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A Romance of Two Worlds by Marie Corelli
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May 20, 11

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Read in May, 2011

I read this because I wanted to see what sort of author could outsell Conan Doyle, Wells and Kipling. This was the popular fiction of its time. It was sort of compulsive, and repulsive at the same time. The writing style is appalling - they don't drink, they quaff, they eat viands, not food - the characters are totally unbelievable, and the main premise of the book is tosh. And yet, and yet....I can see why her work was devoured by people whose lives were short on romance. I shan't be rushing to read another - give me Wells, Conan Doyle and Kipling every time - but I'm glad I read it and recommend it if only as a curio.
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