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The Legacy What has happened to Ingrid Beautiful Ingrid inherits a fortune She leaves her friends Julia and Ralph, who loves her, to marry the cold and intellectual Gil Grey and start a life amid the New York art scene Atam on September she has a downtown appointment with her financial advisor And is never seen again A year later Ralph, heartbroken and sick, sends Julia to New York to piece together Ingrid s life away from them Nothing will prepare Julia for what she ultimately discovers ❰Ebook❯ ➧ The Soldiers Wife Author Margaret Leroy – 9facts.co.uk who loves her ➾ [Download] ➻ Terms of Surrender (Alpha Squad By Kylie Brant ➷ – 9facts.co.uk to marry the cold and intellectual Gil Grey and start a life amid the New York art scene Atam on September she has a downtown appointment with her financial advisor And is never seen again A year later Ralph ➹ [Download] ➵ The Surgeons Engagement Wish By Alison Roberts ➼ – 9facts.co.uk heartbroken and sick [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Secret Seduction (The Brides of Holly Springs ⚣ Cathy Gillen Thacker – 9facts.co.uk sends Julia to New York to piece together Ingrid s life away from them Nothing will prepare Julia for what she ultimately discovers


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  1. Blair Blair says:

    Pandemic rereads 7The narrator of The Legacy, Julia, lives a comfortable, ordinary middle class life until she forms a friendship with wealthy Ralph and his beautiful half cousin Ingrid She s swept into their decadent world and falls in love with Ralph, who in turn is in love with Ingrid despite being distantly related to her and despite the fact that he generally prefers men Still, the trio manage to maintain a near idyllic friendship until Ingrid meets and quickly marries a much older A Pandemic rereads 7The narrator of The Legacy, Julia, lives a comfortable, ordinary middle class life until she forms a friendship with wealthy Ralph and his beautiful half cousin Ingrid She s swept into their decadent world and falls in love with Ralph, who in turn is in love with Ingrid despite being distantly related to her and despite the fact that he generally prefers men Still, the trio manage to maintain a near idyllic friendship until Ingrid meets and quickly marries a much older American art collector, Gil Grey, and moves to New York A few years later, Ingrid vanishes on 11 September 2001 and is naturally assumed to be one of the many victims of the terrorist attacks Ralph believes there isto the story, and dispatches Julia to investigate I know this sounds like I m spoiling the entire plot, but because the narrative flips back and forth, I m not giving anything away that isn t mentioned in the early chapters The Legacy is loosely based on The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James That much is discernible from a quick scan of the plot and the characters names But it reminds me of several other books too The incredibly effective nostalgia of the first part of the story, in which Julia, Ralph and Ingrid s friendship is established and the three of them float around the University of Sydney campus, belongs to the elite collegiate atmosphere of The Secret History The depiction of the New York art scene recalls What I Loved Tranter s writing has the same clear, evocative tone as both Tartt s and Hustvedt s prose Louche, ailing, borderline alcoholic Ralph is straight out of Brideshead Revisited meanwhile Julia, the perpetual onlooker, is the Nick Carraway to Ingrid s Gatsby.I definitely enjoyed The Legacy eventhis time than I did at first Everything about it is so marvellously assured and polished The prose flows like cool, fresh water Julia s voice is just perfect calm, intelligent, yet persistently insecure it encapsulates everything you need to know about who she is It s no secret that I prefer first person narrators, but Julia really is a triumph of the form I love the passage below it captures nostalgia so well both the general feeling and its specific application within this book, since the reader, through Julia s memories, experiences the power of time spent with Ralph and Ingrid too.The time with Ralph and then with Ingrid seems so short when I look back on it now the time when things were good, just beginning, the dynamic I seemed to spend for ever trying to recapture and recreate afterwards Those months were so full of what felt like then, and looks like now, an almost perfect kind of intimacy and intensity that makes that time extend outward artificially in the track of memory Technicolor, oversaturated with detail, compared with the dimmer pasts that surround it.And in these lines, Julia is talking about the work Ingrid was doing before 9 11 researching ancient Roman curse tablets but one senses she could be describing her story, her search, the always incomplete picture of Ingrid s fate It was clear that the whole discipline of recovery was a complex tragedy of loss, a salvage operation whose finds, however stunning they might be, were random, piecemeal, tiny small bits of a larger, unrecoverable picture What survived What died What made it What didn t Who lived Who died unknown Who left behind two lines quoted by someone quoted by someone A game of whispers.Tranter is a writer I have long admired Her work is so underrated this her debut especially, but her ghostly novella Hold is also excellent The Legacy is a little like a patchwork of loads of other novels I adore Yet it isn t at all derivative It was a pleasure to rediscover it everything I originally loved seemed even better and brighter, and there were whole fantastic subplots I d entirely forgotten Probably my favourite, and certainly my most rewarding, 2020 reread so far.TinyLetter


