Il mondo di Belle

Il mondo di Belle Un enorme dimora rivestita di assicelle bianche e avvolta da glicini in fiore cos la casa del capitano James Pyke appare allo sguardo infantile di Lavinia McCarten la mattina d aprile del in cu

  • Title: Il mondo di Belle
  • Author: Kathleen Grissom Chiara Brovelli
  • ISBN: 9788854507005
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • Un enorme dimora, rivestita di assicelle bianche e avvolta da glicini in fiore cos la casa del capitano James Pyke appare allo sguardo infantile di Lavinia McCarten, la mattina d aprile del 1791 in cui la piccola irlandese mette per la prima volta piede in Virginia Pyke, un uomo dalla corporatura imponente, i capelli grigi legati dietro la nuca e rughe profonde che gliUn enorme dimora, rivestita di assicelle bianche e avvolta da glicini in fiore cos la casa del capitano James Pyke appare allo sguardo infantile di Lavinia McCarten, la mattina d aprile del 1791 in cui la piccola irlandese mette per la prima volta piede in Virginia Pyke, un uomo dalla corporatura imponente, i capelli grigi legati dietro la nuca e rughe profonde che gli solcano il viso segnato dal sole, ha raccolto la bambina dalla sua nave, appena approdata in America dopo la lunga traversata oceanica, e l ha portata con s per destinarla alle cucine della sua piantagione Un modo come un altro per passare all incasso del debito per la traversata, che i genitori di Lavinia, morti durante la navigazione, non hanno avuto la buona sorte di saldare.Stremata e debilitata, la bambina viene accolta nelle cucine della piantagione dalla famiglia di schiavi neri che vi lavorano una piccola, operosa comunit composta da Mamma Mae, una donna dalla stazza possente che, con una pipa perennemente tra i denti, le concede subito la benedizione del suo sorriso Pap George, un gigantesco orso bruno Dory, Fanny e Beattie, le figlie Ben, il figlio maschio, pi grosso ancora del padre e dalla risata irresistibile e cristallina Un mondo guidato da una responsabile delle cucine dai grandi occhi verdi e dai capelli neri e lucidi Belle, un attraente ragazza di diciotto anni Frutto di un capriccio clandestino del capitano con una delle sue schiave nere, Belle stata allontanata dalla casa padronale, finendo nelle cucine, il giorno in cui il capitano si presentato nella piantagione con Martha, una moglie pi giovane di lui di venti anni.Adottata dalla famiglia di Mamma Mae e maternamente accudita da Belle, Lavinia cresce come una servetta bianca ignara dell abisso che separa la casa padronale dall universo delle cucine.Finch una bambina, Belle le cela opportunamente le verit del suo mondo l ambiguo rapporto che la lega al capitano padre padrone, la dipendenza di Martha dal laudano, le punizioni inferte da Rankin, il sorvegliante violento e razzista, l odio che il fratellastro Marshall nutre per lei Le tace opportunamente che in Virginia chiunque abbia la pelle nera pu essere picchiato, violentato, venduto e torturato nello stesso tempo.Non pu fare nulla, tuttavia, quando Lavinia, cresciuta, si allontana dal suo mondo per ricongiungersi al mondo dei bianchi cui appartiene e per fare poi ritorno nella grande casa in compagnia di Marshall, il nuovo padrone divenuto nel frattempo un giovane bello e affascinante Allora i vecchi legami sembrano distrutti, e le verit a lungo nascoste messe pericolosamente a nudo.Magnifica storia di segreti e inganni, di a e tradimento, di violenza e riscatto, Il mondo di Belle un romanzo che colpisce al cuore come pochi.

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    • Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" says:

      Kathleen Grissom had the raw materials for a rich and powerful historical novel. Her writing is good, if a little drawn out at times. She has an interesting angle with the orphaned Irish immigrant girl put to work among the slaves. So why did it fall short? I think Grissom slipped too easily into stereotypes and melodrama and never got out of that rut. When you have too many tragic or shocking things happen to too many characters, it becomes predictable and numbs the reader. I started losing tra [...]

