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Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier
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Aug 26, 08

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in August, 2008

I never thought that the author of such a perfect novel as Rebecca could write anything I'd find tedious, but I found this novel about a mistress of the Duke of York circa 1805 and an ancestor of Du Maurier just that. For someone who has not read a lot on this period, Mary Anne Clarke's spunk and single-minded ruthlessness in living well and providing for her children a triumph of a downtrodden woman in a man's world. Her lack of scruples just made it hard to root for her, though the men she made fools of for the most part deserved it. It is an interesting sidetrip of Georgian British history, but not especially well-crafted as a novel, and much too long.
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