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Shirley (aka Shazza from Bridget Jones...?),
This review is from: Shirley (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
As one of the other reviewers suggests, this isn't an easy read, there really is so much packed into each sentence, and it's a pretty hefty tome too! It's very much worth sticking at it.
For me, this is the first novel of its type which made me truly understand the precarious (and very lonely) position of a lot of women at that time... at one point, Caroline struck me almost as a Bridget Jones of her time... (with Shirley picking up the pieces (and not a bottle of Chardonnay in sight)) being denied a career as a governess by her guardian yet having no wealth to attract a husband... (OK so the Bridget Jones analogy is stretching it a little bit). It's very much more than merely taking tea, dancing and a barouche-landau here and there, the commentary on the poverty and social upheaval is a fascinating insight.