    • ♥ Marlene♥ says:

      I had sorted this book as literature on my shelf well it is definitely not literature but more cheap sensational stuff based on stereotypes.While reading this book this is what I wrote:"I am not liking this book. It feels like the books I read when I was a teen and had nothing good to read. It is too much. Too much sorrow and everything goes wrong. Now she is going to make life changing decisions because of lack of communication. If there is something I dislike it is that in books.I meant by tha [...]

    • Norma says:

      Absolutely wonderful narration!  This was definitely a winner for me because of its awesome narrators who made this such an entertaining and enjoyable read!  I must say this is the first audiobook that I have thoroughly enjoyed and was captivated from start to finishE KITCHEN HOUSE by KATHLEEN GRISSOM is a very touching, powerful, gripping, heart-wrenching, and a beautifully written Historical Fiction novel which is set on a plantation in the antebellum South that grabbed my listening ears rig [...]

    • Marleen says:

      What an amazing book! It deserves more than 5 stars. Truly, I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning because I had to finish this story. It’s been ages since I have been that engrossed in a book, or that affected by a story for that matter. There aren’t words to describe the emotions you feel while reading this. I have to give credit to the author’s wonderful talent for being able to render such an unvarnished, yet grippingly beautiful tale of life on a so [...]

    • Gloria Bernal says:

      An amazing first novel!Author Kathleen Grissom's debut novel about slavery in the South in the late 1700's, early 1800's is one of the best out this year. This thought-provoking look at life on a tobacco plantation in that era both shocks us and draws us into the souls of these compelling characters, the white owners, the black slaves, and the little white girl who is brought in as an indentured servant, with whom we "experience" her growth into womanhood. Totally believable and thoroughly resea [...]

    • Cathrine says:

      I really debated what rating to give this book. In terms of keeping me turning the pages, it was riveting, and I had a hard time putting it down. The story of Lavinia, the young Irish orphan who was raised by a family of plantation slaves, had me laughing and crying out loud at times. My main problem with the book, however, was that the author never seemed to go past the plot and what was happening to the characters externally. Because of this, they often came across as a little shallow and unde [...]

    • Pamela Huxtable says:

      If books can be compared to movies, this is a Lifetime movie. Tragedy after tragedy occurs; we have unaknowledged illegitimate biracial children, sexual abuse of children,rape, sexual assault, drug use. And the author also puts in the particular tragedies of pre-Civil War Virginia, including abuse and murder of slaves, mistreatment of slaves, the breaking of families by slave owners, starvation and overworking of the slaves. Plus mental illness. Oh, there's incest, too. And did I mention spousal [...]

    • Jaline says:

      From the Author’s notes: The only time the work came to a standstill was when the characters took me to an event or a place where I had not yet done my research. I tried on a number of occasions to change some of the events (those that I found profoundly disturbing), but the story would stop when I did that, so I forged ahead to write what was revealed.Antebellum history has been covered numerous times and from numerous angles, just like WWI and WWII history. And yet, no matter how many times [...]

    • PorshaJo says:

      Stories set in the South during the time of slavery are always a difficult read. The Kitchen House is no exception. However, the story told here is not all tragedy. There is also hope, friendship, and love in this story.The Kitchen House is told from two points of view. Lavinia, a young Irish girl who is now an indentured servant, and Belle, a young black slave, who is half while. Lavinia, is seven years old, when she is orphaned when her parents die during passage by boat. The Captain, takes he [...]

    • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh says:

      I should have loved this; 1st novel, Canadian author, great reviews, southern historical fiction, I was stoked. Maybe that was my problem; overly high expectations the kiss of death. I'll attempt to explain why I rated it so low:• Boring protagonist; weepy, passive women just irritate me now. I used to be more tolerant; I’ll put this down to aging• I read similar books when I was younger, nothing fresh here • It's a pager turner but the plot was pretty obvious; good story that I wish had [...]

