The Moonflower

The Moonflower When Jerome Talbot s brilliant scientific career led him to Japan his wife Marcia knew it meant a long separation for them But she confidently awaited word to join him and when instead she receiv

  • Title: The Moonflower
  • Author: Phyllis A. Whitney
  • ISBN: 9780061001918
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When Jerome Talbot s brilliant scientific career led him to Japan, his wife, Marcia, knew it meant a long separation for them But she confidently awaited word to join him and when, instead, she received his letter asking for a divorce, the news came as an overwhelming blow In shock and dismay, she flew at once to her husband in Kyoto, hoping to wrest from him some reasonWhen Jerome Talbot s brilliant scientific career led him to Japan, his wife, Marcia, knew it meant a long separation for them But she confidently awaited word to join him and when, instead, she received his letter asking for a divorce, the news came as an overwhelming blow In shock and dismay, she flew at once to her husband in Kyoto, hoping to wrest from him some reason for his determination to end their marriage.When she arrived, she discovered Jerome living on terms of extraordinary intimacy with the Japanese family in the house next door He forbade Marcia to see them or talk to them, and yet she could not help but see that he was in some mysterious way at their command For the rest, she met a blank wall of indifference in him, broken occasionally by a bitter wish to humiliate her.Though fear and frustration invaded her heart, Marcia kept to her purpose If she couldn t win back Jerome s love she could, for the sake of their happy years together, try to help him with a problem which she did not understand, but which she felt threatened his sanity.

    One thought on “The Moonflower”

    1. Eh, all that build up for such a quick ending and no epilogue at that to round things out. The Japan setting post WWII was very well done though.

    2. What a strange little book. No surprises here. Lots of information on Japanese culture. Very light on mystery and romance.

    3. My second most favorite novel of her's and have re read it many times. Again I read this one in high school and that was 50 yrs ago!!

    4. 9/29/17: This post-WWII Gothic romance set in Japan and Hawaii is only $1.99!!!!YESSS!!!!So many bodice rippers and gothic novels on sale today!!!!It's retro romance xmas!

    5. This book contained many elements of the traditional gothic romance, accentuated by the setting and culture of Japan. The descriptions of the environs, people and traditions were wonderful, and would provide a satisfying read to a lover of the gothic and of Japanese culture.Emotionally, the story left me rather cold. The plot involves a woman who travels to Japan with her young daughter to reunite with her estranged husband. His terrible personality alienates her quickly, leading one to believe [...]

    6. Set in Japan after several years after World War II, this book is a romance and a mystery. Yet there is more to it, as the main character learns about post-war Japan through the other characters who experienced prison camps and the dropping of the atomic bomb.

    7. While some of the portrayals of Japanese culture and speech would be considered not-politically-correct today, the rest of the book was a decent read. I'm still not sure that I believe the dramatic personality change undertaken by Jerome, and I could have used an epilogue. Not sure there was enough to qualify it as a suspense or romance.

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