There is tons wrong with this book, starting with the page-long chunks of high-minded, stilted dialogue and including, too, a rather too deeply malicious woman character an ...more
I like Deerbrook on so many different levels it's hard to know where to begin. As a Quaker minister, I like the book for the underlying Christian themes of turn the other cheek and love thy neighbor as thyself, which themes Harriet Martineau weaves throughout but especially in the 2nd half of the book. I like the novel because it's not just a novel but a platform for social change, thus we are instructed exactly how to live a better life even as we are swept away to a different world, a...more
Unfortunately, though, the second half got a bit long and over the top--it reminded me more ...more
It's fine if you don't agree, many people in my class didn't. But I personally consider this one of the most boring books I've ever held in my hands.