    • Chrissie says:

      NO SPOILERS!!!On completion: Four stars! I know I really liked the book, but why, and what is it that prevents me from giving it five stars? You keep turning the pages, I kept wondering what is going to happen next? Yes, a lot does happen, and sometimes it does feel a bit melodramatic given all the shit that hits the fan. What happens does not feel impossible, but sometimes I found myself thinking that the Blacks absolutely never were as bad as the Whites. Let me say once again, the story does n [...]

    • Jenna says:

      Can you imagine being in such a frightful shock that you don’t know who you are or where you came from? Now imagine that scenario as an orphaned 7-year-old indentured servant, with an Irish accent unlike the thick southern one that you can barely understand that surrounds you. This is the terrifying realization for Lavinia, who was thrust to work the house kitchen with other slaves in the late 1700’s in Virginia. Feeling isolated and confused, her fellow slaves open their arms to this sad gi [...]

    • Candi says:

      Set during the late 1700's, this was a very touching story about Lavinia, a young white girl who has tragically lost her family during a passage from Ireland to America, and her newly adopted family of slaves who all serve the ship's captain on his tobacco plantation. Working in the kitchen house, Lavinia forges a deep connection with Mama, Papa George, their children, Uncle, and Belle, the illegitimate daughter of the captain. As a young child, Lavinia recognizes no boundaries due to color; if [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I am surprised by all the 4 & 5 star reviews. While the book is somewhat interesting, it falls flat and reeks of melodrama. It's like the Days of our Lives in the 18th century. The book is very repetitious with tragedy and crisis--you become numb to it after awhile. And yes, the characters are very 2 dimensional. I can't believe that Marshall would just become wholly evil. I expected to see a more complex character than that. All the white women in the book are weak and subdued; the black wo [...]

    • Thing Two says:

      To quote one of my book club mates, "This is just about the worst book I've ever read." I was so happy she'd said this, because it's about the same reaction I had to the drivel this woman published - and, yet it's been recommended to me by no fewer than seven people! Ack! Kathleen Grissom started with a great story idea - bring to life the tales of children sold into slavery or indentured servitude in 18th century Virginia whose country of origin was not Africa. In the hands of a more experience [...]

    • Barb says:

      My hat is off to Kathleen Grissom for creating such a wonderful and moving story. I recently read 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett which I also highly recommend. I think the two novels compliment each other very nicely. Lavinia, born in Ireland, is an indentured servant who comes to live at Tall Oaks tobacco plantation in southern Virginia in 1791. She is placed in the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter. Lavinia lives and works in the kitchen house along side the slaves on the plant [...]

    • Elyse says:

      While reading "The Kitchen House", I often thought, "this must be the years best SOAP OPERA HISTORICAL FICTION novel of the year". Do they give out such awards? lol Geeeeeee, you'd think the author could have had added a 'little' more drama to hold our interest?/! ha ha!ButYES, I liked this book! (most of the characters were well developed for the story). Maybe--the character of Marshall could have been developed a little more from his childhood to his adulthood ----(however, I got the point of [...]

    • Gary says:

      Not going to waste time on a long review on this oneMy review can be summed up in "one word."Ready for it? Waiting.waiting.drumroll.easeMy review for this book is."horrible"By the end of this book I sooooooo wanted to put a few drops of laudanum in my drink, to take away the pain of it all!Don't waste your time on this one poorly written predictable. I only stuck with it due to being a bookclub selection.

    • Daphne says:

      I received this book on the Giveaway. Thank you and Touchstone Fireside publishers. What a gift this book was. Not only did I LOVE the story, but I defy anyone to not care about these characters. From the beginning when you first meet seven year old Lavinia, an orphan first arriving in America from Ireland, all you want to do is hug her and find out where this story takes her. It is a story of the true meaning of family, sacrifice and loyalty. You will want to be a part of Mama Mae and Papa Ge [...]

