Category: Victorian Celebration

Review: The Warden by Anthony Trollope

The Warden by Anthony Trollope Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 27 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable The Warden is a little book with a big story.  It tells the tale of Mr. Harding, a clergyman and Warden of an…

Review: The Haunted House by Charles Dickens

The Haunted House by Charles Dickens Final Verdict: 2.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 24 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens is actually a compilation work, with contributions from Hesba Stretton, George Augustus Sala, Adelaide Anne Procter, Wilkie…

Review: Germinal by Emile Zola

Germinal by Emile Zola Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 23 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) If you ever want to read a book about miners, or a book about family, or a book about unions, or…

A Victorian Celebration Contest!

Greetings, Victorian Celebration Participants! Giveaway Closed: Congratulations to the Winner: Jean from Howling Frog Books! Jean chose to receive a copy of the Penguin Clothbound Edition of The Mill on the Floss. Welcome to A Victorian Celebration Contest!  This Contest is open ONLY to registered…

Review: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 21 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Cranford tells the tale of an oft-overlooked portion of Victorian population, the middle class.  Many novels of the Victorian era focus exclusively on the…

Review: The Autobiography of Mark Twain

The Autobiography of Mark Twain Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 20  Charles Neider considered Twain’s Autobiography to be “a classic of American letters, to be ranked with the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Adams.”  While I haven’t read the Adams autobiography,…

Review: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 18 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Agnes Grey is the first novel of the youngest Brontë sister, Anne.  It is based in large part on Anne’s life and was created…

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