20 September 2018

Review: Belinda by Maria Edgeworth

Trade paperback, 500 pages
Published 2008 (originally 1801)
Acquired and read December 2017
Belinda by Maria Edgeworth
'How my eyes have been blinded by her artifice! This last stroke was rather too bold, and has opened them effectually, and now I see a thousand things that escaped me before.' (181)
Like The Romance of the Forest, I read this because I was told I might find some female proto-scientists in it; I found less science and less enjoyment in it than Romance of the Forest. The book sort of meanders an uninteresting protagonist through the Pride and Prejudiceesque but slightly more scandalous society of the early nineteenth century. Not much seems to happen, and it does so quite slowly.

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