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Evelina By Fanny Burney Edward A. Bloom Evelina Frances Burney s first and most enduringly popular novel is a vivid satirical and seductive account of the pleasures and dangers of fashionable life in late eighteenth century London As she describe

  • Title: Evelina
  • Author: Fanny Burney Edward A. Bloom
  • ISBN: 9780192840318
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • Evelina By Fanny Burney Edward A. Bloom Frances Burney s first and most enduringly popular novel is a vivid, satirical, and seductive account of the pleasures and dangers of fashionable life in late eighteenth century London As she describes her heroine s entry into society, womanhood and, inevitably, love, Burney exposes the vulnerability of female innocence in an image conscious and often cruel world where soFrances Burney s first and most enduringly popular novel is a vivid, satirical, and seductive account of the pleasures and dangers of fashionable life in late eighteenth century London As she describes her heroine s entry into society, womanhood and, inevitably, love, Burney exposes the vulnerability of female innocence in an image conscious and often cruel world where social snobbery and sexual aggression are played out in the public arenas of pleasure gardens, theatre visits, and balls But Evelina s innocence also makes her a shrewd commentator on the excesses and absurdities of manners and social ambitions as well as attracting the attention of the eminently eligible Lord Orville Evelina, comic and shrewd, is at once a guide to fashionable London, a satirical attack on the new consumerism, an investigation of women s position in the late eighteenth century, and a love story The new introduction and full notes to this edition help make this richness all the readily available to a modern reader.
    Evelina By Fanny Burney Edward A. Bloom

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      This is a very good 18th century epistolary novel The prose is precise and elegant, the voices of the various letter writers are well delineated and individualized, and the author makes us admire the heroine and fret over the difficulties which obstruct her happiness The two lovers the naive Evelina and the elegant Lord Orville exhibit sentiment and good sense even in the midst of misunderstandings in a way that looks forward to Austen, and the misunderstandings themselves are both credible and [...]

    2. Henry Avila on said:

      Once upon a time in a rural home, many miles from any city lived a girl of seventeen of exquisite beauty with a country parson the humble Reverend Arthur Villars, a kindly old man of the cloth, her foster parent Evelina of obscure birth, the rest of her name in doubt, maybe Anville, it s as good as any, besides one is required she loved and knew no other guardian from an epistolary novel of 1778 This lady needless to say unsophisticated in the ways of the world is about to set hearts beating fas [...]

    3. Sara on said:

      A delightful read A mix of Wilde s humor, Austen s perception, and Collins intrigue Even in those moments where I suspected exactly where the story was going, I felt so much pleasure in watching it unfold that it was not a moment s concern Poor Evelina, thrust upon the world without any armor but her good character to save her from the assaults of unscrupulous men, wanton women, ignorant relations and downright cruel associates, plods her way through the maze with a grace that makes you laugh wh [...]

    4. Wealhtheow on said:

      Written than thirty years before Austen s first novel was published, it concerns eighteenth century society rather than nineteenth century As such, I found myself constantly at a loss Before reading this book, I thought I had a good handle on the manners of the period I know the difference between a barouche, a phaeton, and a curricle, and that a lady would never stand up and leave a conversation, and that men knew classical languages and women, only modern And yet, I was utterly confused by Ev [...]

    5. Carol Clouds ꧁꧂ on said:

      3.5 This is the oldest work I have ever read by a female writer.I enjoyed this book at the start 18th century life particularly in London really came alive for me I admired Evelina s courage when she was left vulnerable in so many situations the way through my enjoyment started to ebb This is because Evelina was left vulnerable in so many situations By this time I had realised duh that I was reading a satire, but a lot of it felt quite repetitive I was thinking, Just get on with it when our hero [...]

    6. TheSkepticalReader on said:

      The only thing that halts this from being a 5 star read is that while this book is clearly very satirical, there were some parts of the novel that somewhat made me uncomfortable view spoiler Not a big deal to be honest but I wasn t able to really laugh it off when people by people, I mean Willoughby kept physically grabbing Evelina whenever they pleased As this is almost an assault, I felt uncomfortable trying to find humor there hide spoiler However, I do wish novels such as these existed Rare [...]

    7. Sherwood Smith on said:

      This reread struck me with just how thin the veneer of civilization is Burney was in her mid twenties when she wrote this and had probably been writing versions of it for ten years the central romance is very nearly bloodless, Evelina and Lord Orville being such paragons Their relationships is only interesting when Evelina thinks he wrote her an offensive letter, but one can just make out some human interest in the two when Orville keeps coming across Evelina in the most surprising places They s [...]

