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East Lynne

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When the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer, more is at stake than moral retribution. Ellen Wood played upon the anxieties of the Victorian middle classes who feared a breakdown of the social order as divorce became more readily available and promiscuity threatened the sanctity of the family. In her novel the simple act of hir

ebook, 458 pages
Published March 10th 2005 by Oxford University Press (first published 1861)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
East Lynne, Mrs. Henry Wood
عنوان: سقوط یک فرشته؛ شاهکار: هنری وود، ترجمه: شیده جلالی فر؛ تهران، فروغی،1346؛ در 695 ص؛ ... چاپ دیگر: 1361، در 695 ص، شابک: 9649115099، چاپ سوم: زمستان 1369، چاپ چهارم: زمستان 1370، چاپ پنجم: 1371، موضوع: داستانهای انگلیسی، قرن 19 م
ایزابل دختر زیبا، کم سن و سال مردی ثروتمند است. او مادر خویش را از دست داده است. ارچیبالد کارلایل نیز وکیلی یک لاقباست که از مال دنیا تنها تحصیلاتش خویش را دارد. آرچیبالد عاشق ایزابل میشود. اما ایزابل به خاطر ظاهر نه چندان جذاب او، خواستگ
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
Eat your heart out Wilkie Collins. What a fantastic book this is! I just loved every minute of it (and there were a LOT of minutes – for some reason it took me an age to read). For about three weeks I felt like I was living in the middle of a Victorian soap-opera. There was murder, betrayal, divorce, disguises and death and all this set among a backdrop of stately homes and horse-and-carriages. What’s not to love?

I can’t understand why this book is not better known or held in higher esteem. Hall
Feb 27, 2016 El rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to El by: The Roundtable
When one wants to read a Victorian author who wrote salacious stories full of intrigue and unrequited love and a dash of murder, they usually reach for Wilkie Collins. And there's nothing wrong with that because Collins is one of my favorites and he is truly delicious. Or they turn to his BFF, Charles Dickens, arguably the most famous Victorian author evah.

The more I read, however, the more I realize there are a lot of other books that are really great and, I dare say, better than Dickens. This
I could tell you that ‘East Lynne’, a huge popular success in its day, has unremarkable writing, is horribly contrived, holds no real surprises, drifts into silliness and goes on for much too long.

But I could also tell you that I had to keep reading, that I was very well entertained, and that the book was very easy to read.

I’d read it before, many years ago, when my love for Victorian sensation novels was very new; and though I remembered that arc of the story I had forgotten so many details.

Jun 16, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rth-lifetime, 2016
It's been Sensation Novel Spring here, and I've said a lot of what I have to say about them in my review of Lady Audley's Secret. East Lynne is more of the same. Disguises, mountains of foreshadowing, Nancy Drew-esque use of italics, it's all here. That's certainly a lot of fun, and so is this book.

Here's the general plot: Isabel marries Mr. Carlyle. Romantic comedy complications - the type that could easily be cleared up if anyone had an honest conversation with anyone else - creep in. (view sp
Jul 19, 2012 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
Mrs. Henry Wood was a well-known author in the late 1800s. Her works were very popular, sold well and were translated into other languages. This novel, East Lynne (1861), was also produced as a stage play. The story opens with a portrait of William, Earl of Mount Severn, who is now desperately concealing, both from his daughter Lady Isabel and his creditors, the fact that he is bankrupt. He is now at East Lynne and in contact with a local attorney, Mr. Carlyle, regarding the sale of East Lynne. ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Sean rated it it was amazing
East Lynne is a classic among 19th century sensation fiction but a sadly neglected gem in the history of English literature. The author, Ellen Wood, is among the “big three” of sensation authors alongside Wilkie Collins and Marie Elizabeth Braddon. Whenever people are in the mood for this type fiction they usually reach for Collins’ The Moonstone or Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret. Unfortunately, East Lynne gets passed up for these more famous works and the book became a one hit wonder for Ellen ...more
I've been wanting to read East Lynne for years and years, ever since I heard about its insane melodramatic plot. Now that I finally grabbed it on impulse and a determination to Finally Read The Bloody Thing, I'm kinda let down.

