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Aurora Floyd

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  511 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Like Lady Audley, Aurora is a beautiful young woman bigamously married and threatened with exposure by a blackmailer. But in Aurora Floyd, and in many of the novels written in imitation of it, bigamy is little more than a euphemism, a device to enable the heroine, and vicariously the reader, to enjoy the forbidden sweets of adultery without adulterous intentions.
Paperback, 474 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1863)
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This book was like a very gentle roller-coaster ride, with a grand finish at the end. The author admits, in several places within the book, that now would seem a good time to end the novel, but yet the story continues.

I do like that there was always a little more to the story, but the constant building up for small excitements got a bit old. There was something wonderfully sassy, however, about reading a book which would have been considered risque or scandalous, only 150 or so years ago. I ima
I read Lady Audley´s Secret, an earlier book by Braddon, some time ago for another course. So I expected sort of the same when I started reading Aurora Floyd. This novel, however, has a different setup with a nosy narrator interfering every now and then to tell some life´s truth. Although the background and characters are worked out better, it doesn´t have the flow of Lady Audley, nor the dramatic conclusion. It´s a bit tame compared to its dashing predecessor, I´m afraid. I never really got to ...more
Elizzy B
Buena novela victoriana de misterio, genialmente editada por D'Epoca y muy bien traducida, como es habitual con esta editorial. Personalmente, disfruté del principio mucho más que del final. Ya sé que el misterio no era nada misterioso para alguien de nuestra época, pero el problema que tuve era que había alguna aparición de personajes por la "manga" y que el intrusismo de la autora, aunque muy bueno en algunos casos, era excesivamente "victoriano" en otros. Quizá es que no acerté con la histori ...more
Aurora Floyd is the wealthy, dark-eyed daughter of banker Archibald Floyd. Her mother, Eliza Floyd, died when she was very young. Aurora is enthusiastic about the horse races, and lives with her father in a large country house, in Feldon Woods.

First propositioned by Talbot Bulstrode, then John Mellish, Aurora finds herself in a pinch when a secret from very long ago threatens to ruin her relationships with her local county, and indeed, all of England.

This is an excellently written book. Braddo
Helen Kitson
Aurora Floyd's beauty lies in her purple-black hair and black eyes. The daughter of a banker and a second-rate actress, as a very young woman she says little and what she does is boorish or mundane (although, in her favour, she is kind-hearted in an unsentimental way, and honest insofar as she's able to be). Nevertheless, she soon has two men in love with her - John Mellish, a simple (but wealthy) Yorkshireman, and Talbot Bulstrode. Both men propose, and both men she turns down. On Bulstrode's s ...more
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Published right after Lady Audley's Secret, Aurora Floyd was almost as popular. Aurora Floyd is a newlywed with a deadly secret, and although (like Lady Audley's) Aurora's secret is fairly easy to guess early on, that doesn't slow down the fast pace and drama of the novel. Braddon's novels are being heralded recently as challenges to the Victorian notion of ideal ladyhood, but in the other books of hers I've read, those unusual women receive suitable punishments for their violations of femininit ...more
Allegra Byron
Siempre que sale un libro de dÉpoca lo compro, conozca al autor o no, ya que es éxito asegurado. A Branddon la conocía pero muy poco, y desgraciadamente no había leído nada suyo. Así que gracias a una amiga que empezó a leerlo, me piqué y he conseguido disfrutar de una auténtica novela de misterio victoriana. He disfrutado muchísimo con los personajes: para mí el mejor ha sido Talbot, aunque al principio me pareció un poco estirado. Pero es que los victorianos eran un poco así, no? ;-)
Y el secre
Galena Sanz
Un misterio de época que despierta intriga desde el principio, que nos relata dos historias amorosas y cuenta como los personajes deben enfrentarse a estas para que su relación funcione y por último, se nos propone un final escandaloso para el tiempo en el que la novela fue escrita.

