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Run to Earth A Novel [Kindle Edition]

M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835 - 1915) was a novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, performer, and short story writer of the Victorian period. She is best known for her sensation novel Lady Audley's Secret (1862). Apart from contributing plays, short stories, novels, poems, and essays to the popular periodicals of the day, including Punch and The World, Braddon also edited a literary magazine, Temple Bar, and founded another magazine, Belgravia. She was a prolific novelist and published 75 novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 524 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003I7VGB4
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00849469K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,029 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gothic mystery 10 July 2011
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I have previously read Lady Audley's Secret and consider this to be one of my favourite books. I was pleased, having recently purchased a Kindle, to be able to download some fabulous Mary E Braddon novels and certainly enjoyed Run to Earth.
The blend of mystery and gothic horror in the narrative is engaging, the strong female charactors portray an interesting side of Victorian life.
The ending in spite of depending heavily on coincidences, brought our heroine the respect she so clearly deserved, having outwitted the rather dense male protagonists so keen to engineer her downfall!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly-plotted, intricately woven and FREE!! 7 Jun. 2013
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I'm a big fan of the Victorian Sensationalist novel and one of the very best things about Kindle is the amount out there that is available absolutely free of charge!! This was a novel I had not heard of previously, from a favourite Victorian author, and as usual, it didn't disappoint. I suppose Braddon's most famous novel was Lady Audley's Secret (which I studied at University, hence the introduction to the author), but I liked "Run to Earth" even more than Lady Audley.

There are three strands to the narrative - Valentine Jernam's murder, Sir Oswald's convoluted family history and George Jernam and his marriage to Rosamund. It's a Victorian sensationalist novel, so with extensive use of coincidence, the three strands are welded together nicely by the end, but in the meantime, it's quite good fun to follow each story along. Each has its own merits and interest for the reader.

There are some great characters in here - Victor Carrington's utter diabolical evilness and Black Milsom with his black looks and ways. I also loved Andrew Larkspur and there are some great comedy moments as he tries to generalise about women and their obsessions with "berlin wool work". It made me laugh a lot.

There's a lot to be learned about Victorian society here, despite the fact that this is clearly a work of fiction. Women are judged by their youth and appearance and one almost feels sorry for Lydia Graham with her relentless coquettishness in order to secure a rich husband (and pay her milliner's bill): "All my life I have been passed by for the sake of women in every attribute my inferiors. If I was unloved in the freshness of my youth and beauty, how can I expect to be loved now, when youth is past and beauty is on the wane?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sensational 10 Jun. 2012
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This is what makes the kindle worth while. I have only just discovered Mary Elizabeth Braddon and have downloaded several of her books for free. What a pity this novelist is not better known. This is not great literature but she writes extremely well. Her delineation of Lydia Graham ( a minor character in the novel) and her disasterous attempts to secure a rich husband match anything Jane Austen could write. True, there are a lot of coincidences which make the plot improbable and thereare too many subplots which seem to lead nowhere. Nevertheless such is the mastery with which the plot is handled that you hardly seem to notice. This was a real page turner which I just couldn't put down. If you haven't read this novelist before, start now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and masterful story 15 Aug. 2008
Braddon books have a very good hit rate (Lady Audley's Secret is, ironically enough, the worst I've read) and Run to Earth doesn't disappoint. From the very first page it grips the reader with a twisting fast-paced story and never lets go. 100% recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging melodrama 7 July 2014
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The book begins with Valentine Jernam, captain of a trading brigantine, and his factotum, the hunchbacked Joyce Harker, together in a seedy London pub. There Jernam hears a girl with a sublime voice entertaining the rough drinkers there and he falls instantly in love. Jernam has come into a good sum of money which he will not entrust to the banks and is foolish enough to let others in the pub know this. The girl is Jenny Milsom and she is the heroine of the story. Her many adventures and sufferings form the body of this Victorian melodrama, very well told by ME Braddon, who deserves to be much better known.
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