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Plodding nineteenth century novel
on 19 February 2016
I first read this when a teen and found it over long and quite tedious and wordy in places. Having decided to reread it in middle age I found my younger verdict still stood. If you've watched the marvellously entertaining Oliver Reed films, you might expect fast moving action, social comment, romance, jokes and adventure. Well, this isn't it. It is very long - standard, I suppose for novels of the time - and uses several words where one would be better, has whole chapters where very little happen and the plot crawls along. Now I don't think I am an intellectual lightweight as I have a doctorate in history and have had quite a few books published, but I found this book very dull in places and far too long. It is a tough read and not particularly rewarding.