- Tapa blanda: 362 páginas
- Editor: HardPress Publishing (1 de agosto de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1290769311
- ISBN-13: 978-1290769310
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The Doctor's Wife, a Novel by the Author of Lady Audley's Secret (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ago 2012
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I can't give the book a bad rating because of that, though, because it is MY ignorance and not anything that MEB had done wrong.
The MAIN character, Isabell Sleaford Gilbert, is a very ''interesting'' one even though she is sometimes a bit hard to understand. But the ''being hard to understand'' parts were the FUN parts of reading the book – most of the time. In spite of my ignorance of those ''classics'' references, I was able to ''get'' Isabell in my own way.
For the MINOR characters in the book, where those references were used; again, in my own way, I was able to ''get'' them well enough, too.
So for those of you who are on roughly the same knowledge level (of those classics) as I am, this is fair warning.
For those of you who are by far more well-read than I, this book might very well be right up your ally! And you will understand why it is impossible for me to give it a bad rating. I respect Braddon very much for giving those nods to the classics, giving an in-the-know reader of those MUCH more depth to the characters in THIS book than I was capable of having. And I envy you that. Not enough to READ them, though! I'm too lazy to go THAT far! I did ''make do,'' though, in being able to enjoy this book very much.
In fact, this novel is a combination of Austen's Northanger Abbey and Lennox's The Female Quixote. One could make a strong argument that the character of Isabel Gilbert is lifted directly from Lennox's lead character Arabella in The Female Quixote. Both characters have educations that have been sorely neglected by their parents and both live in relative isolation from the rest of the world; drawing their ideas of life and love from the sentimental fiction they immerse themselves in.
The primary difference between the two works is that Lennox adopts a more satirical, humorous approach to her work. Her character (Arabella) finds herself in all sorts of embarrassing and foolish situations and almost ruins her life, but thankfully falls short of it. On the other hand, Braddon's novel takes on a more serious tone. Unfortunately, Isabel Gilbert's foolish notions draw her into marrying a man she does not love. Though, ironically those same notions keep her faithful to him. There is no true happy ending for Isabel, though Braddon wisely does not punitively make it so. After all, Isabel throughout is as innocent and naive in her heart, even when making the worst of decisions. Things are the way they are, as a result of Isabel's decisions.
Braddon does not decry the Romantics of the age (Tennyson, Byron, etc) as terrible authors (though she is unmerciful to the "sensation" novels of her day). Like Austen did with her Romantic contemporaries, she gives credit to their talent while strongly warning against emulating their fiction or adopting their idealogy in real life. Though not quite as good as Northanger Abbey or The Female Quixote, Braddon does a credible job of making her point in The Doctor's Wife.
Perhaps Braddon channeled Madame Bovary; if so, you should stick to your own ideas, Mary! Madame Bovary fit her time and place and mood, and although she was not the most sympathetic of characters, at least she had dimension. Isabel was too shallow to be allowed to walk around by herself. Please see maryelizabethbraddon.blogspot.com if you wish to discuss any of Braddon's books.