"THE VOLCANO LOVER is not just a thinking woman's (or man's) historical romance, but a sly, luminously insightful, provocative novel." The Nation.
Great book by famous author.
From Publishers Weekly
Focusing on the famous love triangle between British envoy Sir William Hamilton, his wife Emma and her lover Lord Nelson, Sontag's intellectual historical romance, a 10-week PW bestseller in cloth, paints an unconventional portrait of 18th-century society.
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From Library Journal
The astringently intellectual Sontag here turns to lush historical romance based on the real-life triangle of Sir William Hamilton, his wife Emma, and Lord Nelson. The English ambassador to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in the late 1700s, the Cavaliere is an exacting collector of antiquities and a frequent visitor to Mount Vesuvius. When his devoted wife Catherine dies, he becomes enamored of his nephew's beautiful if vulgar mistress. Emma gladly marries her benefactor but finds real love when heroic Lord Nelson visits Naples. The story starts slowly, and the Cavaliere's relation as collector to the collected Emma seems too obvious. But as Sontag warms to her subject, the novel becomes rich, expansive, and highly entertaining, right down to the slambang final chapters whose rapidly shifting voices suddenly provide new perspective. Hardly digressions, Sontag's many aesthetic speculations wonderfully enhance the plot. A fine novel of ideas, this is sure to please venturesome readers of historical romance as well. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/92.
-Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Very strange book, couldn't get far enough for it to catch my interest.
A panoramic, passionately feminist examination of the changing shape of Western civilization since the Age of Enlightenment. Sontag's book is a sweeping, exquistely detailed picture of Europe in the final decades of the eighteenth century.
This account of the lives of Sir William Hamilton, Lady Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson is dull and impersonal. Didn't even finish the book.
The book is about revolution, the fate of nature, the condition of women and operatice emotions.
Well, I guess Sontag was the bees knees in her days, and I know hordes loved her. I hated this book and was unable to finish it.