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Dodo: An Omnibus (Dodo Trilogy #1)

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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1893 Original Publisher: Appleton Subjects: Fiction / General Fiction / Classics Fiction / Literary Fiction / Mystery
532 pages
Published December 1st 1978 (first published 1893)
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Sherwood Smith
The frivolous queen of society was a popular figure in literature during the 1880s and 1890s. Dodo isn't quite as amazingly clever as Anthony Hope's Dolly, nor is the writing as effortlessly elegant as in The Dolly Dialogues, but there is no doubt that the two women share similar origins--and society's interest in same.

Dodo marries for money and position and pays for it emotionally, a theme Benson came back to again and again in his work, but later on he relents and lets her marry for love.

Mar 27, 2015 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Since I enjoyed Benson's Lucia books, I thought I'd give the three Dodo books a try. But while Lucia was the target of Benson's satire, he's really taken with the Victorian beauty who marries for wealth and social position, only to regret it. (There's also her daughter Nadine, who is convinced that she cannot love, until suddenly she can.) He mentions on most pages that Dodo had abundant vitality, energy, wit, but for all he shows you, she's just a chattering bore. He also indulges in poetic ...more
Oct 28, 2008 Cera rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-reread
I enjoyed this at the time, and think I'll enjoy it even more now that I've got some context for proto-Edwardian literature. (What *is* the right term for 1890s literature? It doesn't really seem Victorian in its concerns, even late Victorian, but of course Victoria was still alive....)
Aug 06, 2015 John rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, fiction, mexico
This was a total bore. I had started to read it many times before this. Always stopped but forced myself to finish it this time. There was not one character of any interest and not one page was worth reading.
May 11, 2014 Lyddie rated it liked it
Dodo doesn't have the same spark as Mapp & Lucia, but it was a pleasant read. I may start the sequel, but there will be a few books between.
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