  2. Astrid Astrid says:

    May contain spoilers May ramble This is a difficult book to review And I m going to start by saying that I think the reason I initially gave The Legacy four stars instead of five isto do with the main character, Julia, than the writing I love the writing and the structure, and the setting the setting and the ending the ending.Julia isn t so much a character as a human Which is what we want in writing, right And by the end of the book I really loved her But most of the time I May contain spoilers May ramble This is a difficult book to review And I m going to start by saying that I think the reason I initially gave The Legacy four stars instead of five isto do with the main character, Julia, than the writing I love the writing and the structure, and the setting the setting and the ending the ending.Julia isn t so much a character as a human Which is what we want in writing, right And by the end of the book I really loved her But most of the time I was thinking, mostly during the first half, Bloody hell Julia I also wanted her to formof a bond with Ingrid, who was painted as a lovely woman, albeit flawed just like the rest of the characters I just wanted the girls to ditch Ralph and have their own friendship But I guess that wasn t really the point or the theme of The Legacy.I was glad when Julia let go of most of her baggage by the end of the book I actually cheered aloud at the last scene, it was such a great ending and satisfying for the plot and for Julia s character development The writing style is unobtrusive to the story, which I love in a book And it paints pictures of Sydney and New York that made me recognise both places it made me happy to live in Sydney, but also want to revisit New York especially for the bagels, oh the bagels.Structurally, it starts of circular in the first half, then continues on chronologically Nothing fancy, and the story and characters are so complex that fancy structure wasn t needed Fancy structure is rarely needed


  3. Deborah Biancotti Deborah Biancotti says:

    I wasn t sure what I thought of this book, and then I read Peter Craven s review in The Monthly where he calls it a crypto mystery novel rather haphazardly linked to an allusive literary novel and I admit now I know what I thought of this book Initially I was kinda confused because I d gone into the book thinking it was a mystery a conclusion I d built from the back cover blurb the apparent subtitle on the front What has happened to Ingrid But it s not a mystery Instead I was take I wasn t sure what I thought of this book, and then I read Peter Craven s review in The Monthly where he calls it a crypto mystery novel rather haphazardly linked to an allusive literary novel and I admit now I know what I thought of this book Initially I was kinda confused because I d gone into the book thinking it was a mystery a conclusion I d built from the back cover blurb the apparent subtitle on the front What has happened to Ingrid But it s not a mystery Instead I was taken by surprise by how sombre it is and by the whole Henry James soberness I actually wanted to write that as sombriety though I do applaud Tranter for fixing the depressing ending of PORTRAIT OF A LADY thank you Occasionally it reminded me of Donna Tartt s marvellous THE SECRET HISTORY in its undergrad postgrad setting mood But of course at other times it manages to be entirely its own book, apersonal book than its two most obvious peers A quick pr cis after a short, sharp prologue from Ingrid s point of view, the novel becomes the story of thepurposeless Julia as she obsesses over Ralph Ingrid, to some extent while Ralph obsesses over Ingrid who goes missing during the 9 11 attacks which prompts Ralph a year later to buy Julia a ticket to New York so she can wander through the apparent end of Ingrid s life So that even when Julia does discover a purpose to answer the question on the front cover , it s really not her purpose, it s Ralph s Which is very Henry James of her, of course I enjoyed some of the writing in THE LEGACY, but ultimately I wasn t satisfied by the book as a whole I do admire books that can sustain a mood, though, and throughout this book there is a delicate sense of Jamesian portent but it s often accompanied by an attention to detail so thorough that, say, the act of choosing a cranberry juice on page 225 takes 3 lines Wait, our protagonist tells her companion, and for an instant you think she s found Ingrid, that there s about to be some revelation or terrible happening, some light or dark to what happens next But then she crosses to the fridge and takes out a cranberry juice And three lines later you re left wondering, did she pay for that The feel of a mandarin in her hand, the spot of blood on a tie, the pile of papers someone carries they all feel kinda over observed and drawn out Worn out, in fact, by the very insistent application of drama The detail _should_ be dramatic, you think, but in the midst of the vast extent of the book s supposed drama, it fails to stand out As if the drama isn t occurring naturally in the story As if it is only observed Not felt And perhaps that s why I found the book heavy going there s detail, yes, but there s not a lot of meaning to the detail Which is a kind of post modern contrast to James, really, when I think about it.Looking back, I wonder if the book would have worked better for me if it had broken away from Henry James much sooner, shrugged off some of its maudlin earnestness and instead added some other dimension A counterpoint to the rather insipid Julia, say Someone willing to stand up to our unhappy protagonist and say, Oh, Julia, you miserable sod, get over yourself Some light for the darkness Some humour or even a critical perceptiveness to alleviate the moroseness It s almost as though the protagonist sucks everyone into her orbit of unjustifiable despair Even a teenage party, even a sexual encounter feel kind of ponderous and weighty And when Julia comments on someone s smile as having a transformative effect , I noticed that the smile came at the end of their meeting, not the beginning As if that person was glad to see the back of Julia as I would be, by the end I had a sense, watching Julia meander through Sydney and New York that she brought the darkness with her that it isn t so much that her dread is a portent of bad things to come but a cause Okay, so I didn t like Julia And I didn t like Ingrid, despite my sharp surge of compassion during the prologue Alas, after the blunt and shocking prologue, she drops away to become littlethan the object of obsession And stories of obsessive love or friendship strictly imho are often hampered by their own objectification If you describe the object, you run the risk of your readers reacting with I don t get the big deal about Ingrid, she seems a bit of a princess I bet that motivated the prologue If you don t describe them, you end up with a book that is self absorbed, an internal examination of the sense of obsessiveness, a reflective self consciousness And THE LEGACY does sometimes feel like a very personal transcript by a character who s really rather mopey That said, I ll continue to read Kirsten Tranter s novels because I have a sense that with the perceptiveness and patience to be found in this debut novel, Tranter s work will keep getting better better.This review forms part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012 aww2012


