This is a very good 18th century epistolary novel. The prose is precise and elegant, the voices of the various letter writers are well delineated and individualized, and the author makes us admire the heroine and fret over the difficulties which obstruct her happiness. The two lovers—the naive Evelina and the elegant Lord Orville—exhibit sentiment and good sense even in the midst of misunderstandings in a way that looks forward to Austen, and the misunderstandings themselves are both credible an...more
Evelina is a young woman growing up in England during the end of the 18th century, a time of very particular courting rituals, a very rigid class structure, and very limited social mobility for women. Due to strange circumstances surrounding her birth, Evelina is raised as a gentry woman and first discovers the delights and disasters of a life in society while traveling into London for a visit with some family friends. Told complet...more
Context: Listened to this as we encountered a landslide on the road to Mt Wilhelm, PNG’s highest peak (4507m)which the wife successfully climbed while I succumbed to altitude sickness at 3,700m.
Review: Another book that reveals where Austen got all her ideas from. This 18th century novel in epistolary form (letters) tells of the coming of age of Evelina, a young girl who is of uncertain parentage and who is pretty clueless when it comes to what society says, does and thinks.
Unless you’re awar...more
Well that didn't take long, did it? For reasons that you don't really want to know about, I've picked it up at some very odd times of day and have probably kept reading it far longer than I should each time.
I was curious about this but hadn't been expecting to enjoy it, and on reading the dedicatory ode and the note to the publishers et al wondered if I'd survive the experience. However once the story got going and Evelina's letters to her guardian became more relaxed, it was ra...more
Evelina is your classic heroine of the age in which this novel was written. She is stunningly beautiful- so beautiful...more
This book documents a time when it was acceptable and legitimate to complain about the company of people of lower social status. I have a lot of sympathy for poor Evelina when she has to spend a month with her grandmother Mme Duval and spend time with the low-brow Branghtons.
From a gender perspective: I was amazed by the amount of harassment Evelina gets from men as soon as she lacks protection. I'm afraid this must have...more