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Aurora Floyd

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  961 Ratings  ·  38 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, Oxford World's Classics, 474 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Oxford University Press (first published 1863)
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Oct 08, 2012 Mirte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Lady Audleys 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 lifes truth. Although the background and characters are worked out better, it doesnt have the flow of Lady Audley, nor the dramatic conclusion. Its a bit tame compared to its dashing predecessor, Im afraid. I never really got to sympa ...more
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
Jun 08, 2009 Bettie☯ rated it did not like it
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Wandaful
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I'd have expected an eponymous heroine to be more interesting than what was presented. Rather drab and meh/'tevs, sort of like the late-in-the-game murder mystery that was 1) lame, and 2) screamingly obvious. Kinda average, but not wholly dull. I only got through it because I was held captive on a bus and plane. Not a ringing endorsement, but there it is. :P
Dec 26, 2015 Carm9n rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 26, 2015 Peter rated it liked it
Aurora Floyd, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, much like Lady Audley's Secret, is a novel that makes a clear and positive impression on the reader, not so much because they are similar to the big name authors of Victorian literature like Dickens, but because they are dissimilar. Dickens is my favourite author, but it is impossible to find a strong, powerful lead character who is female. Such is not the case with Braddon's Aurora Floyd.

Aurora is both a reflection of the proper Victorian heroine as she
Oct 07, 2012 Bianca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 10, 2011 CF rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, classics
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
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
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
May 23, 2016 J A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a much more subdued affair than Lady Audley's Secret, Braddon's best known work, and certainly more than The Trail of the Serpent (which might well claim the crown of the most ludicrously melodramatic novel I have ever read). The mysteries and crises are not the 'Now I shall remove the evidence by burning down this house' kind, and more of the scandalous (the more for being class-based) suggestions of bigamy that surround the heroine. To the modern reader, inured to the likes of the Jere ...more
Nov 19, 2012 heather rated it it was amazing
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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
Allegra Byron
Jun 27, 2014 Allegra Byron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Susanna Farré
El personaje principal (Aurora), me ha parecido muy transgresor para la época, muy interesante y bien dibujado, aunque se le podría haber dado mucho más peso en la trama. El ritmo general de la novela lo considero desequilibrado, con un final demasiado precipitado y diversos fragmentos de larga duración durante los que la novela no avanza, a mi entender. Coincido con alguno de mis compañeros al considerar la figura de la narradora demasiado presente, en varias ocasiones me ha parecido que la nar ...more
A good read but not my favourite Braddon. It centres around the mystery in Aurora Floyd's past. As always with Braddon, it's not hard to figure out what the mystery is. The enjoyment comes from watching the story play out. However, while some of her other books have multiple story threads, this one is flatter and the characters more two-dimensional. I suspect it's one of her more famous novels simply because most of the others are not well known and were out of print for a very long time. The he ...more
Carolyn Owen-King
Jul 27, 2015 Carolyn Owen-King rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book; I can see where Braddon's coming from, but Aurora and her husband were annoying. I suppose it's the reinforcement for the Victorian audience of the virtues of these characters so that their situation was not condemned. I enjoyed the murder mystery, although we knew who did it from the beginning. But I don't think that was the point. I liked Talbot Bulstrode. He felt real to me, but he would have done better marrying someone with more than the personality of a wet cabbage leaf ...more
Mar 23, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
Galena Sanz
Feb 06, 2014 Galena Sanz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Harkness
Jun 24, 2012 Sarah Harkness rated it liked it
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!
Jason Shaffner
Apr 05, 2015 Jason Shaffner rated it it was amazing
The narrative voice earns this novel five stars, more than making up for a few too many pages... An example to love: "if she had been faultless, she could not have been the heroine of this story." The characters are richly drawn, the narration witty and tongue-in-cheek during the highest moments of melodrama. This is my second Braddon and although most of her works are out of print, I'm determined to read another!
May 04, 2009 Laura marked it as to-read
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie☯
Nov 19, 2013 Rene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, audiobooks
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.
Jun 18, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
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.
Dec 13, 2014 Emylie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mikel Murillo
Feb 15, 2016 Mikel Murillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En definitiva una magnífica novela d’Epoca, donde nos presentan una historia de amor y misterio, donde el drama también tomará protagonismo.
Margaret Potter
Feb 20, 2014 Margaret Potter rated it it was ok
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.
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!
Charo Prado
Jan 22, 2014 Charo Prado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2007 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites from my college course on women's fiction in the 1860s. Great from a historical perspective.
James Redwood
Nov 16, 2012 James Redwood rated it liked it
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.
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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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