  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    The Legacy, by Kirsten Tranter, was longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin It s an accomplished debut novel in many ways, but it failed to engage me in a sustained way I read about 50 pages of it, put it aside, and forgot about it until I realised it would soon be due back at the library And then I had to start again because I couldn t remember what it was about Like Henry James A Portrait of a Lady, the novel from which the plot is derived, it sof a meditation than a page turner, wha The Legacy, by Kirsten Tranter, was longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin It s an accomplished debut novel in many ways, but it failed to engage me in a sustained way I read about 50 pages of it, put it aside, and forgot about it until I realised it would soon be due back at the library And then I had to start again because I couldn t remember what it was about Like Henry James A Portrait of a Lady, the novel from which the plot is derived, it sof a meditation than a page turner, whatever the publisher s blurb might imply There is a mystery, but the novel takes its own good time to reveal even that Ingrid s disappearance is enigmatic Tranter takes a long time to set its scenes, playing out sparse clues with dialogue and the narrator s introspection There s a lot about interior settings, the timbre of voices, the clothes people wear, their posture and stance, and their fatuous activities.To see the rest of my review please visit


  5. Karen Karen says:

    I liked this book despite its flaws I liked the main character and I liked the story I was very curious about the ending and was mostly satisfied with it I agree with others who wrote about feeling frustrated why did Julia take months to ask questions that were so obvious to the reader It seemed to be a plot device to add suspense, but just ended up being frustrating to read Some of the writing was beautiful, but it often felt the author was trying too hard to be intense and deep The desc I liked this book despite its flaws I liked the main character and I liked the story I was very curious about the ending and was mostly satisfied with it I agree with others who wrote about feeling frustrated why did Julia take months to ask questions that were so obvious to the reader It seemed to be a plot device to add suspense, but just ended up being frustrating to read Some of the writing was beautiful, but it often felt the author was trying too hard to be intense and deep The descriptive language just got annoying after a while But as a whole, the book was enjoyable and I liked the dual settings of Sydney and New York post 9 11


