… for it is the fate of a woman Long to be patient and silent, to wait like a ghost that is speechless, Till some questioning voice dissolves the spell of its silence. “The Courtship of Miles Standish” By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy–jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel. Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.
It was a bright Wednesday afternoon when the newspapers had the weekly films; I have seen a poster of a great film that captured my mind. The Fellowship of the Ring accessed my life by 2003; I remember being just merely thirteen.
Continuing toward my weekly quest of collecting films and actors pictures fashioned by my teenage hands into my scrapbook. O! I admire how the years passed! It was not till 2004 when I finally introduced to the motion-pictures that were viewed over a cable channel.
A year passed unto execution the determination of obtaining the novels, and I did. Also, more years till I started reading the novels throughout Keen on Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel in three volumes: TheFellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. The plot revolves around the quest to destroy the evil One Ring, forged by Sauron, the Lord of the Rings. Tolkien originally conceived The Lord of the Rings as one long story told in six books, but he instead divided it into three parts due to publishing demands. (The Lord of the Rings Study Guide – Course Hero)