    8. Alex on said:

      Saw With Manners How in the world can you contrive to pass your time In a manner which your Lordship will think very extraordinary for the young lady reads First the good news Evelina is a story about introverts in love, and it has moments that are lovely I recognized my introverted wife in several passages Burney has an insightful touch with characterization, and an engaging writing style Evelina is rarely compelling to read, but it s usually pleasant.Now for the bad news unfortunately, the int [...]

    9. Ellen on said:

      If you think about the heroines in 18th century literature, most of them have a rather arduous time, e.g Moll Flanders hard knock life Defoe , Clarissa s determination to endure and persevere Richardson , Pamela s dull, methodical virtue Richardson , or Emily s inability to understand the floor plan Radcliffe In contrast, Evelina s character exudes spontaneity, and the book particularly set against the darker novels of this age seems sunny in comparison.Her novel is a true bildungsroman, for Eve [...]

    10. Shala K. on said:

      I read this because I was curious to know about the novels Jane Austen herself read And I must say that while this book has its strong points, its main effect is to increase my respect for how Austen reshaped the novel form Burney s book is amusing, but the characters seem to be defined almost entirely by a single characteristic They are either all good or all bad, entirely proper or thoroughly vulgar, fully conscious or fainted dead away There is little development of character through the boo [...]

    11. Issicratea on said:

      This is an engaging novel, as well as a historically interesting one I can see why it was a hit at the time It s uneven, and rather diffuse for modern tastes and the plot is artificial and implausible On the plus side, though, it has a real freshness and zest about it Evelina is an appealingly imperfect heroine the satire can be sharp and Burney handles the unforgiving structure of the epistolary novel far deftly than most Burney published Evelina anonymously at the age of twenty six, in 1778, [...]

    12. Marquise on said:

      Well This novel left me with feelings of dissatisfaction that threaten to overshadow all the initial enjoyment I got out of it.Primarily, it is that I believe the epistolary format was inadequate for the story, it only allows a mere glimpse into the setting through a very narrow and deficient slit We re confined to read everything mostly through Evelina s version of events in letters to her guardian, Mr Villars, and given that the heroine is an ing nue bordering on helpless maiden or silly princ [...]

    13. Peter on said:

      Fanny Burney s Evelina is a book I have often heard about but never seemed to get around to reading I m glad I did You can certainly see why Austen praised Burney so much, and it is evident that Evelina functioned as a template for Austen s novels This novel gives us a clear and candid look at a young woman as she tries to navigate her way around and through society There are the literary tropes of the title character initially not knowing the full story of her background, male suitors both fair [...]

    14. BAM The Bibliomaniac on said:

      Catching up with the classics 12I had such high hopes for this novel Hyped as THE ladies read of the late eighteenth century, it was so insipid I wanted to throw my phone and stop the audio play It had its shining Austen esque moments there is even a Willoughby , but not enough to satisfy Evelina learns how to deal with posh society at the hands at the not so well meaning adults in her life In fact they are fairly selfish and conniving She is a new born babe utterly clueless, artless, and it s q [...]

    15. Hannah on said:

      5 Stars Superb book I am genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book Not because I expected to not enjoy it but because I really didn t think I would enjoy it that much no other real reason I m a bit of a skeptical reader but this one won me over I don t remember why I put this on my to read list but I m glad I did Fanny Burney was Jane Austen s predecessor and inspiration, really I was hoping I would see some hints of Jane Austen in this book and I definitely did In this particular stor [...]

    16. Justin Evans on said:

      I ll admit that reading 18th century fiction is sometimes harder than I d like it to be The authors either don t know, or just don t abide by, the rules of fiction that we re all used to But and often I m struck instead by the sheer joy and verve that animates 18th century novels, and that often seems to have gone missing in the twentieth century and, obviously, this very much the case with Evelina There s not a whole lot of unity to the tale, and there are plenty of scenes that Burney include [...]

    17. Nicola on said:

      This was quite an unexpected delight I generally find books from this era a little hard going taken overall I enjoy them but the long winded and often oppressively religious and virtuous heroines can be a little trying to my patience at times Evelina, the eponymous heroine, was a pleasant surprise Yes, she was virtuous but she didn t make a parade of her virtue and didn t write a single line of poetry I can t remember if she ever even fainted but I don t think that she did What she did do was bl [...]

