The Lost Prince

The Lost Prince

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling novel The Little Book, comes a novel about a love that is capable of bridging unfathomable distances.

Recently returned from the experience of a lifetime in fin de siècle Vienna, where she met and tragically lost the first great love of her life, Eleanor Burden has no choice but to settle into her expected place in society, marry the man she is supposed to marry, and wait for life to come to her. As the twentieth century approaches, hers is a story not unlike that of the other young women she grew up with in 1890s Boston--a privileged upbringing punctuated by a period of youthful adventure and followed by the inevitable acknowledgment of real life--except for one small difference: Eleanor possesses an unshakable belief that she has advance knowledge of every major historical event to come during her lifetime.

But soon the script of events she has written in her mind--a script described by no less than Sigmund Freud as the invented delusions of a hysteric--begins to unravel. Eleanor Burden, at once fragile and powerful, must find the courage of her deepest convictions, discover the difference between predetermination and free will, secure her belief in her own sanity, and decide whether she will allow history to unfold come what may--or use her extraordinary gifts to bend history to her will and deliver for her the life she knows she is meant to have.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2012
ISBN: 9780525952947
Branch Call Number: EDWAR
Characteristics: 436 p


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May 15, 2016

Although I did not read this author's first book entitled The Little Book, I have to say that his second publication, The Lost Prince, is not a success. The book is very poorly written, filled with run-on sentences and badly constructed sentences. Some books, which are the result of an author's imagination, often have plots which are not based on reality. However, a good author manages to make the story line plausible even though it delves into the realm of fantasy. Eleanor, the main character, is a strong individual but what happens to her is difficult to believe : a close friendship with Freud and Carl Yung seem highly improbable. Her secret life in which makes millions while keeping the whole thing from her husband, is even more difficult to comprehend! I cannot recommend this book.

eya Jun 08, 2013

One of the best books i have read. I loved the previous book The Little Book but this was even better. It is a very satisfying read which combines history, and a good story line. I especially loved the author's description of how war affects human psyche!!!

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