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Aurora Floyd: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Mary Elizabeth Braddon
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Faint streaks of crimson glimmer here and there amid the rich darkness of the Kentish woods. Autumn's red finger has been lightly laid upon the foliage--sparingly, as the artist puts the brighter tints into his picture; but the grandeur of an August sunset blazes upon the peaceful landscape, and lights all into glory.

The encircling woods and wide lawn-like meadows, the still ponds of limpid water, the trim hedges, and the smooth winding roads; undulating hill-tops, melting into the purple distance; laboring-men's cottages, gleaming white from the surrounding foliage; solitary roadside inns with brown thatched roofs and moss-grown stacks of lop-sided chimneys; noble mansions hiding behind ancestral oaks; tiny Gothic edifices; Swiss and rustic lodges; pillared gates surmounted by escutcheons hewn in stone, and festooned with green wreaths of clustering ivy; village churches and prim school-houses--every object in the fair English prospect is steeped in a luminous haze, as the twilight shadows steal slowly upward from the dim recesses of shady woodland and winding lane, and every outline of the landscape darkens against the deepening crimson of the sky.

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"invaluable...provides copious explanatory notes, appendices containing reviews and writings on femininity, and a thorough introduction." -- Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

P. D. Edwards is Darnell Professor of English at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also the editor of several Trollope titles in World's Classics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 1173 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Lady Audley's Secret... 1 Aug. 2000
To modern eyes, as with Braddon's other cracking bestseller, Lady Audley's Secret, the plot revelations may seem a bit transparent, but to the contemporary readers of a genre which was self-consciously pushing back the boundaries of what could be incorporated into literature, there must have been a guilty tension between what they imagined in their heads and what they scarcely dared to imagine could be set down on the page. A thoroughly gripping read, rich in mid-Victorian domestic and social detail, with Braddon equally adept at comedy, suspense and melodrama. (Presumably George Eliot was an admirer, since she used the name of one of the heroes, Bulstrode, for a character in Middlemarch, a decade later.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could Be Lady Mellish's Secret? 15 Nov. 2009
Aurora Floyd confused me slightly at the start until I realised the opening chapter wasn't actually about our heroine, though whether that's a justifiable label for her is debatable during the book, and is in fact about her mother. Once the tale of Aurora herself starts we head into sensation territory with a big secret that Aurora carries. Now though the blurb on the back of the book gives everything away, I don't want to. Suffice to say that once happily married, after quite a turbulent set of proposals and suitors, the past comes back to haunt Aurora as she nestles happily married to John Mellish, a character I adored. What the blurb doesn't give away is though the secret becomes revealed a murder takes place leaving a wonderful whodunit suddenly and the whole feel of the book changes once more.

I will admit that I did struggle with this book to start of. Whilst by the end I understood the need for Aurora's heritage to be shown, at the beginning it seemed an irrelevant chapter and I wont lie it did throw me into a small confusion, in fact the first few chapters did as everything gets set up very quickly before a hundred and fifty pages of gentle hinting and romantic interludes which didn't thrill me. It was the last 170 pages or so that made the wait worthwhile as the twists and turns I wasn't expecting suddenly came to light. Ok so the plot isnt too far from Lady Audley's Secret but I loved the characters both good and bad in this book so very much. If you like Victoriana, melodrama, classics and sensation novels then this is a must read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real drama and excitement 29 July 2009
Aurora Floyd is a novel that has everything; drama, crime and implicit sexual shenanigans. Mary Braddon draws clear and perceptive characters and shows them in sharp and vibrant action. Over many years I have found that I can read this book again and again and still enjoy the description of some truly diverse characters each with his or her own story to tell. A wonderful book with delightfully fulsome yet clear narrative which insists that you turn over the page to see what happens next. This is
a splendid novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favourite 4 Dec. 2007
This is one of my very favourite novels. I've read it over and over again, and sometimes I just dip into it for pleasure. The characters almost walk off the pages, and it's a wonderful period piece if you are keen on Victoriana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent "sensation novel" 4 Jan. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and found it a real page turner. The story is about a rich young woman who is unwise enough to marry a fortune hunter. They separate and then she reads a newspaper report that he is dead. She remarries, and then he returns to blackmail her.... The book offers an interesting glimpse into a vanished Victorian world, and is full of interesting details. very good reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alas not Lady Audley 27 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
'Lady Audley's Secret' is one of my favourite novels of all time and I couldn't put it down (it ranks up there with 'The Woman in White' for the best examples of 'sensationalist' fiction). Unfortunately I found this book a real struggle to get through and, in terms of disappointment, this is up there with watching Alien 3 and the Matrix sequels after excellent earlier experiences. I'm glad that other people liked it, but it was a real let down for me.
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