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Hester [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Oliphant
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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HESTER, first publsihed in 1883, is both a remarkable portrayal of two strong women and a fascinating study of capitalism and the family - those two solid mainstays of Victorian England.

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A triumph of psychological drama, Hester tells the story of a conflict between two women, Catherine Vernon and Hester. Catherine is the matriarch of a large family and head of its bank, and the novel tells the tale of how the young Hester came into conflict with the matriarch over her role in society.

Margaret Oliphant was one of the great novelists of the Victorian era, and Hester is widely considered to be her masterpiece.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1481 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7W8G5S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This was the first of Oliphant's novels that I have come across, and, having finished it, I'm genuinely surprised that she isn't more widely read - as another reviewer has said, she certainly gives Trollope a run for his money, and I'm a big fan of Trollope. 'Hester' gives a very different view of the status of women in the 19th century, well worth reading for anyone interested in 19th century literature or history. However, it's also a genuinely well-written, enjoyable novel, with strong characters and a well-thought out plot. It's less a novel of suspense and more a novel of subtle character development, as we see the ageing, wealthy, businesswoman Catherine Vernon's relationship with the young, penniless, Hester, who is prevented from going out to work by her family's pride. Well worth reading!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful tale from a lesser known 19C author 13 Jan 2008
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is the story of Catherine and Hester Vernon, and the relationship between the two women and the one man whom both of them loved; Catherine as a son and Hester as a woman. Catherine once saved the family bank from ruin at the hands of Hester's reckless father when he fled the country in disgrace, and Hester and her mother return years later as paupers living at the charity of cousin Catherine, as do several other assorted Vernon relatives. Hester makes a poor impression on Catherine on her first day there and for years the two women barely tolerate each other. Catherine rules the "Vernonry" as it's called where those relatives live in relative comfort and she amuses herself watching their minor quirks and foibles as they gossip and interact with each other. As Hester matures, she catches the eye of two of her cousins, Harry and Edward Vernon, Edward being the apple of Catherine's eye and loved as she would her own son. Edward chafes under Catherine's thumb and plots to free himself forever, but he must find a way to obtain funds to do so, which could lead to the downfall of all the Vernons and the bank.

Sound boring? Actually it's not; it's a fascinating tale of two women and their intertwining relationships between themselves and others. I loved the secondary characters, especially the two Misses Vernons, such delightfully catty old maids! Oliphant does a fine job of setting her scenes and giving you a wonderful in depth look at a slice of Victorian England.

Just be warned, this is not an action packed, sit on the edge of your seat, can't put it down until its finished type of novel. This is a story to savor and enjoy the multi-faceted characters like a fine red wine or a box of chocolates (or both!!).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This reprint is only volume 3 of the full 3 volumes (nineteenth-century novels were generally published in 3 volumes). The publishers do not say this. I advise people to buy one of the other editions, although there is enough drama in the final volume to make even an incomplete story a good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An extremely poor Kindle version 20 Jan 2014
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The book itself is a marvellous read, and Margaret Oliphant certainly deserves to be up there with the greats. Particularly impressive are her radical views on the role of women in society. However this Kindle edition is littered with typographical errors which seriously interrupt the reading. I began highlighting the errors, but simply gave up in the end as there were so many - 3 or 4 per page in some sections. A character called Roland is printed as Boland countless times. At a crucial point where the family home (called The Grange) is to be sold, the Kindle version brings its own unique take on the text by reading 'The Orange was to be sold'. 'He fully understood' is rendered as 'He frilly understood' 'He had gone' reads as 'He bad gone'. Ampersands and other symbols enter at random, full stops appear in the middle of sentences all over the place, and all in all it's a pretty poor show. Perhaps acceptable if it were a freebie or a 99p buy, but it's not. In fact I think I'll ask for a refund.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled by transcription. 15 Jan 2014
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A good read with an intricate weave of characters. The transcription however was poor with frequent non-alpha characters or misspellings.
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