The Wine of Solitude, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Helene is a troubled young girl. Neglected by her self-absorbed mother and her adored but distant father, she longs for love and for freedom.

As first the Great War and then the Russian Revolution rage in the background, she grows from a lonely, melancholy child to an angry young woman intent on destruction.

The Wine of Solitude is a powerful tale of an unhappy family in difficult times and a woman prepared to wreak a shattering revenge.




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Said to be her most autobiographical novel, the reader first meets Helene when she is only seven. The daughter of a narcissistic and extremely self involved mother and a father she loves but is himself addicted to gambling. He loves his wife to the point of self delusion. We follow Helene as she ages, learns to hate her mother, the only love in her life is from her governess Madame Rose. This is a novel about the quest for revenge against the backdrop of the Great War and the Russian Revolution. A novel about the dysfunction in a family and how it effects it members. At last it is a novel about self realization and learning if not to forget at least to forgive. Love the title of this novel and loved the very atmospheric writing.

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