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Review upon reconsideration As an Austen fan and having read Northanger Abbey where Fanny Burney s Camilla is mentioned I thought I ll give the book a try Although it proved quite enjoyable for a ti

Review upon reconsideration:As an Austen fan and having read Northanger Abbey where Fanny Burney's Camilla is mentioned, I thought I'll give the book a try. Although it proved quite enjoyable for a time, after 500 pages and at least "500" repeating misunderstandings later, where the MCs, Camilla & Edgar, almost seem to make it just to end up further and further apart, I got really bored. The story would be much better if it were 400 pages shorter.Burney might have inspired Jane Austen, but Austen exceeded and outsmarted her in every way. Where Austen's plots are tight without any unnecessary subplots and going-ons, just for the sake of writing another 200 pages, Burney keeps repeating events, her characters find themselves over and over in similar circumstances without adding anything new to plot or to characterisation. Admittedly, Jane Austen also used cliché characters but her genius breathed life into them, while Burney's characters - even or especially the main characters, with the exception of the wonderful Eugenia - stay flat and tiresome.Yes, I know, it was not easy for F.B. In her time, novel-writing in general, but especially by women, was frowned upon, while novel reading was considered a guilty pleasure. It also goes with the literary tradition of the era that heroines other than perfect goody two-shoes or repentant sinners were out of the question. Still, I found Camilla one of the most frustrating ingenues who tiptoed in all her naivety and gullibility into print. Think of a singing-to-the birdies Disney-heroine and you are not far off. And all the world and their sons are in love with her. Her family, friends and admirers assume her perfect because of her being pretty and kind but without much else to prove their point. Neither did the author feel the need to emphasize Camilla's good qualities with any actual actions really outside the realm of the cliché and dull. As a result, she remains a rather one-sided character without any real progress than being understood rather than misunderstood by her love interest, Edgar at the end of the painfully long 1000 pages.Yes, Edgar, the hero with a handsome face, noble heart and a great inheritance. But in reality he is a huge, superficial, judgmental ASS, who does not even try to give Camilla's (always misunderstood) actions the benefit of the doubt, but always judges by appearances.They do make a nice couple ... NOT.Camilla'sister, Eugenia is by far the most interesting and profound character of the novel. Her personal tragedy - her early beauty deformed by an illness and being in love with a guy who's blinded by the skin-deep beauty of their shallow, stupid cousin, Indiana - and the courage she bears it with make her endearing. Hers was the only subplot that I followed with the most interest and sympathy. And she may well be one of the first "Nerds" in fiction, (and I mean it utterly appreciatively, in case you wonder). She is intelligent, educated, bookish. ... Hmmm....The novel still proved an interesting experience for me to know what was considered popular reading in that period, but all in all, I find the novels of Maria Edgeworth (Burney's and Austen's contemporary) more palatable, though nowhere as perfect as the JA novels.The best Camilla Creat Fanny Burney Edward A. Bloom Lillian D. Bloom go inside Book Textual notes and critical analysis accompany this edition of the eighteenth century novel depicting the social and moral dilemmas of the young.. Also known as Frances Burney and, after her marriage, as Madame d Arblay Frances Burney was a novelist, diarist and playwright In total, she wrote four novels, eight plays, one biography and twenty volumes of journals and letters.. Bestseller Ebook Camilla Review upon reconsideration:As an Austen fan and having read Northanger Abbey where Fanny Burney's Camilla is mentioned, I thought I'll give the book a try. Although it proved quite enjoyable for a time, after 500 pages and at least "500" repeating misunderstandings later, where the MCs, Camilla & Edgar, almost seem to make it just to end up further and further apart, I got really bored. The story would be much better if it were 400 pages shorter.Burney might have inspired Jane Austen, but Austen exceeded and outsmarted her in every way. Where Austen's plots are tight without any unnecessary subplots and going-ons, just for the sake of writing another 200 pages, Burney keeps repeating events, her characters find themselves over and over in similar circumstances without adding anything new to plot or to characterisation. Admittedly, Jane Austen also used cliché characters but her genius breathed life into them, while Burney's characters - even or especially the main characters, with the exception of the wonderful Eugenia - stay flat and tiresome.Yes, I know, it was not easy for F.B. In her time, novel-writing in general, but especially by women, was frowned upon, while novel reading was considered a guilty pleasure. It also goes with the literary tradition of the era that heroines other than perfect goody two-shoes or repentant sinners were out of the question. Still, I found Camilla one of the most frustrating ingenues who tiptoed in all her naivety and gullibility into print. Think of a singing-to-the birdies Disney-heroine and you are not far off. And all the world and their sons are in love with her. Her family, friends and admirers assume her perfect because of her being pretty and kind but without much else to prove their point. Neither did the author feel the need to emphasize Camilla's good qualities with any actual actions really outside the realm of the cliché and dull. As a result, she remains a rather one-sided character without any real progress than being understood rather than misunderstood by her love interest, Edgar at the end of the painfully long 1000 pages.Yes, Edgar, the hero with a handsome face, noble heart and a great inheritance. But in reality he is a huge, superficial, judgmental ASS, who does not even try to give Camilla's (always misunderstood) actions the benefit of the doubt, but always judges by appearances.They do make a nice couple ... NOT.Camilla'sister, Eugenia is by far the most interesting and profound character of the novel. Her personal tragedy - her early beauty deformed by an illness and being in love with a guy who's blinded by the skin-deep beauty of their shallow, stupid cousin, Indiana - and the courage she bears it with make her endearing. Hers was the only subplot that I followed with the most interest and sympathy. And she may well be one of the first "Nerds" in fiction, (and I mean it utterly appreciatively, in case you wonder). She is intelligent, educated, bookish. ... Hmmm....The novel still proved an interesting experience for me to know what was considered popular reading in that period, but all in all, I find the novels of Maria Edgeworth (Burney's and Austen's contemporary) more palatable, though nowhere as perfect as the JA novels.
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    Also known as Frances Burney and, after her marriage, as Madame d Arblay Frances Burney was a novelist, diarist and playwright In total, she wrote four novels, eight plays, one biography and twenty volumes of journals and letters.

