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Glenarvon

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Part of the Everyman series which has been re-set with wide margins for notes and easy-to-read type. Each title includes a themed introduction by leading authorities on the subject, life-and-times chronology of the author, text summaries, annotated reading lists and selected criticism and notes.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 5th 1995 by Orion Publishing Group, Ltd. (first published 1816)
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karen
Jul 18, 2015 karen rated it it was ok
this book is terrible. but it gets an extra star for its ballsiness.

you would think that something written by one of history's most jaw-droppingly melodramatic scorned lovers would at least have a little heart to it, yeah? but this is just a muddled, "self"-aggrandizing (because it's a novel, and not about her at all, right?? riiiiiight...) piece of rubbish. you have no idea the disappointment i felt just a couple of chapters into this, as i suffered through its turgid prose and wooden characte
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Margaret
Oh, how I longed for some coherency of plot or character to pull this together. There are intriguing pieces -- a plot to murder a ducal heir, the Irish revolution of the late 1700s, disturbing obsessive love, the fictional portrayals of Byron, Lady Melbourne, Lamb herself, and other prominent figures -- but they're only pieces, and only held my attention sporadically. Oh, well, I wasn't expecting it to be good: I just wanted it to be better.
Sherwood Smith
May 06, 2009 Sherwood Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, roman-a-clef
As a novel, this thing pretty much stinks. But as a roman a clef, it's great! Caro, dumped by Byron, was angry enough to pillory him--and the rest of society, too--in this novel that not only contains a couple of his dumpage letters verbatim, but features Caro as a double Mary Sue. Yes, she couldn't seem to decide which Wronged Heroine type to be, so she puts herself in as both the fainting angel of a heroine who swans beautifully to death, surrounded by anxious loved ones who have absolutely ...more
David Cain
Apr 19, 2014 David Cain rated it it was amazing
Glenarvon is a vastly underappreciated piece of literature. It does not tell a great story. It does not have a well-crafted plot. It gives us the confession of a tortured and self-centered spirit, taking revenge on life by laying bare the pains that made Lady Caroline miserable. The story appears to us as unoriginal, campy, predictable and saccharine. The accusations would be fitting, if it did not precede every novel it seems to copy by decades and centuries. In so many ways, looking past its ...more
Droid
Feb 27, 2013 Droid rated it it was ok
Mad, bad and tedious to read.

The first volume seems to introduce at least one new character every five pages, you're lucky if the author bothers to grace any of her cardboard cast with the least physical description or slightest whiff of individuality. Initially the "story" consists of a ceaseless string of name-drops. The pages vomit forth such a streaming rabble of superfluous nonentities (nearly all of which possess alternative titles) that the plot quickly starts to drown amongst a sweeping
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Surreysmum
May 03, 2010 Surreysmum rated it did not like it
[These notes were made in 1983; I read a 1972 edition of this 1816 book:]. This is truly a tedious book. But one cannot help feeling a certain amount of slightly revolted pity for Lady C. Certainly she doesn't lack for words, but she does not seem to have been able to make up her mind exactly how to channel all the bitter feelings into a workable novel. So Byron-Glenarvon ends up being half Gothic monster and half the man she fell in love with (and almost no Byron at all, except for his looks ...more
Karen Kohoutek
Oct 10, 2013 Karen Kohoutek rated it it was amazing
This is often described as "unreadable," but I sped through it in a few days. Apparently, even the trashy novels of previous centuries were on the average better-written than the trashy novels of today. This is pretty high-quality dirt-dishing. And although Caro's roman-a-clefing is clearly biased, the fictionalized picture of Byron as someone who wanted to break social conventions himself, but expected the women in his life to stick to traditional roles that accommodated him, doesn't sound at ...more
Shani Cxx
Oct 28, 2013 Shani Cxx rated it it was ok
I didn't love this novel, which is a shame because I really wanted to; it's about Byron (very thinly disguised as Glenarvon), written by one of his ex-lovers. All I can say is, Lady Caroline Lamb really was a bit of a nutter judging by this book and I don't blame Lord Byron for trying to distance himself from her at all.
Isadora Wagner
Oct 13, 2012 Isadora Wagner rated it it was ok
An entertaining, if sometimes loosely written, fictional account of the failings of Lord Byron, man.
Harmony Williams
Aug 09, 2016 Harmony Williams rated it did not like it
The style is florid and stilted. I could not connect to or root for the characters at all. I had hoped for something better.
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The Lady Caroline Lamb was a British aristocrat and novelist, best known for her 1812 affair with Lord Byron. Her husband was the 2nd Viscount Melbourne, the Prime Minister, however, she was never the Viscountess Melbourne because she died before he succeeded to the peerage; hence, she is known to history as Lady Caroline Lamb.
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