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Book Title: Silver Nutmeg|
The author of the book: Norah Lofts
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Reader ratings: 5.7
Edition: Queens House
Date of issue: July 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780891902294
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 575 KB
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This book thinks it's a romance.
It is a romance in the sense that Gone With The Wind is a romance, except with less romance. Just one long love letter to colonialism and horrible white people.
It begins with a preface by the author talking about how exciting and romantic the history of colonialism in Indonesia is. It is written in 1947, and set in 1656 with rich white protagonists surrounded by slaves so you already know it's gonna be bad.
The protagonist is Annabet, an eighteen year old Dutch girl who long-distance-married Evert, a violent, volatile, slave-owning Dutch nutmeg plantation owner. He proceeds to be extremely horrible to her. Just relentlessly awful. Not even in a horrible romance novel way where he's a dick but then he stops being a dick because he falls in love. He cheerfully plots ways to humiliate her and crush her spirit as he waits for her arrival. I'm not reading into the text at all; that's his inner monologue. When she gets there, he tries to murder her for not being hot enough. He isolates her, yells at her, insults her, then eventually uses physical violence on her, and takes away everything she has including all her clothes and installs his mistress in her place. That's the state of their relationship at the end of the book, btw, it doesn't wrap up in a happily ever after. This is a pitch perfect description of an abusive relationship, and I don't know why people seem to interpret him as a love interest.
So, you're expecting the plot to be the other love interest falling in love with her and rescuing her from this garbage fire of a human being, right? Nope. Christy shows up literally once, a hundred pages into the book. He has a stab wound and Annabet halfheartedly takes care of him and gets a crush on him because he's the only hot man she's ever had unsupervised access to. She snuggles him a little while he's unconscious and when he wakes up he leaves, never to be seen again in the book. That bodice ripper cover kiss never happens. She just nurses a teenage crush on Christy, and by the end of the book decides she doesn't even care that much about him. Annabet just placidly fucks Evert and decides to resign herself to being a good wife to him even though she doesn't love him, and LITERALLY a couple pages after he murders a bunch of women and children by throwing them down a well thinks to herself that if she hadn't met the other leg of the love triangle she would probably be in love with Evert by now. She's the most passive, useless protagonist I've ever seen. She just lays around wearing expensive clothing, doing nothing and talking to nobody. Her one attempt to play mistress of the castle and help a woman who just gave birth ended in dismal failure, and she never tried doing anything useful ever again.
At the end of the book, Evert is dead after murdering a shit ton of brown people, and Annabet dies literally saving colonialism by murdering the Bandanese king who just staged a coup to reclaim his islands. Meanwhile, Christy continues living his life on some distant island somewhere, not knowing what a bullet he just dodged.
As far as I can tell, this seems to be a fantasy about being hot and rich and completely useless, and lording it over brown people. The most hilarious part of the book, in my opinion, is the end where Annabet is like "I have to save this island from this king! A native king will be way crueler to the locals than the East India Trading company and all the Dutch plantation owners here!" which uh .
So, I don't recommend this book. To anyone. For any reason.
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Read information about the authorAlso published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis
Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residents that lived in it.
Lofts was born in Shipdham, Norfolk in England. She also wrote under the pen names Peter Curtis and Juliet Astley. Norah Lofts chose to release her murder-mystery novels under the pen name Peter Curtis because she did not want the readers of her historic fiction to pick up a murder-mystery novel and expect classic Norah Lofts historical fiction. However, the murders still show characteristic Norah Lofts elements. Most of her historical novels fall into two general categories: biographical novels about queens, among them Anne Boleyn, Isabella of Castile, and Catherine of Aragon; and novels set in East Anglia centered around the fictitious town of Baildon (patterned largely on Bury St. Edmunds). Her creation of this fictitious area of England is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy's creation of "Wessex"; and her use of recurring characters such that the protagonist of one novel appears as a secondary character in others is even more reminiscent of William Faulkner's work set in "Yoknapatawpha County," Mississippi. Norah Lofts' work set in East Anglia in the 1930s and 1940s shows great concern with the very poor in society and their inability to change their conditions. Her approach suggests an interest in the social reformism that became a feature of British post-war society.
Several of her novels were turned into films. Jassy was filmed as Jassy (1947) starring Margaret Lockwood and Dennis Price. You're Best Alone was filmed as Guilt is My Shadow (1950). The Devil's Own (also known as The Little Wax Doll and Catch As Catch Can) was filmed as The Witches (1966). The film 7 Women was directed by John Ford and based on the story Chinese Finale by Norah Lofts.
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