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The Palace of Tears

by Alev Lytle Croutier

Dell Publishing | November 7, 2000 | Hardcover

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The Palace of Tears

On a balmy autumn afternoon in Paris, in the year 1868, young winemaker Casimir de Chateauneuf wanders through the hollow arcades of the Palais Royal. Browsing in a small shop filled with curiosities from the Orient, he spies a cache of fine miniature portraits. Above all others, an ivory-skinned beauty captivates him. Her eyes--one blue, the other yellow. That night they pursue Casimir in his dreams, as one burning question consumes him: Who is she?

Thus begins Casimir''s dizzying quest for the object of his obsession. Forsaking his family, his vocation, his country, Casimir sails from Marseilles to North Africa, plunging into a strange new world with blind faith in destiny. His journey leads him to Istanbul, "city of the world''s desire." There, in a deserted palace of the former sultan, is hidden the woman of his reveries, the woman with one blue eye, the other yellow. To touch her is forbidden. But in this city of passion, in a Palace of Tears, Casimir is about to discover what it will mean to make a dream real...and what awaits him when his lover is set free.

Filled with breathtaking visions -- from the lavish courts of the Second Empire in France to a boat ride along the Bosphorus, from a sultan''s hushed harem to two lovers locked in a long night of passion -- The Palace of Tears is an epic adventure of the heart, as enthralling as a romantic opera, as tantalizing as The Arabian Nights, a lush and hypnotic meditation on the forces of history, fate, and love.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages

Published: November 7, 2000

Publisher: Dell Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385334885

ISBN - 13: 9780385334884

Found in: Historical

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The Palace of Tears

by Alev Lytle Croutier

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages

Published: November 7, 2000

Publisher: Dell Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385334885

ISBN - 13: 9780385334884

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His family wanted him to live in the country and cultivate grapes as the rest of them had for twenty generations, but Casimir de Chateauneuf had finer needs. Casimir was a dreamer. He wanted to find his destiny before his destiny could find him. The year was 1868. Europe was in a frenzy, seeking its spiritual opposite in the recesses of the Maghreb and the Levant. An obsession for Orientalism permeated everything, from pulp fiction and fashion to the grand canvases of Delacroix. But what intrigued everyone the most was that, after years of toil, the waters of the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean were about to merge in the Suez, a symbolic union of the East and the West, a union promising faster trade and immense fecundity. Casimir de Chateauneuf was thirty-five. He had already succeeded in turning grapes into gold. Casimir''s childhood was monotonously vast vineyards. His adolescence, dark cellars. The estate was called Grange du Souvenir. The town was called Chateauneuf-du-Pape. His wife was called Esparance. And his children were named Andre, Antoine, and Alphonse. Casimir knew every street, every house, every person in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. He had pursued all the vices that prevailed in the provinces. "I''m bored -- bored to death. Bored as never before," he confided to a friend. He set off for Paris to market the wine and to explore the city''s unique perversions. His great talent for assimilation and his country gentleman''s social ease quickly gained him entr
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The Palace of Tears

On a balmy autumn afternoon in Paris, in the year 1868, young winemaker Casimir de Chateauneuf wanders through the hollow arcades of the Palais Royal. Browsing in a small shop filled with curiosities from the Orient, he spies a cache of fine miniature portraits. Above all others, an ivory-skinned beauty captivates him. Her eyes--one blue, the other yellow. That night they pursue Casimir in his dreams, as one burning question consumes him: Who is she?

Thus begins Casimir''s dizzying quest for the object of his obsession. Forsaking his family, his vocation, his country, Casimir sails from Marseilles to North Africa, plunging into a strange new world with blind faith in destiny. His journey leads him to Istanbul, "city of the world''s desire." There, in a deserted palace of the former sultan, is hidden the woman of his reveries, the woman with one blue eye, the other yellow. To touch her is forbidden. But in this city of passion, in a Palace of Tears, Casimir is about to discover what it will mean to make a dream real...and what awaits him when his lover is set free.

Filled with breathtaking visions -- from the lavish courts of the Second Empire in France to a boat ride along the Bosphorus, from a sultan''s hushed harem to two lovers locked in a long night of passion -- The Palace of Tears is an epic adventure of the heart, as enthralling as a romantic opera, as tantalizing as The Arabian Nights, a lush and hypnotic meditation on the forces of history, fate, and love.

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The Palace of Tears
On a balmy autumn afternoon in Paris, in the year 1868, young winemaker Casimir de Chateauneuf wanders through the hollow arcades of the Palais Royal. Browsing in a small shop filled with curiosities from the Orient, he spies a cache of fine miniature portraits. Above all others, an ivory-skinned beauty captivates him. Her eyes--one blue, the other yellow. That night they pursue Casimir in his dreams, as one burning question consumes him: Who is she?
Thus begins Casimir''s dizzying quest for the object of his obsession. Forsaking his family, his vocation, his country, Casimir sails from Marseilles to North Africa, plunging into a strange new world with blind faith in destiny. His journey leads him to Istanbul, "city of the world''s desire." There, in a deserted palace of the former sultan, is hidden the woman of his reveries, the woman with one blue eye, the other yellow. To touch her is forbidden. But in this city of passion, in a Palace of Tears, Casimir is about to discover what it will mean to make a dream real...and what awaits him when his lover is set free.
Filled with breathtaking visions -- from the lavish courts of the Second Empire in France to a boat ride along the Bosphorus, from a sultan''s hushed harem to two lovers locked in a long night of passion -- The Palace of Tears is an epic adventure of the heart, as enthralling as a romantic opera, as tantalizing as The Arabian Nights, a lush and hypnotic meditation on the forces of history, fate, and love.

About the Author

Alev Croutier was born in Turkey. She has written and directed award-winning independent films and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (the first ever for a screenplay) for her work on Tell Me a Riddle. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller Harem: The World Behind the Veil. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris

Editorial Reviews

Croutier''s dreamy tale explores the issue of destiny and kicks the traditional romance novel up a notch with its smart epigraphs and clever (if ultimately intrusive) historical asides. readers Laura Esquivel and Isabel Allende will likely find Croutier''s novel a pleasant distraction. The book''s small size and odalisque cover should prove a draw, Advance praise for Alev Lytle Croutier''s "Alev Croutier''s grown-up fairy tale, with its strangely mesmerizing events, operates in a wonderful space between story and history and lures the reader into that place directly." -- Diane Johnson, author of Le Mariage "This is an enchanting tale of love: a man dreams of a woman, while she dreams of a man who is dreaming of her. It reminds me of Silk by Alessandro Baricco, and One Thousand and One Nights, but Alev Croutier has a voice of her own, soft and poetic, like music in a Turkish garden." -- Isabel Allende, author of Daughter of Fortune "Of all the adventures Scheherazade could narrate, only one was forbidden: a maddening erotic passion between an Eastern woman and a Western man. And that is precisely what Alev Croutier achieves. In The Palace of Tears , we get entangled in the lovers'' impossible situation as one could expect. But all this is done with the talent of a sophisticated storyteller, who used cinematic imagery to excite our sensuality, making us smell the flowers, taste the wines, or simply gaze at the colorful miniature or overwhelming sunsets." -- Fatima Mernissi, aut
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