I could not put Diane of the Green Van down.
It is the most bizarre novel I have ever read.
Leona Dalrymple must have pulled a paragraph out of every novel in a very large library to come up with the story.
I even cannot begin to summarize the plot. Let me just say the romance involves:
- secret messages hidden in candlesticks,
- murder attempts by night,
- a mechanical music contraption,
- a hay wagon,
- a masked ball,
- two run-away European princes,
- an American flyer,
- an alcoholic drug-user who invents an electrified chess set to torture people,
- a Connecticut lass who may possibly be the legitimate (or illegitimate daughter) of a prince, or an artist, or the man she called her father,
- an Indian lass who may possibly be the legitimate (or illegitimate) daughter of a Indian, or an artist, or a European prince,
- a doctor who does psychotherapy and holistic healing among the Seminole Indians in the Florida Everglades, and
- an overweight aunt of the Connecticut lass and the alcoholic drug user who holds the secret to all the mysteries but is constitutionally incapable of uttering a coherent sentence.
There are also two dogs and lots of roasted potatoes.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.Diane of the Green Van by Leona Dalrymple Illustrations by Reginald Birch Project Gutenberg ebook #16101 1914 bestseller # 8 My grade: C-
© 2014 Linda Gorton Aragoni