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  • Review upon reconsideration As an Austen fan and having read Northanger Abbey where Fanny Burney s Camilla is mentioned, I thought I ll give the book a try Although it proved quite enjoyable for a time, after 500 pages and at least 500 repeating misunderstandings later, where the MCs, Camilla Edgar, almost seem to make it just to end up further and further apart, I got really bored The story would be much better if it were 400 pages shorter.Burney might have inspired Jane Austen, but Austen exce [...]


  • I am not enjoying this book as much as I enjoyed The Female Quixote, which was really, really funny, but I m trying to keep an open mind Burney, was an 18th century novelist who influenced Jane Austen, and if you read this book, you can see how However, you can also see, if you read, that Austen was clearly the superior writer Over 900 pages, the author seems to drag out the plot than is necessary, but once you get past the melodrama of parts of the book, it is interesting enough that you will [...]


  • 3.5 starsUnlike Evelina, Camilla is not a comedy of errors, or a comedy of manners It is over long my edition has 913 pages and it s point isn t immediately apparent I enjoyed the beginning, which was, though slow, full of fun character moments, and it s set in one of my favourite periods, and was therefore pleasant to read However, the middle was very soap operatic, and it isn t until the very end when the full point of what Burney was doing here became apparent So if the middle section were tr [...]


  • Holy mama, I think that I deserve a cookie after reading this bad boy I don t know why this novel felt so long to me, because I really enjoyed it for the most part, but it is nearly 1,000 pages, so you can only have so many excursions and letters before they all start to feel the same in a way, this novel was kind of like Don Quixote it all felt very much, after page 450 or so, that we ve been here before I was debating whether or not to take a break and read something else for a few days when t [...]


  • I loved really loved the writing in Camilla Yes, even the sentences that stretched, it seemed, for paracraphs Like other similar literature, I loved many of the themes of honor or honour and duty and family I liked Camilla and LOVED Eugenia I also despised Lionel and Indiana and the horrid governess, as I was meant to The secondary characters were marvelous But I tired of the same misunderstandings over and over again It also struck me that Camilla s supposed key character flaw, her impulsivenes [...]


