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Miss Marjoribanks [Kindle Edition]

Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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MISS MARJORIBANKS is one of her Chronicles of Carlingford. Exquisite and entertaining comedies of Victorian provincial Society.

About the Author

Marjorie Oliphant, the Scottish writer whose portrayals of provincial life have been compared to George Eliot and Anthony Trollope, publishe dnearly 100 novels including the famous MISS MARJORIEBANKS.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQMKQFG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful nineteenth century classic 21 Nov. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The indomitable Lucilla Marjoribanks is one of the best nineteenth century heroines you're ever likely to encounter. This humane and humorous book is Middlemarch meets Cold Comfort Farm as Lucilla, whose object in life is 'to be a comfort to poor papa' sorts out the lives of all and sundry while manoeuvering herself into position as Queen of Carlingford, the local neighbourhood. The young Lucilla promises Papa ten years before she hits thirty and 'begins to go off'. In her firm but benevolent reign she fends off suitors, arranges marriages, appoints suitable political candidates helping them win elections, with no other motive than her awareness that she's the only one with any ability to get things done properly. Oliphant's characters are all well drawn, from Nancy, the cook, famous for her sauces, to Mrs Woodburn, who 'takes off' her neighbours. Her clerics are funny and poignant and her Carlingford series, of which this is a part, gives Trollope more than a run for his money. This forgotten classic (revived periodically to no avail) should be read by anyone whose ever enjoyed a nineteenth century novel. Lucilla is a character to live in your head for the rest of your life. Wonderful stuff.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight! 4 May 2007
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
What a great find, and refreshing as it lacks much of the high melodrama so common in most 19th century literature. Miss Lucilla Marjoribanks comes home from school determined to be a comfort to dear papa and sets the good doctor and the entire town on their ears, with her brilliant manipulations.

The characters are wonderful, the story has lots of ups and downs that Lucilla is always capable of meeting with great ingenuiuty and fortitude. There are many wonderful moments and lots of laughter along with a few tears. Highly recommended, particularly for anyone who enjoys 19th century English literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The incomparable Miss Marjoribanks 1 Nov. 2013
By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
At the age of eighteen, Lucilla Marjoribanks returns home to Carlingford from her boarding school Mount Pleasant, avowedly 'to be a comfort to dear Papa' (her father, the good doctor Marjoribanks, having been widowed a couple of years earlier). That, however, is not her only purpose! In returning to Carlingford Lucilla is also, as she says to herself, 'entering the domain in which she intended her will to be law'. And true enough, Lucilla sets to work with an energy and intelligence which rapidly leaves all members of Carlingford society baffled. In a short time, they all find themselves competing to be invited to one of her Thursday evenings (not parties mind you, 'just an Evening'), and generally complying with her view of how things should be.

The doctor's own experience is telling: the very first morning after Lucilla's arrival when he comes down to breakfast, he finds her seated at the foot of the table, where he usually sits and has always sat as head of the family. With 'ingenuous sweetness', Lucilla in a matter of minutes convinces him it's all for the better this way, and the doctor 'became aware all the same that he had abdicated, without knowing it, and that the reins of state had been smilingly withdrawn from his unconscious hands'.

Does this make Lucilla Marjoribanks some kind of arch-manipulator? Well, that would be taking matters too far perhaps, because there is never any malice involved in anything Lucilla does, she is quite simply absolutely convinced (in a naive and 'likeable' sort of way) that her opinion is the right and proper opinion. And neither does it imply that Lucilla doesn't have her moments of doubt concerning her own life: how about marriage for instance?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 Aug. 2009
By Lili_K
Format:Paperback
Miss Marjoribanks is a brilliantly written, classic novel, undeservedly overlooked by readers and critics for a long time. Its protagonist, Lucilla Marjoribanks, deserves to be mentioned in line with the best comic heroines, Jane Austen's Emma Woodhouse among them.

Miss Marjoribanks, armed with a natural born good sense and the useful knowledge of political economy acquired in the school Mount Pleasant, sets forth for her hometown, Carlingford. Her aim is "to be a comfort to poor papa", the widowed doctor and to conquer and reform society with perfect goodwill, good intentions and with much talent, with well-wishers and antagonists, expected or unexpected suitors, & etc on the way.

The story is told with a most delightful irony capturing society and the different characters with subtlety and insight. Mrs Oliphant is more than a match to Anthony Trollope, George Elliot or Charles Dickens and it is a shame she should go unmerited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a find! 23 May 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this book. It is the first of Mrs Oliphant's 'Chronicles of Carlingford' that I have ever read, and I went on at once to download and read more. This isn't the first in the series of books, and I'm now going to read them in order.
What I loved most about the book was Mrs Oliphant's insight into human psychology. Miss Marjoribanks (towards the end of the book, we discover that the name should be pronounced 'Marshbanks') is a terrific creation and, as I read her story I found myself, and particularly my mistakes, illuminated to me. Lucilla seems a living, breathing, flawed yet quite admirable person. She's one of those people who seem to have an instinct for the most advantageous thing to do in every circumstance, and yet who is both kind and truthful. Her strength is an asset to the whole town, as well as to her family and friends. She is a strong and managing person, but she does not understand at all that her dominance might be annoying. She is simply doing her best for everyone and, on the whole she succeeds.
I loved, too, the picture of society in a small town. Margaret Oliphant grew up in Scotland, but Carlingford is in England. Since she lived at Windsor for thirty years, I imagine it may b e the inspiration for her fictional town. She tells us that it is 'near town' by which I think she means reasonably near London. It is a smallish town, but big enough to have the possibility of being chosen as the seat of a bishopric. It has its slums, but the Chronicles of Carlingford focus largely on the small, upper-class community living in Grange Lane. It is a mannered society with strict rules of conduct and one which particularly restricts women to the domestic scene.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful.
God knows what possessed me to buy this but I'm so glad I did.
I love books from this era and this is one of the best, beautifully written and very witty.
Published 4 months ago by stevieb
5.0 out of 5 stars Female alternative to Dickens?
What I like about Mrs. Oliphant's heroines is that they are not victims, even though they are living in an age when women had few rights as individuals. Read more
Published 10 months ago by tangles
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
This book will not appeal to everyone. The humour is ironic and wordy, Jane Austen only more so. It was broadcast on BBC Radio a few years ago. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ruth Book
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful description of the background to feminism.
Mrs Oliphant. Draws a convincing picture of society as it moves towards modern day preoccupations, which are so exactly the same. Read more
Published 11 months ago by anthea
4.0 out of 5 stars A missed Classic
Very entertaining, easier to read than many Victorian female authors, witty and inciteful. Made me want to read more of the Carlingford series
Published 14 months ago by bridget craddock
3.0 out of 5 stars miss marjoribanks
The book is very long winded. It takes a long time before anything happens, and there is a great deal of repetition .
Published 15 months ago by Joyce Crocker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my All Time Favourite Books
I read Miss Marjoribanks about 15 years ago and it's a book I've always meant to read again and I'm glad I finally did so. It was just as good as I remembered. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Marjoribanks
Fascinating picture of mid-Victorian provincial life. Good social satire.
I see no point in expanding comments that are already succint and summarise my response to the book.
Published 22 months ago by Hilary P
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales From Victorian Provincial Life
Miss M determines to establish some culture and social graces into her provincial town, and is headstrong enough to do it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Russell James
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Victorian female novelist
A sadly underrated novelist, mrs Oliphant has produced here one of her finest works. Set in Carlingford, as are most of her books, it details the life of the local doctor's... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Richard Saunders
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