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Paint the Wind de Cathy Cash Spellman
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Paint the Wind (1989 original; edició 1990)

de Cathy Cash Spellman (Autor)

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Called The Gone With the Wind of the West, this is an epic saga of love, lust, courage and adventure set against the rough and tumble backdrop of the Old West. It's the story of an unforgettable woman named Fancy, and the three strong men who risk everything to possess her.To survive, feisty, tempestuous Fancy Deverell must learn what it takes for a woman to climb from poverty to fame and fortune in a universe that belongs to the ruthless and the male. Meet men and women as colorful and varied as the thousands who journeyed West fill these pages with life. The bodacious madam and the gunfighter who loves her... the cunning Chinese wise man who knows the cure for Opium addiction... the gypsy who has mastered the Forbidden Arts... and the dwarf whose small stature is trumped by his monumental courage.Ride the wild desert with Geronimo, battle the Rockies for the Motherlode of Silver, taste the lavish Art Scene of Paris at the turn of the 20th century, see the heights and depths the human spirit can reach as you go on a roller coaster ride with Fancy, a woman ahead of her time, who wants it all, and will get it too, if she doesn't let her heart and the three charismatic men who want to own her, get in the way. Against this huge, vividly rendered, multi-charactered canvas, three resolute men do battle for the woman called Fancy in a novel that for scope and grandeur rivals the classic epics of our time. "An unforgettable tale of love, ambition and adventure." The Literary Guild"A big, sprawling novel... one of those books you can dive into and lose yourself for hours.." The Desert Sun… (més)
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Títol:Paint the Wind
Autors:Cathy Cash Spellman (Autor)
Informació:Delacorte Press (1990), 713 pages
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Paint the Wind de Cathy Cash Spellman (1989)

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What fun and darn near unputdownable! Paint the Wind begins as ten year old Fancy Deverell's parents are murdered and their Louisiana plantation burned by marauding Yankee soldiers. Loyal slave Atticus saves Fancy from the destruction and with no other family left he takes Fancy along as they head west for a better life. After being on the road for a couple of years they meet up with a motley group of misfits in a circus run by Wes Jarvis and the spooky gypsy Magda. After several years on the road the circus disbands and Fancy and Atticus once again head west, but Atticus's health fails them in the Mosquito Mountains of Colorado and Fancy is left on her own as a deadly snow storm hits and she takes a tumble down a mountain side.....

Meanwhile the story switches to that of brothers Chance and Hart McAllister who leave their Kansas home behind at the death of their parents and head west to Colorado where they meet gunman Ford Jameson and miner Bandana McBain. Bandana takes the boys in as partners digging for silver in the mountains surrounding Oro City (soon to be Leadville when the silver boom hits), and on the way home to their mountain cabin Chance spots a bit of red cloth and a banjo sticking out of the snow and a near-frozen Fancy is rescued in the nick of time. Fancy spends the winter snowbound with the boys and stays the summer working the mine with them, as both brothers fall in love with the beauteous Fancy -- but she can only chose one -- will it be the reckless, gambling, womanizing live on the seat of your pants Chance or the steadfast and faithful Hart?

Desperate not to come between the brothers and longing to establish herself as an actress Fancy leaves the boys and after a wild auction to raise money for her grub stake she heads for New York City. Once there, she struggles to support herself and her daughter, and eventually accepts an offer she can't refuse from ruthless businessman Jason Madigan. Fancy's travels finally bring her back to Leadville and the McAllister brothers, now rich from their silver mine, but she can only marry one of the two brothers and a heart broken Jason begins his plot to bankrupt the man who took Fancy from him.

Well that's about all of the story I'm going to tell, there's a whole lot more to Fancy's tale in this 800 page paperback that kept me reading well into the wee hours. The story of Fancy and the McAllister brothers takes the reader through heartache, treachery, great wealth, financial disaster, and more until it finally culminates in a daring escape from a remote insane asylum in the Rocky Mountains along with a delightful sting to catch the baddies who done Fancy wrong worthy of Newman and Redford.

All in all a near perfect read and a jolly good yarn, my only quibbles are that I did find some of the secondary characters to be a bit stereotyped -- the Madam with the heart of Gold, Ford the gunslinger, Wu the Chinaman, the circus folks -- along with a few bits of language that didn't quite seem to fit the period. If you're willing to set those minor issues aside and want to sit back and lose yourself in the past with a big sprawling epic of soap opera proportions set in the old west, this is one book well worth looking in to. ( )
1 vota Misfit | May 10, 2009 |
Een roman over een jonge vrouw die ongetemd is als de prairie en veel mooier dan goed voor haar is. Zij is te trots voor tranen. Zij wil op eigen benen kunnen staan en haar artistieke talenten ontplooien. En zij moet kiezen tussen drie sterke mannen die haar wanhopig graag willen liefhebben.
In het jaar 1864, als de Amerikaanse Burgeroorlog ten einde loopt, ontsnapt Fancy Deverell op het nippertje aan de dood. Met het beeld van haar door bandieten vermoorde ouders voor altijd in haar geheugen gebrand, ontvlucht Fancy haar geboortegrond, de eens zo prachtige suikerrietplantage 'Beau Rivage' in het zuidelijke Louisiana. Samen met haar redder, de oude wijze slaaf Atticus, reist zij naar het westen.

Daar moet Fancy leren wat het betekent om in een ruwe mannenwereld te overleven. Momenten van hartstocht en triomf, maar ook bittere teleurstellingen vallen haar ten deel. Fancy kan haar dromen en ambities echter niet loslaten. Zij vecht voor haar toekomst met vlammende vermetelheid.

En dan zijn er nog die drie grote liefdes in haar leven. Zal een van hen Fancy voor altijd gelukkig kunnen maken?
  Juliette2701 | Mar 27, 2007 |
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Called The Gone With the Wind of the West, this is an epic saga of love, lust, courage and adventure set against the rough and tumble backdrop of the Old West. It's the story of an unforgettable woman named Fancy, and the three strong men who risk everything to possess her.To survive, feisty, tempestuous Fancy Deverell must learn what it takes for a woman to climb from poverty to fame and fortune in a universe that belongs to the ruthless and the male. Meet men and women as colorful and varied as the thousands who journeyed West fill these pages with life. The bodacious madam and the gunfighter who loves her... the cunning Chinese wise man who knows the cure for Opium addiction... the gypsy who has mastered the Forbidden Arts... and the dwarf whose small stature is trumped by his monumental courage.Ride the wild desert with Geronimo, battle the Rockies for the Motherlode of Silver, taste the lavish Art Scene of Paris at the turn of the 20th century, see the heights and depths the human spirit can reach as you go on a roller coaster ride with Fancy, a woman ahead of her time, who wants it all, and will get it too, if she doesn't let her heart and the three charismatic men who want to own her, get in the way. Against this huge, vividly rendered, multi-charactered canvas, three resolute men do battle for the woman called Fancy in a novel that for scope and grandeur rivals the classic epics of our time. "An unforgettable tale of love, ambition and adventure." The Literary Guild"A big, sprawling novel... one of those books you can dive into and lose yourself for hours.." The Desert Sun

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