Dying of the light a novel
The Dying of the Light by Robert GoolrickFrom the author of the bestselling A Reliable Wife comes a dramatic, passionate tale of a glamorous Southern debutante who marries for money and ultimately suffers for love—a southern gothic as written by Dominick Dunne.
It begins with a house and ends in ashes . . .
Diana Cooke was born with the century and came of age just after World War I. The daughter of Virginia gentry, she knew early that her parents had only one asset, besides her famous beauty: their stately house, Saratoga, the largest in the commonwealth, which has hosted the creme of society and Hollywood royalty. Though they are land-rich, the Cookes do not have the means to sustain the estate. Without a wealthy husband, Diana will lose the mansion that has been the heart and soul of her family for five generations.
The mysterious Captain Copperton is an outsider with no bloodline but plenty of cash. Seeing the ravishing nineteen-year-old Diana for the first time, he’s determined to have her. Diana knows that marrying him would make the Cookes solvent and ensure that Saratoga will always be theirs. Yet Copperton is cruel as well as vulgar; while she admires his money, she cannot abide him. Carrying the weight of Saratoga and generations of Cookes on her shoulders, she ultimately succumbs to duty, sacrificing everything, including love.
Luckily for Diana, fate intervenes. Her union with Copperton is brief and gives her a son she adores. But when her handsome, charming Ashton, now grown, returns to Saratoga with his college roommate, the real scandal and tragedy begins.
Reveling in the secrets, mores, and society of twentieth-century genteel Southern life, The Dying of the Light is a romance, a melodrama, and a cautionary tale told with the grandeur and sweep of an epic Hollywood classic.
Dying of the Light: A Novel Audiobook by Robert Goolrick
Book Review: ‘The Dying Of The Light’ Is A Great Southern Novel
Saratoga was once the greatest house in Virginia. The house has been in the family for generations. It now falls to young Diana in , who is now starting the ball season, to find a rich man she can marry and revive the family heritage of Saratoga. At the first ball Diana meets a charming, rich man named Captain Copperton. And after Diana has a baby boy named Ashton, it gets worse.
Worlorn was a rogue planet, a dead rock floating through space, and of no particular interest to anyone until it was realized that it would pass a star system as it left the galaxy. The outer worlds, joining together, terraformed Worlorn into a festival planet, each of the fourteen worlds building a city to showcase its culture. For a good ten years it was the pride of the out-worlds. But now the window of habitability is closing, and the businesses have left. Shrouded in twilight, the vast cities are now inhabited only by stragglers, the computers dutifully keeping it all maintained as Worlorn awaits the final dying of the light. Dirk t'Larien travels to Worlorn, and to his old flame Gwen Delvano.
This setting gives the whole book an eerie and oppressive atmosphere that ties in well with the mostly tragic tale. This is where I became torn over this book. On one hand, the rigid code of friendship and honour of the Kavalars is intriguing and well-explained, though with somewhat overly-long historical discourses to fill us in on their societal development. Gwen Delvano is equally inept at explaining what, if anything, she wants from him, leading to lots of blank expressions and a lack of communication that I quickly found to be irritating. The disagreements, duels, pursuit and subsequent visit to empty cities and dangerous wilderness are well-written and engaging, but I had a constant nagging feeling that it was all rather unnecessary and they had brought the problems on themselves while also dragging lots of innocent people into their troubles. The brief mentions of the other cultures and peoples involved in the construction of the festival cities are imaginative and varied and the Kavalar culture continued to be mesmerising in its intensity. I was surprised to find it had been nominated for a Hugo.
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