The first 2 volumes of this 3-novel wonder were pretty good, but the final volume was a sloggy, soggy drag. The main mystery of Richard Hare's is-he-or-isn't-he-guilty-of-murder charge is protracted to an agonizing degree with everyone restating everything about the case t
Oct 29, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you met a book that you carry around all day and pull out of your purse to eagerly read at every moment you can spare? I've met a few and this is one of them. I even found myself reaching for it while stuck in traffic! (terrible, I know). East Lynne is the very definition of a Victorian sensation novel - murder, disguise, exile, deception, a love triangle, humor, a horrific train accident, - it had it all. I hesitate to talk about any plot details because this book launches right into the d ...more
Terri Jacobson
This Victorian novel is a wonderful reading experience. It has everything you might want in a book of this era: a murder blamed on the wrong person; seductions, marriages, betrayals and divorces; illnesses such as "brain fever" and consumption; women in elaborate dresses and bonnets; a society with strict standards for conduct and dire consequences for those who break these standards. I found it to be a real page-turner. I love the language and beautiful descriptions of the English countryside. ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Boof
A dramatic and adulterous novel written by Mrs. Henry Wood with a quite predictable end for the heroine's story.
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When her father dies leaving only debts behind, Lady Isabel Vane marries the good-looking, hard-working lawyer Archibald Carlyle. When she becomes foolishly jealous of him, she runs off with a scapegrace aristocrat, abandoning husband, children, and respectability.

This bestselling Victorian sensation novel is too long, awkwardly written, and overly moralizing, but I found it compellingly readable regardless. It's mostly a sensation novel, anyway, full of death, desertion, adultery, and disguise
Mar 01, 2016 Sera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sera by: Alex
I really enjoyed this book. Wood is considered one of the early writers of "shock literature" in literary fiction. Unlike her Victorian counterparts, the women in this book have their own ideas of what being a woman in Victorian society should be, and Wood introduces some twists and turns of which even Dickens would have been proud. However, like other Victorian literature, much of the poor decision making could have been avoided if people would simply have communicated and not made any assumpti ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Known but unknown is the life of Mrs. Henry Wood. Wood is one of the best sensation novelists of Victorian Literature. Lesser known than Wilkie Collins, and yet as prolific as Collins, Mrs. Wood ventured into all the dark corners of Victorian life. In East Lynne there is adultery, murder, duel characters, bigamy, creepy characters, faithful husbands and overly flirtatious men and women. Not a chapter goes by but something is happening. Melodrama envelops the novel and the reader can almost hear ...more
Apr 03, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is the most action-packed Victorian novel I have ever read. While it's not quite the everyone-gets-what-they-want kind of novel like Jane Austen, it has some very poignant points, and the bad people are punished and the good people, if not saved, find some manner of redemption.

It is quite a read, with over 600 pages, but it was well worth it. A number of stories converge; there is a murder, a love triangle, humor, and a fair dose of tragedy. While your favorite character may not get what yo
Christy B
East Lynne is a very engaging Victorian sensation novel written in 1861. If you like the works of Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, then I also recommend Ellen Wood.

This had everything you'd expect in a Victorian sensation novel, and probably more; murder, infidelity, betrayal, disguises and more.

The story is: Lady Isabel leaves her husband and children on the grounds of her suspecting that her husband is unfaithful. It doesn't help that a cad is helping driving that point home. Isabel
May 25, 2011 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, victorian
This classic of nineteenth century "mystery," whether it be termed gothic, sensational, or melodrama, holds up well after more than a century. But it is very long. And the trouble with the length is that the gothic and mystery elements become lost in soap-opera-ish melodramatics -- oh, nothing as exagerated as true melodrama -- but long passages of who's marrying who and why and which austere lady is slapping which other equally austere lady, and who is the sweet, young thing being chased by the ...more
Jun 08, 2009 Bettie☯ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Wanda
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Ricardo Moedano
Nov 16, 2016 Ricardo Moedano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mentors
Can you forgive her?

