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Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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Jun 29, 12

it was ok
bookshelves: classics, ebook
Read from May 30 to June 27, 2012

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness

*sighs* <3 That has to be one of the best lines I have ever read. So beautiful, so poetic, holding passion and mystery and darkness. I LOVE that line.

Unfortunately, this isn't a review for that one line, now is it? And after that first period the book takes a dive down into the depths of dry, boring, wordy to the point of insaneness, I won't be reading this again land. Not to say it didn't have it's good parts. The characters I found very flat but interesting (I really liked the idea behind Tomlinson{sp?}) the twist at the end I didn't see coming, the end itself a bit flat and very very drawn out. Like, it said, "The End" and then it went all, "But oh, you probably want to hear about these two characters and where they ended up. And that philosophizing thief, he wrote these papers for his students, why don't you ready about 15 pages of them...

Oh, and chapter 27 or some such number, which made me no longer respect the author as an author. It was literally this:

....Chapter XXVII
[Some quote or other]
Peter MacGrawler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chapter XXVIII...

And I'm not exaggerating the exclamation points. Lytton was a bit out of his time, apparently, because that looks like a 21st century teenagers text more than a classic novel.

Anyway, I have read the "It was a dark and stormy night" book, and yet another classic, and that makes it enough for me to be glad I read it. If interesting was the only thing I was reading for… well, I'd be searching for something else.

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Reading Progress

06/24/2012 "I'm sorry. I really am. This is a dry book, but I had accepted it as such. But Chapter 27 has come, and it has made me no longer respect this book. >.> I'll explain once I finish the book and actually write a review. But... grr."

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CheshRCat Myself, I kind of love the Peter MacGrawler thing, in a weird way. I know he wasn't trying to be funny with that chapter, but I killed myself laughing when I reached it. It would have been awesome in a satire.

I wonder if there's an audiobook version of this? And if so, if the reader screams that line?

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