on 5 May 2001
Lady Morgan tells a story of troubled yound man who gets banishment from his homeland. His father, and english lord, sends him off to Ireland to live in his estate there. His percection of Ireland is not the best. Get this book and discover the things he learns about what his own homeland did to the people he comes to love.
Lady Morgon wrote this book in a series of letters .. from one person to the other. She documents a lot of her writing as footnotes to help you better understand the meaning of irish words and phrases she has wrote. Although some may feel this is a nuisance, I find that is most helpful in learning about irish culture through her eyes.
I had a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know more and more!
Excellent book :)
on 13 January 2013
I already have a copy - I bought this for Glasgow Women's Library, because they tweeted a request for suggestions of which books they should have. Owenson was Irish, not Scottish (Celtic, see?), but her impact was considerable. She was also as diligent as Lady Gaga in terms of self-promotion, early 19th-century style. She dressed as her heroine, the 'wild Irish girl' of the title, did her hair like Glorvina, and played her harp at parties - anything to promote her books.
The hero stumbles across Glorvina and her father's ruined castle, and is taken in by them when he falls and hurts himself. Her father was a deposed Irish king, and there's much about regret for times gone by, and sweet old Irish music, etc. Gothic, yes, but an enjoyable read. If you like the Brontes, you'll probably enjoy this too,
on 27 February 2015
I can honestly say I loved it -and love it in a larger sense. Not a great novel, perhaps, but a key book in the quest of Irish historical self-understanding - and a monument to a certain kind of romantic egoism which was a compelling as Ossian was in an earlier generation. Readers will be attracted to this book not by its immediate appeal as a 'novel' but by its status as foundational text and then they will be charmed by the richly odd-ball manner of its chapters. Like her heroine Glorvina, Lady Morgan was learned in the batty antiquarian fashion of her era but she was also inspired by an intense sense of injured Irish dignity and provided her readership with a set of polite emotions which amounted to a call for the political restitution of Irish nationhood -- the "nation once again" of the Young Irelanders and every independence movement after them. As a semi-Catholic in Anglo-Irish Dublin she was a marvellous interloper on the Georgian scene but also a scene-changer and her own finest character. This book is her brand-name creation.
on 29 January 2014
Beyond awful. By far the worst book I've ever read. Essentially an extended exercise in purple prose, sentimentality (and not of the excusable Dickensian type). The only reason this thing is still in print is because a few feminist literary critics have tried to place it within a context of 19th century women's writing and a few other deluded critics have attempted to assert its importance as a social document, consequently putting it on undergraduate reading lists. Granted, it was immensely popular in its day, but so were the works of Dickens, which, by and large, are still very readable today.I commend Owenson's immense knowledge of Ireland and her diligent research but the sheer volume of footnotes throughout the book ruin any semblance of a fluid reading experience. Letter V of this epistolary novel is particularly excruciating. And later, at the grand climax,, the 'Conclusion' chapter, 'A convulsive shriek burst from the lips of Glorvina. She raised her eyes to heaven, then fixed them on her unfortunate lover, and dropped lifeless into his arms-a pause of indescribable emotions succeeded. The priest, aghast, gazed on the hapless pair; thus seemingly entwined in the embrace of death. The priest transfixed with pity and amazement let fall the sacred volume from his hands. Emotions of an indescribable nature mingled in the countenance of the bridegroom.'