    18. Abigail Bok on said:

      Fanny Burney is like Jane Austen in pupal stage Her novels use the same marriage plot as the frame for social satire but what was in Burney s writing the promise of this premise was only elevated to high art by Austen Evelina is supposed to have been Jane Austen s favorite novel, and indeed one can often find echoes of familiar Austen characters or phrases in the book, betraying how deeply familiar it was to her it was published in 1778, when Jane Austen was a toddler One can t read Remember, my [...]

    19. Kate on said:

      Evelina, the first and best of Fanny Burney s novels, tells the story of a young girl, fresh from the provinces, whose initiation into the ways of the world is frequently painful, though it leads to self discovery, moral growth, and finally, happiness Hilarious comedy and moral gravity make the novel a fund of entertainment and wisdom Out of the graceful shifts from the idyllic to the near tragic and realistic, Evelina emerges as a fully realized character And out of its treatment of contrasts t [...]

    20. Jess on said:

      Dopo la seconda lettura, molto pi attenta e minuziosa rispetto alla prima effetti collaterali dell esame di letteratura inglese, suppongo , conosco questo romanzo quasi a memoria e non ne posso pi Ho dato tre stelline diciamo 3 e perch , tutto sommato, ho passato dei momenti piacevoli sfogliando le pagine ormai ingiallite di questo libro, anche se ha i suoi difetti La storia, di per s , non ha nulla di particolare Evelina, una ragazza cresciuta in campagna e dalla situazione familiare un po ince [...]

    21. Brad on said:

      I read Evelina for a class examining the British novel The epistolary nature of this novel makes it an interesting read because everything communicated has already happened I found the social customs and faux pas of the era to be somewhat fascinating The story is both funny and serious, sweet and sour, and happy and sad It has twists that you would never expect to see If you enjoy books like Pride and Prejudice, you would extract much enjoyment from Evelina.

    22. Summer on said:

      I know the exact date I read this book because right after I finished reading it aloud, to my boyfriend we eloped We ve been married seven years and while other couples have a song, we have a bookEvelina.

    23. Leslie on said:

      This 1778 novel reminded me of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, except for the epistolary writing Despite the somewhat predictable plot, the satirical social commentary is a lot of fun especially for those who are familiar with the social s of Georgian England.

    24. Mela on said:

      I can t believe I have done it I have finished it Ok, I can t tell I have read the whole book, because I skipped many, many paragraphs, but stillI ll start with good things.The story I mean the whole Evelina s background and how it was revealed was really good When I think of it I see an engaging and interesting base for a novel.Next, the characters gave additional value E.g Captain Mirvan and Madame Duval gave the funny side Sir Clement Willoughby and young Branghton messed in the main love sto [...]

    25. Seema Khan on said:

      3.5 4 for Evelina Well to start with, I had higher expectations from Evelina after having read Camilla and Cecilia because those books were outstanding Maybe the epistolary nature of Evelina is the one thing which I was not comfortable with, because logically thinking it is though not impossible but very difficult to reproduce word to word accounts of the conversations one has had And making a story flow in this medium was something I personally did not much like.Then the other thing that really [...]

    26. Renee M on said:

      There are many things I liked about this story of an innocent in London Society, and other things which were quite tedious The distinctly 18th Century humor is definitely not my thing But here and there were glimpses of subtlety The epistolary style is also one which seems to have been quite popular in the time period It can be used to great purpose Here, I found it constricting in many ways But it certainly underscores the isolation of Evelina in a world where those around her have a mode of c [...]

    27. Judy on said:

      Just started this, and can see already that I don t want to rush it Written 1778, capturing the manners and concerns of genteel folk, and their wonderfully observant eyes and well expressed thoughtsInteresting too to explore an important influence on Jane Austen.Update finished and that was time well spent, I do declare Mirth and merriment in abundance, though much of the humour has a theatrical farcical quality, rather than the sophisticated or intellectual kind which some prospective readers [...]

    28. Lise Petrauskas on said:

      I m torn On one hand this is an story about characters who excite very little emotion in my bosom On the other, it is a novel that influenced my favorite author s own novels and is thus not only part of a literary timeline that intrigues me, but is a form of book I m particularly susceptible to I can t tell if the book feels dull for being overly familiar as a result of being a sort of blueprint for Austen or whether I ve had one too many epistolary novels Clarissa for one little time, or what T [...]

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