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Olive (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)

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Dinah Maria Craik, nee Dinah Maria Mulock, also often credited as Miss Mulock (1826-1887) was an English novelist and poet. She was determined to obtain a livelihood by her pen, and, beginning with fiction for children, advanced steadily until placed in the front rank of the women novelists of her day. She is best known for the novel John Halifax, Gentleman (1857). She fol ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 14th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1850)
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Laura McDonald
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book while perusing the LibriVox free audiobook archives. The summary said it was "a Jane Eyre variant". Jane Eyre is one of my favorites, so my curiosity was piqued. The main character, Olive, is not an orphan like Jane Eyre, but she suffers from a physical deformity that acts as a similar social impediment. One of my favorite things about this novel is that the characters are realistic and believably flawed. Olive's parents react with disgust that grows barely to tolerance when fi ...more
Lee Lacy
You're going to want to give up on this book. Don't.
Everything turns out okay in the end, but it is a long way there; it's not a woman's weepy; it's genuine tragedy and then redemption.
Here's a good quotation for a t-shirt:
"Alas! there is a madness worse than disease, a voluntary madness, by which a man—longing at any price for excitement, or oblivion—"puts an enemy into his mouth to steal away his brains."
Anne Schilde
I wanted to like this book. I tried hard to like this book. I'll let the author's own words explain why I didn't.

"...you may turn to the title page, and reading thereon, 'Olive, a Novel' may exclaim,'Most incongruous -- most strange!'"

That pretty much sums it up. I read neither. For most of the book the protagonist was a mere afterthought in what turned out to be an insufferable amount of fluff wrapped around a so-so story that could have easily been told in about 40 less chapters.

You could see
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Marya
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious, and so old-fashioned as to be frustrating.
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Dinah Maria Craik (born Dinah Maria Mulock, also often credited as Miss Mulock or Mrs. Craik) was an English novelist and poet. She was born at Stoke-on-Trent and brought up in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

After the death of her mother in 1845, Dinah Maria Mulock settled in London about 1846. She was determined to obtain a livelihood by her pen, and, beginning with fiction for children, adv
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