Castle Dor Author:Arthur Quiller-Couch, Daphne du Maurier Both a spellbinding love story and a superb evocation of Cornwall's mythic past, Castle Dor is a book with unique and fascinating origins. It began life as the unfinished last novel of Sir Arthur Quiller- Couch, the celebrated 'Q', and was passed by his daughter to Daphne du Maurier whose storytelling skills were perfectly suited to ... more »the task of completing the old master's tale. The result is this magical, compelling recreation of the legend of Tristan and Iseult, transplanted in time to the Cornwall of the last century. A chance encounter between the Breton onion-seller, Amyot Trestane, and the newly-wed Linnet Lewarne launches their tragic story, taking them in the fateful footsteps of the doomed lovers of Cornish legend ...« less
The story of Tristan and Isolde transplanted to 19th Century Cornwall. The characters are engaging and fresh at the beginning, but the book loses steam toward the middle because the protagonists are straight-jacketed by the Tristan and Isolde story. The action is imposed by the necessity of following the plot of the legend; it doesn't arise organically from the characters' personalities and situation. Everybody seems to move zombie-like their doom. Also, all the major characters are reincarnations of people in the myth and I got the sense that fate had recycled them one too many times.
Q (as the author refers to him) once complete the Robert Louis Stevenson story St. Ives. Du Maurier, who new him from childhood, has completed Castle Dor. So what is it about? It seems that Q was always fascinated by the Tristsan legend. This, then, is the tale of Tristan and Isolte set in the same countryside of Wales but brought into the 19th century. Youll be delighted with this mixture of history and myth; provided, of course, you are familiar with the legend.