Girl in a Blue Dress
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back to me, Sujie
What a strange book. I should be beyond being surprised by Booker longlist choices by now. For most of the book I wanted to slap the weak Dorothea. She finds her strength and redemption towards the end so abruptly that I did not find it believable at all, though I was relieved! I'm a huge Charles Dickens fan and do not want to think that the character of Alfred is based in any way on Dickens. I felt that the passages starring Alfred could be set in Blackadder or another historical sendup with Alfred little more than a loathsome caricature or a costumed comic character, with little depth. The Alfred I read about could not produce literature comparable to Dickens! Queen Victoria makes a brief cameo, not entirely credible to me. I was irritated with myself that I was compelled to read this to the end!
I will PM Fleebo and pass this on soon.
Goodthinkingmax passed this on over brunch this morning for delivery to Fleebo at next tuesday's meetup.
I enjoyed this story a lot, although I am bemused by its presence on the Booker longlist... it just didn't feel all that "literary" despite being both historical and about the wife of an author. I agree with goodthinkingmax that Alfred's character did not remind me of Charles Dickens, although there are so many blindingly obvious parallels in their lives that it's impossible to argue that Alfred is NOT based on Dickens.
I can't really imagine the kind of wife that would have perfectly suited Alfred - he needed someone to both challenge and not challenge him: hard to find in just one person. Although it's easy to look down on Dodo for her consistently poor choices and capitulation, I certainly wouldn't have liked to be in her situation, trying to make the best of it. I'm not sure why I didn't find her to be weak, but I didn't.
Sending on to FreePages now!
The "Girl in the Blue dress" has been caught in Canberra!
She'll turn completely blue wearing that little off the shoulder number, it's bloody freezing here now.
Looks like my sort of thing, being a historical setting. I'll see how it goes.
Thanks Fleebo for sending it.
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Placed in the post today to livrecache. Enjoy :-)
I have a couple of rings ahead of it, but I look forward to reading it. Thanks to all who have been responsible for its travel thus far.
I too am surprised that this book was long-listed for the Booker and the Orange prizes. It was an enjoyable read, but very light weight. Maybe Alfred being a caricature was an intentional device, because many of Dickens' own character are caricature like. I thought Dodo was a bit wet, really, although she did seem to come into her own once the One and Only was dead. And, yes, I found the Queen Victoria section to be quite gratuitous.
Overall though, I was entertained by this book, and it well written, so that's a plus. Thanks for sharing, Sujie.
On its way to another bookcrosser. I hope you enjoy it.
With full-time work and part-time study I have little reading time, but I'll do my best. Give me a kick if I'm taking too long.
tqd asked to be skipped, so I have sent this book to miss-jo.
I'm not even sure why I had so much trouble with it. It's not hard to read but I really didn't care about it in any way and was, if anything, a little bored. Not good, not bad, just 'meh'.
Thank you Sujie. I'll pm jubby to get the girl moving again.
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