  6. Steve lovell Steve lovell says:

    You remember where you were when you heard of them events so momentous you just know the world would never be the same again For the Kennedy assassination I was asleep, woken by a teary mother with the sad news For the death of Elvis, on my birthday I might add, I was enjoying a celebratory sudsy bath, but that soon changed when the radio told me of his untimely passing With Whitlam s dismissal, I had just come off class for the morning break when a teaching colleague, heading out to playgr You remember where you were when you heard of them events so momentous you just know the world would never be the same again For the Kennedy assassination I was asleep, woken by a teary mother with the sad news For the death of Elvis, on my birthday I might add, I was enjoying a celebratory sudsy bath, but that soon changed when the radio told me of his untimely passing With Whitlam s dismissal, I had just come off class for the morning break when a teaching colleague, heading out to playground duty, imparted the news on passing For this one, though, I was away from home, helping out on a school trip to the big island across the water Someone had turned the tele on that morning in the staff quarters just as we were about to go out and wake up the students in their cabins at the Canberra camp site That was delayed as we took in the events and the repeated shocking images of the towers collapsing As we eventually did the rounds, waking up the troops, we imparted the tragic tidings to our charges I remember on the bus heading south to our next destination, Echuca, the driver had the wireless on a news channel so we could keep abreast of what was happening Soon the students started ya yaing for their music tapes, so I was in blackout till we reached the Murray I felt as though my throat had been cut Had it occurred today I d be rivetted to some hand device en route.So she was obliterated, wasn t she, on that day Ingrid had an appointment with her accountant during those fateful hours, either somewhere in the Twin Towers or nearby After that date, she wasn t seen or heard from again by those who loved her back in Oz No remains were found Gay and ailing Ralph, nonetheless, still yearned for her touch as he had been transfixed by her He was appalled when she headed Stateside to marry the much older, super sleek gallery owner, Gil Grey Too ill to travel, he sent off Julia to do some sleuthing for him He wanted to know every last detail about her life in NYC before the catastrophic event What our heroine gradually discovered initially unsettled and confused Then she really started to smell a rat As she collected evidence Julia came across some very interesting, if flawed, companions of Ingrid s during her final days There s the decipherer of writing who thinks he knows who that rat may be There is one of Ingrid s professors, noted for bedding students and colleagues, who succeeds with Julia as well And what does the mysterious Trinh, another academic, who moonlights as a dominatrix, know about it all Finally we have Fleur, Ingrid s stepdaughter who, at four, was a child prodigy with a paintbrush, only to chuck it all in for the camera during her teen years TheJulia delves, theshe discovers all is not how it seems Days of Our Lives soap it would seem on the surface, but Kirsten Tranter s The Legacy is in another realm completely compared to that mush To come by the book I was actually reading a review of her latest, Hold , which seemed intriguing It began to niggle me that the author s name rang a bell I checked on Goodreads to see it I had read anything by her in recent times, but nothing came up Then, perusing my bookshelves, I discovered The Legacy waiting patiently for me to get to it So, before I shelled out on her third novel, I decided to see if she had potential by reading this her first, published in 2010.I found The Legacy quite masterful It s almost impossible to put down as the mystery of Ingrid s departure deepens The pacing is deliciously unhurried, all minutiae examined closely Therefore it s a slow burning thriller and all the better for it a cut above airport fodder I would imagine Tranter is farpre occupied with the inter relationships between the characters than she is with the bells and whistles of the genre As Peter Craven, writing in The Monthly , opines, it also is full of suave and stunning evocations of Sydney and Manhattan and as an added bonus, he continues, , this sparkling and spacious novel captures the smell and sap of young people half in love with everyone they re vividly aware of, and groping to find themselves like an answer to an erotic enigma I am now in possession of Hold , as a result, as well as seeking out Kirsten T s sopho effort, A Common Loss They will not linger on my shelves as long as The Legacy


  7. Christy Christy says:

    I didn t read all of this, but enough to conclude that it s not for me I found the writing a bit on the dull side and the characters profoundly uninteresting I had great intentions of finishing it in time for book club, but after reading the first 30 to 50 pages, I found myself choosing to do just about anything other than read this book I made a strong push the day before and slogged through to the beginning of Julia s New York investigation where the book finally seemed to be picking up I didn t read all of this, but enough to conclude that it s not for me I found the writing a bit on the dull side and the characters profoundly uninteresting I had great intentions of finishing it in time for book club, but after reading the first 30 to 50 pages, I found myself choosing to do just about anything other than read this book I made a strong push the day before and slogged through to the beginning of Julia s New York investigation where the book finally seemed to be picking up a little steam , but the heavy foreshadowing including the prologue that gives it all away in terms of Ingrid s marriage meant that there was a complete lack of suspense and therefore, no reason to keep reading


