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...more
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 ...more
I can’t understand why this book is not better known or held in higher esteem. Hall ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more