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Boston blueblood Charlotte Vale has led an unhappy, sheltered life. Lonely, dowdy, repressed, and pushing 40, Charlotte finds salvation at a sanitarium, where she undergoes an emotional and physical transformation. After her extreme makeover, the new Charlotte tests her mettle by embarking on a cruise and finds herself in a torrid love affair with a married man which ends at the conclusion of the voyage. But only then can the real journey begin, as Charlotte is forced to navigate a new life for herself. While Now, Voyager is a tear-jerking romance, it is at the same time the empowering story of a woman who finds the strength to chart her own course in life; who discovers love, sex, and even motherhood outside of marriage; and who learns that men are, ultimately, dispensable in the quest for happiness and fulfillment.
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By Susie on 12-17-12
The Inspiration for The Movie Classic
Many cinema fans know that the 1940s were a box office heyday for Hollywood actresses. But many of us today don't realize that these great femme film vehicles were written by gifted women novelists, whose words brought these great characters to life.
"Now, Voyager" the movie, was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by Library of Congress and concludes with one of the most famous romance quotes of cinema, "Don't let's ask for the moon! We have the stars!"
The book gives a deeper, more nuanced look into the roles and psychological lives of women in 1930s America.
When she escapes the oppression of her abusive mother, ugly duckling Charlotte blossoms, and sets sail on a trip to South America where she falls in love with a married man. Can she have it all?
This is one of the best tales of falling in love, ever. Charlotte's experience of her first kiss, of being called "darling" for the first time, is the pinnacle of romantic storytelling. Sigh...
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By Joyce Eriksen on 11-05-17
Never out of time
This is one story that never ages. The manners, the honor, the styles have disappeared. The feelings, the relationships are brand new and remain that way. Its a truly great book.
Prouty wrote "chic books" and terrific ones. The five "vale" books are one of the best series ever. It would be a fine republishing venture to bring them out again.
Th reader is a bit too young sounding and a director should have caught mispronunciations that jar.