Saturday, July 10, 2010

"Green Darkness" by Anya Seton

Title: Green Darkness
Author: Anya Seton
Published: Hodder Paperback, 2007 (originally 1972)
Where I Got It: The library
Why I Read It: I swear to you, it was a random choice. A lucky, random choice!

Something that I have always been interested in, even though I don't believe in it, is reincarnation. The fact that there is an opportunity to live another life, so different yet similar to the others, is just fascinating! So, Green Darkness had two of my favorite reading subjects: the Tudors and reincarnation. Imagine how happy I was to find this book!

In Book 1, we begin our journey in 1968, with Celia, an American now unhappily wed to an English man. Soon she starts getting strange visions and acting odd and deranged. Celia babbles about King Edward and dancing, then is frozen in an awkward and painful looking position. Fearing for her life and sanity, she is hospitalized. An Indian friend and doctor fears that she is subconsciously reliving one of her past lives, 400 years ago, a life that needed closure.

We get a glimpse into this life in Book 2, in the years 1552-1559. We follow a young poor, orphaned girl named Celia living her life under the reign of Henry VIII's children: Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth. We follow her these seven years through abandonment, love, marriage, and ultimately, a gruesome end. What I find the most interesting and engaging is the fact that Celia's family/friends/neighbors/enemies in 1968 play basically the same role in her life in the 16th century.

We are swept back to the 20th century for, in my opinion, a less than satisfactory, but sweet, ending. I found that by the time I had reached Book 3 (Conclusion, 1968), I had forgotten all of those characters, so I recommend that after finishing the book, you read Part 1 again. You can make connections and realizations that were missed the first time.

I think Ms. Seton did a wonderful job at creating a truly originally and well-thought out book. The way pieces tie together throughout both of Celia's lives is so creative. It was a rather hefty book, but well worth it!

4.5 stars.


  1. That sounds really interesting. I may have to add that to my TBR shelf...

  2. I think you'd like it, it's got plenty of romance as well :)

  3. If you loved GREEN DARKNESS as much as we did, can you imagine the movie? We've just secured the movie rights and are starting to write the script. We're open to a discussion. Post your thoughts at:
    Can we get it right?



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