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Full of anachronistic American-isms,
This review is from: The Wayward Muse (Hardcover)
I am slightly obsessed by the Pre-Raphelites and William Morris, so when I saw this book, I snapped it up.
I am sort of in two minds as to how I feel about the book; the author has obviously done a lot of research but she lets herself down with the use of language in the novel. It's important to try and set the scene with language AND description- 19th century people in Oxford did not talk about 'sidewalks', autumn being 'fall' and children wearing 'rain slickers'. This just totally ruined the whole tone of the novel for me. Also, I felt that her portrayal of the characters was a little too one-dimensional and sketchy. A lot of the cliches used about the people involved in the Pre-Raphelite movement are present here. If you want proper history and information, I'd recommend you start with something like 'Desperate Romantics' by Franny Moyle, which is written in an informative and entertaining way.
On the other hand, it is an easy read. It was a good break for me when I was too stressed to read anything heavy.