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“This is, quite simply, a terrific piece of work.”
—The Neglected Books Page

The story of a marriage, writing, failure, love,
maturity and comedy.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 22nd 2010 by Lulu (first published January 1st 1896)
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Jun 27, 2013 Neale rated it really liked it
George Orwell considered ‘Cynthia’ to be Leonard Merrick’s best book. This might seem surprising to a modern reader starting out on the book (it did to me): the opening section is rather slow to gain traction, the style sparse and the subject matter apparently conventional. It is only after reading the subsequent sections that one realises the subtlety of what Merrick is doing at the beginning.

I suspect that it was the middle section that Orwell admired most. The married couple move to Paris, th
Aug 02, 2011 Jon added it
Little read today, Leonard Merrick was an Anglo-Jewish novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose works tended to focus on the theatrical and literary world. It seems surprising he isn't more widely known, since his novels are typically short, humorous, and pithy--a whole lot easier to read than those of, for example, his near-contemporary George Gissing, who dealt with similar themes. A constantly recurring theme in his work is the need for enough money to live on, which helps to give ...more
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