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The Real Charlotte

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  127 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A masterpiece of Irish literature of the Victorian Age, The Real Charlotte draws characters from the worlds of Anglo-Irish aristocracy and the native Irish peasantry. Delightful.-The Guardian.
Paperback, 415 pages
Published October 5th 1999 by J. S. Sanders and Company (first published 1894)
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Vivian Valvano
Jun 18, 2013 Vivian Valvano rated it really liked it
This is the second of the two nineteenth century Irish novels (the other being GRANIA, THE STORY OF AN ISLAND)that my expert friend Jim, of DePaul U, said was imperative to read - localized but not parochial, particularized in time and place, but global in human themes. And I believe that he is right. What a fascinating cast of characters, running a gamut of human sensibilities, idiosyncrasies, foibles, and imperfections (innocent and charming/conniving and unlikable ... just about everyone is h ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Laura marked it as to-read
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One of those books that seems to get overlooked, which is a shame because it's worth a read. When I picked this up I was expecting the same comedy as Irish R.M, but The Real Charlotte is a more serious book, and darker. The characters lives intwine, there are secrets, scandals and plotting a plenty. The title of the book is also interesting, who is the real Charlotte?.
Dec 08, 2015 Wanda marked it as to-read
8 DEC 2015 - Laura found a download. Link:

Thank you, Dear Laura
Jan 10, 2016 Jyoti51 rated it really liked it
It's interesting how relevant this book still seemed - both to Ireland's history and to humans generally - after a gap of 40 years since I first read it.
The personal interactions and behaviours still seem complex and convincing and I am now much more struck by the way in which the book elaborates how women made use of their intelligence and skills in that context ... Not just as subject to their times, but to the constraints of class, colonialism (the confident entitlement of the English charac
A. Mary
Dec 31, 2012 A. Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Perhaps I enjoyed this so much because it was such a refreshing, pleasant change from the intense reading I've been doing lately. Even if that is the reason for four full stars, I think the novel would stand up in other circumstances. Early on, I laughed aloud several times and wrote out a few hilarious descriptions to share. This co-written story has clearly drawn characters, and it isn't a simple read, as some might suppose it would be. There's much being said about human nature, and the title ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
Apparently this is one of the most famous novels to come out of Ireland in the 19th century, and I found it in a dollar cart at the Book Barn. I love reading things I've never heard of, so it was exciting. It had everything you might expect from a 19th century British novel aimed at women: a female character who seduces men, sometimes accidentally and sometimes on purpose, unrequited love, money trouble, class issues stemming from people's money trouble, melodrama, and a somewhat evil older woma ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it
A lovely novel! Somerville and Ross are known for their witty books that describe the goings on between the Anglo-Irish aristocracy and the peasants that usually get the better of them. This is amore serious effort, reminiscent of Mrs. Gaskell's Wives and Daughters. A really fine read.
May 20, 2015 Eleanor rated it really liked it
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I heard a recommendation for this book on the radio - an english professor from Trinity College, said that her class would be in uproar if she didn't choose it in her top three books. It went on the list!!!

The writers were cousins (two women), and they had a great insight into life in the upper classes of Ireland during the Victorian era - which makes this book interesting, but it's the characters and their interaction that makes this novel zing. It is almost Austen like in the beautiful, entert
Philip Lane
Feb 04, 2015 Philip Lane rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Irish landscape and houses as well as the brooding prescience of Charlotte. She really is a formidable character and one I am surprised I had not heard of previously.
Oct 29, 2012 Liz marked it as to-read
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I've decided to read this for St. Patty's day. "The Real Charlotte" is one of the most famous novels to come out of Ireland during the 19th century, so I think it's an appropriate read for the weekend.
One of the most well-written books I've never finished! Will have to delve back in sometime. Words were music.
Anjelina Azizsoltani
Oct 08, 2012 Anjelina Azizsoltani rated it really liked it
Reminded me of Jane Austen types
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Edith Anna Œnone Somerville (2 May 1858 – 8 October 1949) was an Irish novelist who habitually signed herself as "E. Œ. Somerville". She wrote in collaboration with her cousin "Martin Ross" (Violet Martin) under the pseudonym "Somerville and Ross". Together they published a series of fourteen stories and novels, the most popular of which were The Real Charlotte, and The Experiences of an Irish R. ...more
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