- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Sort of Books (8 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956003893
- ISBN-13: 978-0956003898
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Helen Paperback – 8 Jul 2010
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A satisfying drama, full of twists and turns for us to really get our teeth into (Bookbag)
[Helen] is a revelation to me and I am grateful for having been put in the way of its wit, its daring and its seriousness (not to be confused with solemnity) of intention. (Brian MacFarlane Inside Story)
An intriguing and invigorating breath of Regency splendour and scandal (Rosemary Goring The Herald)
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The book is full of quotable phrases and sparkling apercus, and it delves deeply and compellingly into the nature and implications of different degrees of truth and falsehood. And although Edgeworth wrote about the same society in the same era as Jane Austen, the style of dialogue is entirely different, and words are often used in ways that will be intriguingly unfamiliar, probably even to readers well-versed in 19th century novels.
The plot is very reminiscent of Jane Austen, and it's a very enjoyable tale. It does seem over-long though; an interminable and largely pointless scene in a dentist is just infuriating when one is dying to know what happens next!
The biggest flaw is down to the publisher. The book is packed full of irritating typos and words that have been incorrectly copied - a word that can only be 'titles' is rendered as 'tides' for instance. 'Startled' is 'started'. 'Marry' becomes 'many', 'smooth' 'sooth', 'him' 'hint', 'mail' 'hail', 'stern' 'stem' and 'furnished' 'finished', to name a handful! On top of that, there are frequent errors of punctuation, occasional confusion of footnotes, and now and then a sentence that appears to have words missing so that it makes no sense at all.
These are the kinds of errors that arise when publishers rely on spell-checks and don't bother to proof-read properly.Read more ›
Helen Stanley, left impoverished on her uncle's death, is offered a home with her childhood friend Lady Cecilia and her husband, the stern but righteous General Clarendon. Another important character is the wise Lady Davenant (Cecilia's mother) whose thoughts on morals and life are much valued by Helen - only Lady Davenant could pronounce a character 'constitutionally wilful and metaphysically vacillating'!
Problems start to arise through Cecilia's untruthful nature, where ultimately she leaves her friend to take the blame for her own doings... Helen is utterly righteous all the time, so I started to get fed up with her self sacrificing spirit. This is where for me, Maria Edgeworth cannot reach the levels of her 'rival' Jane Austen.
Nonetheless turns out to be quite an exciting read!
I cannot believe that this is the first 5* review - I thought this was a fascinating and beautifully written novel. Parts were literally laugh-out-loud hilarious (apologies for the cliché). The characters were well-drawn, all with believable faults but likeable nonetheless. The story itself is so original - far more sophisticated than the plots of various other novels of the era. It's quite psychological - I found myself wondering what on earth I would do if I were in the place of Helen, the protagonist. It's also fun to look for similarities to Jane Austen, whom Maria Edgeworth influenced heavily. I was interested to read the rather stern but kind-hearted Clarendon say that once his mind was made up, he rarely changed it; rather similar to Mr Darcy's claim that his good opinion once lost is lost forever, I thought!
I can't recommend this book highly enough - if you love Jane Austen, I'm almost certain you'll love this.
Ignore the comparisons with Jane Austen, as you may be disappointed. This novel does not have the economy and the bristling wit of Austen, or the sustained insight and more complex characterisation of 'Wives and Daughters', which apparently the novel influenced. There is also rather too much fainting towards the end, and I personally found Helen's patience increasingly unconvincing. The strength of it lies in the picture of the corrosive London set, the presentation of Helen's dilemma mid-way through the novel, and what is to my knowledge the first chapter set in a dentist's!
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immensely enjoyable...if you enjoy jane austen this is a very entertaining readPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
A new discovery, and I loved it ~ nearly as good as Jane Austen but not quite as amazing to me.Published on 22 May 2013 by Sara McCREA
I'm finding quite difficult. But I'm liking it. The characters seem to have a lot to say, and waffle on. This is my first book from this era. I am going to finish it.Published on 17 May 2013 by Helen Ward