they marry and eventually arrive in Kansas with enough money for train fares to New York City Predictably, Terry abandons Fey within days, just before Fey realizes she is pregnant Alone, pregnant and without a source of income in the 19th century metropolis, Fey [...]

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    10. I have a love affair with turquoise, which led me to this book It reminded me of Gone with the Wind, and yet Fey was likable than Scarlet O Hara I am a single mother, and so Fey s abandoned pregnant plight in the 1860 s NYC was a terrifying thing to read I wanted to see her choose strength of her own to survive and was dismayed that she turned to seducing a powerful and rich man to marry her and in so doing hid her past and who she was behind him It beautifully came full circle in the end, and [...]

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    11. I loved this book Have read 6 other Anya Seton novels and this one and Katherine are my favorites The story moves along very rapidly and has some of her very best characters in addition to Fey the strong heroine in the novel It contains elements of romance, ambition, betrayal, adventure in wide ranging locations and keeps you turning pages to keep up with the life of this amazing women Even the 19th century historical settings in Santa Fe and NYC as well as travel between them gives you a wide r [...]

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    12. I read this book as the March selection of the Rainbow Reading Challenge The Turquoise is the story of a girl whose parents were Mexican and Scottish She was named for the city of her birth, Santa Fe, but her father called her Fey Her mother died in childbirth so she lived the first years of her life with her father who was a Scottish doctor They discovered that Fey had the gift of sight Later, when Fey was about 7, her father was killed when he went to help a fellow doctor with a surgery Fey we [...]

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    13. Anya Seton should be so much well known than she is She is one of the first writers to do careful exhaustive research on her subject matter, thus making her fictional stories works of literature which educate as well as entertain Now, there are so many good authors in the historical fiction field, but she, as a pioneer in the genre, is truly a master.The worlds she builds in her books are so engrossing that you hardly realize you are reading Whereas I often look at page count in contemporary fi [...]

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    14. It was a good read Anya Seton is a great author It s about a young girl born of Mexican and Scottish aristocracy, but when her parents die, she is on her own She makes bad choices like we all do , but in the end, she redeems herself.

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    15. Not Anya Seton s best The beginning was promising the descriptions of New Mexico were vivid I also liked the ending, where Fey comes to terms with being responsible for the choices she made However, throughout the middle I found myself wanting the story to be over If you re new to Anya Seton, don t start out with this one Try Katherine or perhaps Avalon or The Winthrop Woman first Move onto this if you enjoy those.

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    16. This historical fiction novel was a little difficult for me to get started just because of the many Spanish words in the beginning, but I m about half way through and it s interesting I ll write a better review when I ve read the whole book.Book finished Great read Here s my review The Turquoise, a fictional work written by Anya Seton, is about a very remarkable woman who starts her young life with an external gift of a turquoise gem from an Indian shaman, pride of her heritage and internal gift [...]

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    17. Seton works her magic on historical fiction once again This time the setting is in 19th century New Mexico, moving to New York then back to New Mexico The main character, Santa Fe, was named for the place of her birth Her mother died giving her birth, so Fey learns early to fend for herself, becoming extremely self reliant To escape the doldrums of her life in the west she hooks up with a carpet bagger hustler named Terry, who agrees to take her along on the Santa Fe trail as he heads east.Here [...]

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    18. I liked most of the book and on the whole it s well written, if a little melodramatic in places However, there were some sections that I found boring and or frustrating The author had obviously done a lot of detailed research and wanted to ensure that her readers were aware of it She achieved this by some concentrated name dropping presumably of historical figures and as I was not familiar with any of them, I found these passages quite tedious I had little or no empathy with the main characters [...]

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    19. I am a huge fan of Anya Seton s Katherine, and I would go as far as to credit it for my deep love of historical fiction Unfortunately, this novel did not make me feel the same way In my eyes, The Turquoise just did not live up to that level of writing, engagement, and character development A good premise and a strong beginning, but it quickly became a very stereotypical, Victorianesque, maudlin story with a somewhat disappointing ending.No doubt Seton does historical fiction well in terms of det [...]

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    20. I love historical fiction and I ve chosen this book as a pick me up read right after devouring Milan Kundera s The Unbearble Lightness of Being The book was an easy read, it reminded me of Gone With the Wind and somehow I m not lost to this plot at all The good thing about this book is that it sporadically shifts out of the normal descriptive part where some authors liberally enjoy and do, Seton s book is different in the terms of adding a bit of reality in the book putting a personal touch to i [...]

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    21. Another good Seton novel,though this one is only loosely based on fact and in a much contemporary setting than most of her books, it s set in the mid 1800 s The main character reminds me a lot of Scarlett from Gone with the Wind, which means she s kind of selfish and ruthless.The story is entirely readable though not as good as some of her other novels, say, Green Darkness or Avalon.

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    22. This book was a really good read i loved how the story flowed was always interesting and never dull It follows through the life of Fay from where she came to what she became i did not like that she tried to run from who she was and how easily she could be diverted However i wouldn t want this story any other way i was surprised picking up this book had spanish in it and it was written very well into the dialogue.

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    23. Anya Seton does a great job of introducing the reader to the early citizens of New Mexico and 19th century New York This novel addresses the problems of social class in both areas It also addresses the struggle the heroine has in dealing with her conflicting backgrounds The plot is somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed the background research the author had done.

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    24. Clever presentation of a mystical heroineI always enjoy Anya Set on and her writing Was some disappointed in all the typos in the production of this book The price seemed high for such poor work.

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    25. This book didn t grab me as much as Seton s other books I think it s because I didn t think Fey s love and attraction for Terry were very believable I felt she was smarter than the dumb decisions she made.

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    26. This was an enjoyable book by an author who was one of my favorites when I was a teenager It was enjoyable to read but in many ways seemed dated especially in its stereotyping of various ethnic groups.

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    27. I enjoyed this book even though it was old fashioned and a moral tail about social climbing financial wealth at all cost.

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    28. Wonderful book This was copyright in the 1940 s A girl is trying to find out who she really is I loved this book.

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    29. Yet another of Seton s novels involving a strong willed young woman who I find remarkably selfish At least the last quarter or so of the book was surprising, thus the 3 star rating.

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