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3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  143 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Electricity is a fast-paced novel, both funny and moving, about connections, contacts and shocks--electrical, emotional, sexual, intellectual.

It is the story of a spirited young woman's adventures in the 1880's, recounted by herself with wit, candour and an intimacy of closely ovserved domestic and technical detail.

Charlotte escapes from her narrow, high-tension home in a
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 1995)
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Once again I have to say I think the review from Publisher's Weekly gives away too much of the story and at the same time I whole heartedly agree with their criticism that as a reader it is difficult to feel emotionally connected with Charlotte the narrator.

A lot of interesting issues are woven into the story of Charlotte Mortimer's life. Set in Victorian, London, Charlotte marries Peter Fisher a brilliant young man passionate about electricity. The two of them travel to Morrow Hall, the home o
Catherine Gordon
This is a completely unique book which has a lot of layers - an historical period drama, the role of women in this point of history and their vulnerability,the implementation of electricity into normality, the spirtual world, parent/child relationships, the class system as well as descriptions of the natural world. The difference between city life and country life. Health, social standing, love, loss etc. The narrator is essentially unlikeable although everything is viewed from her perspective. ...more
Elaine Cougler
Electricity by Victoria Glendinning takes the period of electricity developing from one rich home to another--not in whole cities yet--and builds a story around that concept. Metaphorically Electricity also abounds with sparks flying between Charlotte Mortimer and her young husband, the electricity king. Interesting to learn more about the times.
May 05, 2015 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like strange characters.
Recommended to Lynne by: A book list (don't remember)
I thought this book was very unique in its writing style, and it had some very interesting historical aspects to it, including some cool descriptions of how electricity was first introduced to homes, but I did not care for the main character and her poor life decisions. The way she narrated was often without feeling, sometimes cold take on situations. There were some very dark parts to this book, including child abuse which was at one part graphically written. I don't know how this book got on m ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In short, interesting writing style. Unlikable characters. Generally unsatisfying.
Sep 07, 2009 JoAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction about a young woman who marries a man obsessed with electricity.. It is a brand new field and he is on the cutting edge. There is much in this book that will stick with me. The descriptions of the homes, the clothing, the smells, the class differences. Well done.
Oct 13, 2014 Velvetink rated it really liked it
Then ending was a bit weak and predictable and disappointing compared to the rest, rushed maybe...but still enjoyable and interesting about the period in England when Electricity first was installed. although 11.10.2013 1 of 22 books for $10 (fill a bag)
I read this a while ago, on loan from a friend, and then found a copy at Goodwill. Interesting book. It has stuck with me over the past year or two, and I find that at odd, stray moments, something from it pops back to mind.
Jim Perry
Anything electrical is briefly incidental to this turn-of-the-century young woman's experiences (and poor life choices).
Carey Combe
Ok, although I never really cared about the narrator.
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British biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist. She is President of English PEN, a winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, was awarded a CBE in 1998 and is Vice-president of the Royal Society of Literature.

Glendinning read modern languages at Oxford and and worked as a teacher and social worker before becoming an editorial assistant for the Times Literary Supplement in 1974.

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