  8. Janine Janine says:

    This is a long book 438 pages but I didn t find that it dragged The first 2 3 of the book reminded me of an Antipodean Brideshead Revisited or Great Gatsby, with the outsider narrator watching wealthy people living out their greed and insecurity There is an artificiality and staginess to the lives of these wealthy and ruthless people, and the glamour of the New York art scene does not disguise the curdled ugliness of these so called beautiful people The last 1 3 of the book took on the This is a long book 438 pages but I didn t find that it dragged The first 2 3 of the book reminded me of an Antipodean Brideshead Revisited or Great Gatsby, with the outsider narrator watching wealthy people living out their greed and insecurity There is an artificiality and staginess to the lives of these wealthy and ruthless people, and the glamour of the New York art scene does not disguise the curdled ugliness of these so called beautiful people The last 1 3 of the book took on the pace and tone of a mystery, although its ending was too open ended to be really satisfactory on that score The descriptions of both Kirribilli and New York were well drawn, and the dialogue flowed so naturally that it was barely noticeable There were too many paranormal deadends a neighbour who read tea leaves and too many dream sequences but she captured well the uneasy line between enterprise and exploitation, sexual adventureness and abuse The book was an amalgam of a coming of age love triangle, shot through with a mystery It worked for me.See my entire review athttps residentjudge.wordpress.com 2


  9. Benni Benni says:

    Thanks to the publisher and goodreads for the free review copy The Legacy focuses on Julia, Ralph, and Ingrid, three sometimes close friends When Ingrid disappears in New York after the events of 9 11, Julia heads to the Big Apple to investigate.This book is an homage to The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James Ingrid s situation mirrors in part Isabel s in Portrait It s quite a high order for one s first novel to be inspired by a classic work, but the author s literary background certainly ex Thanks to the publisher and goodreads for the free review copy The Legacy focuses on Julia, Ralph, and Ingrid, three sometimes close friends When Ingrid disappears in New York after the events of 9 11, Julia heads to the Big Apple to investigate.This book is an homage to The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James Ingrid s situation mirrors in part Isabel s in Portrait It s quite a high order for one s first novel to be inspired by a classic work, but the author s literary background certainly explains the aspiration The Legacy is sometimes too clever for its own good, particularly in the numerous literary and pop cultural references perhaps meant to serve as shorthand for evoking moods or feelings associated with those referenced works That is not to say the author takes shortcuts this novel is very luxuriously paced, with no sense of urgency.Undoubtedly Ms Tranter is a talented writer, and her descriptions are so vivid that I was present wherever Julia was Nevertheless, an emotional disconnect forced me to distance myself Yes, unrequited love can be romantic in its way, but all the pining described constituted the petulant sort And for all the investigation that Julia conducts to find Ingrid, the journey is all about discovering Julia That is not in itself an ignoble cause, except that we must care for Julia I did not care enough for any of these people.Three stars for the exquisite writing and admirable aspirations


  10. Sam Still Reading Sam Still Reading says:

    The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter It has one of the most gorgeous covers I ve seen But the content is disappointing The plot is good girl goes missing in New York on September 11, 2001 or does she But it doesn t seem to execute itself well jumping back and forth in time, vaguely alluding to events and skipping large chunks of time After 150 pages, I gave up and read the last chapter I still can t tell you exactly if Isabel was killed, disappeared or simply never existed but I don t care T The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter It has one of the most gorgeous covers I ve seen But the content is disappointing The plot is good girl goes missing in New York on September 11, 2001 or does she But it doesn t seem to execute itself well jumping back and forth in time, vaguely alluding to events and skipping large chunks of time After 150 pages, I gave up and read the last chapter I still can t tell you exactly if Isabel was killed, disappeared or simply never existed but I don t care There s no sympathy created for the characters and the descriptions of Perth as a backwater were cruel and unjustified I would debate whether the author has ever been to Perth, as the descriptions of the city are unclear and geographically incorrect Just goes to show that a PhD doesn t automatically make you a writer Research is completely different to fiction writing and this book could have used some emotion and editing


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