Saturday, November 30

Book Review: The Female Quixote

Title: The Female Quixote; or The Adventures of Arabella

Author: Charlotte Lennox

Pages: 428

Summary: Brought up by her widowed father in a remote English castle, Arabella resorts to reading the French novels popular in her mother's youth, an in the solitude of this Arcadia paints a picture of her life as adventurous and deeply romantic. When her father dies, however, she inherits a barbed legacy: if she is not to lose part of the estate it appears she must marry her cousin Glanville. But Arabella has developed a different, private code of conduct which does not allow her to take any role but centre stage in the drama of her own life; her literary heroines are always in control.

My Rating: 4/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was a struggle to get through. While I loved the writing, pretty much everything else about the book I disliked, a lot. I get it was a satire, but the book never clicked right with me. Arabella is a very disagreeable character, and because she's the main book, it made me dislike the book even more.

I found it to be very repetitive, after a while even the small amount of humour I got from Arabella's antics got boring, not to mention gave me the urge to give her a smack upside the head. I didn't like the way it ended either, for a book that took it's time to give the story, the ending felt rushed and it didn't seem to fit with the rest of the story.

Like with many books from this time, I do like the intimate feeling the book has with the reader. The author addresses the reader, so it has a different feel to it, when it's written this way. I can't explain it, but I just love when the book is written like this. The writing was lovely, it was a bit off putting having random capitalized letters in the middle of sentences, but it was kept close to its original form, and although it took some time to get use to, I eventually forgot about it.

Overall, it wasn't the best read, while I loved the writing, the rest of the book was just a bit of a dud.

Would I recommend it to read: I don't think I would recommend this one, as far as classics go, this one just didn't work out, not one I would say would be a good choice to read, when there are a lot of other classics that are far better than this one.

What to read next: More classics from the time period, the individual stories may not always interest me, but the writing is just lovely.

Challenges: Alphabet Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge

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