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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 31 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Miss Marjoribanks (Penguin Classics) (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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Initial post: 3 Mar 2011 19:23:05 GMT
Louise K says:
Does not compare well to the three authors mentioned. Nor does she write nearly so well as Gaskell. Dickens succeeds better in his overblown characters - Mrs Oliphant's when they exist are repetitive and not well nuanced. Trollope has wonderful story-telling and compelling characters and Elliot excels in the smaller details of her novels. I would choose any in preference to this novel. Especially Trollope.
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