Un libro que me gustó y que me parece atrevido para su tiempo, así como su protagonista fuera de lo común, la cual me hubiera gustado llegar a conocer mejor ya que sentí que en cuanto a personajes, ella y su marido er
Absolutely LOVED this book! This is the second book I have read by this author and both were simply fantastic!

Sometimes in this day and age we have a tendency to think that we have become so depraved as compared to "the good old days", but Mary Elizabeth Braddon shows us that this is not the case. People have always been the way they are now, there are just more of us on the planet now so that means that are just more examples now than there were then.

Braddon also has, as woman of the 19th cent
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Sensational for its time but still a good read now. Didn't always get the references to events of the time. Took me back to my younger days when I devoured 19th century literature.
This is another Mary Elizabeth Braddon book. She tends to be long winded but I really couldn't put this one down! She did a fantastic job of weaving some mystery through the book. I am mad at the edition that I read because they spoiled the mystery through the footnotes!! She makes so many historical references it's hard to keep up with what she is talking about so I rely on the footnotes to explain some and one of them totally gave it away! (I won't though, don't worry) This one reminds me of a ...more
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
En definitiva una magnífica novela d’Epoca, donde nos presentan una historia de amor y misterio, donde el drama también tomará protagonismo.
Charo Prado
Muy bueno, historia victoriana con un final atípico, me encanta la autora y la forma de escribir como si fuese un narrador que ve desde fuera, todo lo que ocurre
Sarah Harkness
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Lady Audley's Secret...perhaps the frisson was missing as Aurora really wasn't bad at all...but still an exciting finish, and lots of building tension...the men behaved surprisingly well for Victorians, I would have expected at least on of her friend, her father or her husband to have found her sexuality too threatening to deal with...It's a refreshing change that they all forgave her for being human!
Margaret Potter
The quintessential sensationalist novel.
I read this for my Women in Victorian Literature class, which focuses specifically on the fallen women- this is certainly a good example. The mystery is not that intriguing and certainly east to figure out, but it's a nice book.
Jan 23, 2015 Laura marked it as to-read
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Mar 06, 2014 ☯Bettie☯ rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Pretty decent sensation novel. Braddon isn't interested in surprising you (you can guess what will happen fairly quickly), but rather in playing up the emotional suspense. This is the other of her pair of bigamy novels and was published shortly after Lady Audley's Secret.
I read this book after "Lady Audley's Secret". If you do so, you will prefer Lady Audley. That book is more mysterious and surprising. Still this is a good read and worth reading. Braddon has been added to my list of authors to watch.
James Redwood
This book came out right after Lady Audley's Secret; as a mystery the solution is unfortunately apparent early on, but the atmosphere and characterization of Aurora are superb.
I have only just started reading this, but if it's anything like Lady Audley's Secret, I'm sure I'll really enjoy it, I love M.E. Braddon's writing style!
Iain McNab
So-so example of Victorian sensation fiction. Bit long-winded, and basically a rehash of Lady Audley's Secret. I may not bother with all her 83 other novels.
I've read several of M. E. Braddon's books lately, and that one was my least favorite. The heroine is just not engaging enough.
Kirsty Walker
Not quite as marvellous as Lady Audley but still pretty damn good. Started a crazy for heroines on horseback.
One of my favorites from my college course on women's fiction in the 1860s. Great from a historical perspective.
May 17, 2014 Emylie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dissertation, started
I had to stop…needed a break from the Victorians, but I am enjoying what I've read so far…
p 222 (May 2014)
What didn't I learn?! I loved this novel--Aurora rocks.
Everything she writes is wonderful!
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Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a British Victorian era popular novelist. She was an extremely prolific writer, producing some 75 novels with very inventive plots. The most famous one is her first novel, Lady Audley's Secret (1862), which won her recognition and fortune as well. The novel has been in print ever since, and has been dramatised and filmed several times.

Braddon also founded Belgravia Magaz
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