What a painful book! And yet, precisely on account of Lady Isabels piercing agony, brought about by a paroxysm of jealousy, I now dote on Ellen (Mrs. Henry) Wood. Rare indeed are the volumes that produce emotions as potent as East Lynne. Sorry, Hardy, but when it comes to harrowing tales, this woman has unseated you with a single shove, since a sole act of rashness supplied enough ground for fresh suffering to many characters for years ahead.

While Isabel wore sackcloth and a
I'm back and forth about this one. The first half was great, I really got invested in Lady Isabel and Mr. Carlyle. Mrs. Wood built up the tension well, I thought. The story pulled me along so effectively that I overlooked several of it's weaknesses - until there got to be too many and they became distracting. The bad guy in the story is just not convincing at all. Mrs. Wood might have done well to develop his character a little before expecting me to believe he would act in that manner - and
Carolyn Owen-King
East Lynne; another sensation novel, another fallen woman. This is great; compelling and unpredictable. I found myself yelling at the book on several occasions when things went off in unexpected directions. A lively, at times heavily ironic authorial voice interrupted to talk to me so many times that I felt I knew her; Mrs Henry, or some version of her haunting the novel. The story of one woman's limited choices in Victorian England, and the repercussions of a bad decision. Devoured in a couple ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Marjolein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a shame that this book does not have a prominent place on the literature lists at schools or universities for it is without a doubt a very well written book and it portrays the Victorian mentality perfectly. It is quite an eventful novel, especially for a Victorian one, but even at the times that very little is happening Mrs. Wood never loses her reader's attention. This book has a bit of everything: murder, mystery, elopement, marriage, mourning... If you are a fan of Victorian literature ...more
Despite of its being way too long, a bit awkward both in plot and prose and boasting an overall silliness to it, this classic and highly popular example of Victorian "sensation fiction" kept me interested and entertained. The solution of the central mystery was no surprise at all and the endless tieing up of the numerous not so lose ends was tiring to say the least. I skimmed through the last 150 pages, to be honest. Clearly written for serialisation and made the most of in that way. Still, a no ...more
May 18, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any book that makes me cry (for real) gets 5 stars. Powerful themes of love and forgiveness. Sin is always found out eventually and evildoers must pay for their crimes. "East Lynne" is well-written, non-cheesy Victorian melodrama.
Oct 03, 2016 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A student recommended this obscure book years ago and I was happy to come across it in audiobook format, while downloading new books to get me through workouts. I'm so glad I found it finally! Exceptional story.
(A very silly book.) Given up.
Nancy Hammons
It was ok, it took me forever to get through it, I won't be reading it again, but it was ok.
Mariam Shahrokhi
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Herman Gigglethorpe
East Lynne isn't a great novel, but it's a lot of fun! It's almost like a Victorian telenovela. The morals are applied with the subtlety of a wrecking ball, a mother disguises herself when interacting with her own children, and there is even some slapping, which you wouldn't expect from the English.

Like other serialized sensation novels, East Lynne is a couple of hundred pages too long. After what feels like the dozenth time that the characters give exposition about Hallijohn's murder, you want
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Ellen Price Wood was an English novelist, better known as "Mrs Henry Wood". She wrote over 30 novels, many of which (especially East Lynne), enjoyed remarkable popularity. Among the best known of her stories are Danesbury House, Oswald Cray, Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles, The Channings, Lord Oakburn's Daughters and The Shadow of Ashlydyat. For many years, she worked as the proprietor and editor of t ...more
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“Shakespeare calls jealousy yellow and green; I think it may be called black and white for it most assuredly views white as black, and black as white. The most fanciful surmises wear the aspect of truth, the greatest improbabilities appear as consistent realities.” 4 likes
“Mr Carlyle has more sense than all the rest of West Lynne put together,’ complacently observed Afy. ‘Living with Richard Hare! why, I’d rather go and live with a scalped red Indian who goes about with his body tattooed in place of clothes, and keeps sixteen wives.” 1 likes
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