    • Poonam says:

      This is my Book Of the Month- August 2016, with GR group- Nothing But Reading Challenges- Category: Anything Goes BOMThis book was a challenging read for me because I found it overall distressing and depressing. It was fine at the start but around 30% of the book you realize that everything that happens in the story is SAD. After that every-time I kept this book aside, I had to force myself to pick this up again. Another issue I had is the balant infidelity and casual take on sex. This is a pers [...]

    • Imani says:

      I was recommended this book by cuz I loved ,and . There was a discrepancy between those books and this one though. THOSE books had not necessarily happy endings but at least they had hopeful endings. This one was just plain TRAGIC. I love my historical fiction novels and I KNOW most of history was sad, especially in the U.S. during slavery times, but I mean really???? Was all this misery really needed?!!! I'm not asking for flowers and sunshine and a Disney ending, but at leastn't take away fro [...]

    • Erin says:

      Where do I begin on this review?I read the author's note and interview immediately following the end of the book. In it she says that the "voices" she hears tell her "their story" and she writes it. She also said, "I tried on a number of occasions to change some of the events (those that I found profoundly disturbing), but the story would stop when I did that, so I forged ahead to write what was revealed."There are not many professions where one can openly claim to do what "the voices" tell them [...]

    • DeAnna says:

      I adored this book. I didn't want to put it down and was excited every time I was able to pick it up. I got completely lost in the world of Lavinia. I fell in love with the characters. I can't wait to pick up the follow up book "Glory Over Everything". Highly recommend for those who are in the mood for historical fiction.

    • Tara says:

      The first 3/4th of the book was awesome. I loved the early story of Lavinia at the plantation and in Williamsburg. Later in the book the story has more downs than ups and can be somewhat depressing. Of course, I think the author does a great job with portraying the time period, although since Historical Fiction is not one of my favorite genres, I had a hard time with some of the character's choices (although I would think looking at the time period were realistic responses). Overall, it was a wo [...]

    • ♡ Kim ♡ says:

      Loved it!

    • Erin Clemence says:

      “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom is a powerful and gripping story of racism, interracial love and affairs, and slavery in the 18th century southern United States. Fans of “The Help” will devour this commanding and passionate novel.In the late 18th century, a young, white orphan named Lavinia is sent to live on a Virginia plantation, being raised among the help and catering to the rich, white owners. Lavinia quickly adapts to this life, caring for the drug-addled plantation owners [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      This book takes a familiar topic -- southern, slave-holding plantation in the pre-Civil War era -- and adds a few twists. The first element that makes this book different than others which describe the same era, is that one of the main characters here is an orphaned white child who becomes an indentured slave alongside the African-Americans at the plantation. The second unique element of this book is a feminist look at the lack of power and rights any women (slave or free) had to control her own [...]

    • Jen says:

      This was a spectacular read for me. There are few novels that I become so immersed in and this was one of them. The story is about a white slave girl who becomes part of the slave family in the late 1700's. It's about her growing up in the conflicting white black world and her confusion being pulled into both. It's about the relationships and loyalty that develop and the tragedies that arise during this time. I love Grissom's style of writing - story is told by both Lavinia the white slave and B [...]

    • Jana says:

      I felt the story fell flat. Undeniably, several parts played to my emotions, as the main characters (slaves of a plantation and subservient women) were raped, murdered, emotionally harmed. However beyond these emotional ups and downs, the story didn't conclude much. (Perhaps that is an unfair criticism - as the lives of slaves were undoubtedly unsatisfying.) Also, the dual narration writing style seemed to be an effort to give a voice to two sides of the story - white and black - but I don't fee [...]

    • Kermit says:

      I expected to love this bookrough 300+ pages I waited to love this book.I don't love this book. It is a hot mess.Every possible mishap occurs for our not-remotely-plucky and utterly clueless Irish lass of a heroine, just to keep the plot plodding along. Her complete and utter inability to read a room or learn one darn thing about the time in which she is growing up is an obnoxious device to make the most insane things happen. Somehow they were not insane enough, though, because I guessed every m [...]

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