by Jude Morgan
They were the Romantic generation, famous and infamous, and in their short, extraordinary lives, they left a legacy of glamorous and often shocking legend.
In PASSION the interwoven lives and vivid personalities of Byron, Shelley and Keats are explored through the eyes of the women who knew and loved them - scandalously, intensely and sometimes tragically.
From the salons of the Whig nobles and the penury and vitality of Grub Street, to the beauty and corruption of Venice and the carrion field of Waterloo, PASSION presents the Romantic generation in a new and dramatic light - actors in a stormy history that unleashed the energies of the modern world.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 672 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 02/05/2005
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780755304035
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Review by cathepsut
An account of the women sharing their lives with Lord Byron, Shelley and Keats. A very good description of the middle/upper class of that time with emphasis on the women, their social surroundings, morals and ethics of that time, some politics. You get a look at the literary and social scene, the Prince Regent, Beau Brummel, Napoleon, Waterloo and so on and so forth. Although its central theme is romantic relationships, I would not class this as a romantic novel, but rather a historic one. I agree with previous reviews, that there is not a strong narrative thread. Which is probably the reason, why I started loosing interest about half way through. So, I enjoyed the first 300 pages very much, but thought that the book got a bit scattered after that. I did not like the chapters that were told by Caro Lamb - mostly because I did not like her talking directly at me. I did not think that worked very well.And again I agree with earlier reveiws regarding Keats and Fanny Brawne. Their storyline felt like an afterthought and the book could have done without it.I expected their stay at lake Geneva - where Frankenstein was "born" - to be the pivotal point of the book and was a bit dissapointed, how briefly it appeared.It is a good story though and was worth reading.
Review by bolero
Historical fiction of Byron, Keats and Shelley