Jul 15, 07
Read in July, 2007
Geez, this book sticks in your craw. Not exactly a feel-good story but in reality an impressive dive into the complexities of human and social nature. The bad guy wins and the bad guy (gal) loses, everyone's unhappy (except Basil, but he's mor eor less unhappy in general). I suppose it also has great insight into the transformation of American (or New England) intellectual culture in the late nineteenth century but that probably holds little relevance or interest to the general reader. Enjoy it instead for some nearly perfect chapters of written English fiction (particularly the first one and parts of the Cape Cod scenes) and some laugh-out-loud moments (it's true!) which will get you through the numerous slow parts. God bless that Doctor Prance.