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A Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell
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Sep 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: four, 2010
Read in January, 2010

At first I thought I would be disappointed and was disturbed that I could think such a think of an Orwell book. The first chapter was incredibly slow goings; alas, the story became infinitely more interesting. It became more and more intense and dramatic as the narrative went along. By the time I reached the last chapter I was on the proverbial edge of my seat.

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When Dorothy first revealed that she had lost her faith, I was beyond shocked. I couldn't believe that such a revelation was so quickly mentioned and forgotten, with reason!
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Near the end, I must admit that I nearly shed one single man tear at Mr. Warburton's vision of Dorothy's future as a single woman. I hated him so much and the scene was so dramatic that the combination was almost embarrassingly powerful.

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Fascinating point: If you read only the first and last chapters, it would appear that nothing had occurred during the read of the novel. This blows my mind. Does this mean it was a good ending or a bad ending (Glass half empty or full)?
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I laughed so hard when Mr. Warburton said, "I generally try to pass myself off as an American." My how times have changed.
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message 1: by Wayne (new)

Wayne Thanks for an interesting review,Brandon.
I DO like and admire Orwell, but have never read any of his novels, except for "1984".
One reviewer here called Orwell"mysogonistic" which seems like a misreading to me.
I DO hope I can get time to read this and I'll try your 'first and last' chapter trick.
I actually did that with Ian McEwan's much lauded "Atonement" and wondered what the hell he could have put inbetween.
Not much.
Dreadful damn book!!!
Happy Reading from Wayne,Sydney, Australia.

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