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Emmeline: The Orphan of the Castle (Anglais) Broché – 17 juillet 2009

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A Jane-Austen-like heroine encounters real vice and crime. 4 janvier 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This bookmade Charlotte Smith's fortune and reputation and was followed by about a book a year until theend of the decade. Unfortunately the quality of the books to follow often wasn't as good. This isan awesome book about a woman stalked by a rich, good-looking, well-connected man who is aninsensitive jerk. Emmeline is able to see this and cares more for her female friends until the heroenters the novel. Emmeline's female friends are anything but conventional--one has an adulterousaffair and a baby out of wedlock, and another leaves her husband because he is a financial idiot (hetries to use old wigs as fertilizer!) Big, long, and full of detail of life in 1788, Emmeline isa good read. Unless of course you are a modern novel lover like the famed modern novelist whowrote the introduction to the Pandora edition and feels that maybe--if you accept that the novel istrashy soap opera--the book is worth buying more than a salad. The salad argument struck me asjust another reason why I can't relate to modern authors ...
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"Universally read and admired" 15 mars 2012
Par Patto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Born into wealth, Charlotte Smith was married off at fifteen to placate her hostile stepmother. She bore twelve children, separated from her profligate husband at thirty-eight, and supported herself and her children by writing. Her bestselling first novel EMMELINE (1788) is an emotionally charged mix of romance and revolutionary ideas - a Cinderella story with strong feminist overtones.

The novel features a beautiful heroine with lofty morals. Orphaned and illegitimate, Emmeline Mobray has been left to the care of an old housekeeper and steward in a decaying castle. She educates herself by reading Shakespeare, Pope, and Milton from the moldering library. When Emmeline is sixteen, her uncle Lord Montreville and his son Delamere unexpectedly come to the castle for hunting season. Delamere falls madly in love with Emmeline - and she becomes the hunted.

Emmeline will inspire passion in a number of men - but none so difficult as Delamere. He's been raised with no restraint on his desires, and he badgers Emmeline relentlessly to marry him - upsetting both her and his snobbish family. Delamere's hotheadedness also makes him prone to duels, which will lead to more than one traumatic scene in the novel. Despite the thoroughly eighteenth-century flavor of Smith's novel, Delamere is not much different from certain men in our own day who are violent and emotionally abusive to women.

I've hinted at the plot here, but trust me, it's only a hint. This novel is rich in colorful characters and subplots that rival the interest and complexity of the main plot. Emmeline's suitors alone - ranging from comic to threatening to noble - provide plenty of action. Emmeline's rigid principles and minute scruples may be something of a torment to modern readers, but her compassion for those in distress engages all our sympathy.

In the scholarly introduction, the editor discusses how the philosophy and politics of the times influenced Smith - and points out the innovative aspects of her writing. I was charmed to learn that Jane Austin as a teenager loved EMMELINE and praised Smith's books as "universally read and admired."

The editor also reveals the autobiographical elements in Emmeline's good friend Mrs. Stafford. Like Charlotte Smith, Mrs. Stafford has numerous children and is burdened with a faithless husband who goes to debtor's prison. Contemporary readers relished this autobiographical content. As a courageous single mother beset with troubles, Smith was a heroine to her reading public.

I loved EMMELINE. But to appreciate it fully, it helps to adopt an eighteen-century mindset. If you can't put your twenty-first-century views on hold, it may bother you that servants are subservient, women faint easily, and courtship can be a long drawn-out affair. Go with it, and you're in for a great reading experience.

I highly recommend the Broadview edition for its readable format and instructive introduction and appendices.
Hone your skipping skills 10 mai 2013
Par C. Wright - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
The bones of this story are good, but there are endless narratives. I skipped a lot. The main character's actions are a bit frustrating, to the point of unbelievability. A good summer read, if you don't mind those points. For my fellow Livingston-Hill fans - you will like the quality of writing, but her faith lacks decisiveness, to the point that it is hardly visible.
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Purchased for class 9 juin 2013
Par J. Bosche - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
It is what it is. My advice...if you like the female-written gothic fiction of this period, read Northanger Abbey instead.
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