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Mariana by Monica Dickens
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Jan 21, 08

Read in February, 2007

Well I really enjoyed this book, it's the story of Mary who we first meet when she's about eleven. We follow her through holidays at her grandfathers large country house with her cousins, schooling, a short spell at a dramatic arts college, an art course in Paris, her first job, and a couple of misjudged romances. There are a host of loveable charcters - one of my personal favourites being Uncle Geoffrey. Of course as with many of these republished works that Persephone offer - some of the langauage is slightly non pc and rather dated - but you have set things in the context of the times they were written in and not mind too much - I love things written in the 20's 30's and 40's (this was originally first published in 1940) - although madly I often had the voice of Ceila Johnson ringing in my ears as I read - but that could just be me - I saw Mary as a younger Ceila Johnson I think.
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