Electricity: A Novel

by Victoria Glendinning | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0312151179 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbookczukwing of Charleston, South Carolina USA on 7/6/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbookczukwing from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Thursday, July 06, 2006
I read this a while ago, on loan from a friend, and recently found a copy at Goodwill. Interesting book. It has stuck with me over the past year or two, and I find that at odd, stray moments, something from it pops back to mind.

In Victorian England, electricity is the latest scientific marvel, a fireless light that announces the dawn of a new era. But for Charlotte Mortimer, electricity yields something more. When she weds an ardent young engineer - a man who embraces electricity as both a vocation and a religion - she escapes the humdrum verities of her parents' lives. But her husband's commission to wire the estate of a country gentleman leads Charlotte to a disorienting swirl of new ideas, sensations, and passions. She discovers electricity of a different sort with the elegant and magnetically seductive master of the house. She plays with fire. And she goes too far. In this astonishing novel, Victoria Glendinning captures one young woman's progress through a tumultuous fin-de-siecle world - a world that mirrors some of our own late-century foibles. As technology advances and old values come into question, confused seekers read Darwin by day and attend seances at night. Amid these jolting social currents, Charlotte must discover her own powers and take control of her own fate.

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Journal Entry 3 by MartiP on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Nabbed from bookczuk at the meetup.

Journal Entry 4 by MartiP on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I very much enjoyed this - the pace is measured, the writing restrained (I'm one who likes that), and the heroine, for me, is rescued by the fact that she does not whine and make excuses for herself. I find it hard to dislike people who regard themselves with dispassionate honesty, even if their failings are many.

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