  • Probably the longest book I ve ever read, other than the Bible It took me over a year of stops and starts to get through it I d have to say it was fun reading parts aloud full of fancy wording of the Victorian era Reminded me of a soap opera Camilla,her sister Eugenia, and cousin Indiana were followed from childhood into their young adult years There is a beau involved, Mandlebert, He is attracted to Camilla and she to him, but the modesty of the day keeps the relationship moving along rather sl [...]


  • It has been hard work, but at last I have finished Camilla This story of Camilla and Edgar who love each other but take 900 pages of unnecessary misunderstandings to reach the happy end proceeds with no regard for psychological probability, and the endless silliness of the impossibly noble characters tax the patience of the reader almost beyond endurance They converse in high flown tirades and at the smallest provocation burst into floods of tears and clasp each other to their bosoms These absur [...]


  • I d really like to give it three and a halfI m torn Lots of great Dickens esque characters and the provision of a real understanding of the perils of women during the time period push it to four The social commentary is important and something so alien to us now that it s definitely worth reading if only for that But it needs a good edit in the middle I would have gotten the point with a little less fainting and tearfulness on Camilla s part and fewer long tangents Was Burney paid by the word Eu [...]


  • In my opinion, Burney s least successful novel, but this is still a great read The secondary characters in this steal the show, especially Eugenia, who might just get the prize for the most sympathetic female character in 18th century fiction Camilla would come a close second, though, given what she has to put up with from the various men in this novel This is a very interesting study of the way men were able to control women so completely Very psychologically interesting, but the male character [...]


  • I didn t finish this book, but I m tired of it I got to page 665 before I just couldn t take any.Even though I haven t finished, I m still counting it as read 665 pages is a fucking lot of pages.Some thoughts These characters are all quite one dimensional You could almost split them into Spice Girl categories the smart one, the meek one, the bitchy one, the conniving one, the rascal, the paragon of masculinity, etc You just KNEW how a situation would go whenever a certain character was around.Th [...]


  • I enjoyed this even though it was painful to read At times I was so frustrated with the idiocy of the characters that I was shouting at my computer and slamming my hands on the table Yet the world of the 18th C is so seductive, the intelligence and humour of the author didn t fail to come through despite the ridiculousness of some of the plot lines and the intensity of its over riding moral strictures Interestingly, what became clear to me when reading this book was the inevitability of feminism [...]


  • I m a sucker for classical English authors, always tempted to rate them with non existing 6 just for this reason Burney s colofurness and vivacity in painting of the society s traits would deserve it as well In real life, a book needs to whack me off my verbal feet to give it even a 5 rating Camilla did not do that, but 1 it kept me sealed to an armchair for three days, 2 it fed my lust for the stylish writing, 3 made me think about what I ve read later on, 4 made me in love with Camilla s compl [...]


  • It s a great read, but for the length that it is, I just didn t find it captivating enough to warrant so much of the story Burney s previous novel, Cecilia, was miles greater and completely worth the four digit page length The problem with Camilla was that it re tread much of the same material as Cecilia, but with less on the characters as people It dealt primarily with the bad luck that falls on a loving, caring, close knit family in Hampshire, which is less captivating that the emancipated tee [...]


  • I enjoyed this to some degree just because I m a friend to 19th century literature in general There were high points and low points in the story I liked secondary characters better than the main characters, and was unhappy with the length of time it took to resolve things that should have been very simple Lack of communication between the main characters became frustrating.




  • I was introduced to Frances Burney at Uni when we had to read Evelina I loved Evelina and the tutor said if anyone had liked Evelina, they should read Camilla which is similar but over 900 pages I immediately went out and bought Camilla and I adore this book The story is a slow burner, although there is plenty of drama, but the thing I love about this book is the variety of characters so I have given my thoughts on them below Sir Hugh Tyrold I love the Uncle of this story Yes, he is childlike an [...]


  • ENASUTH could be recycled for this book Google it if you re unfamiliar with the E now standing for Edgar Edgar loves Camilla and is on the verge of professing it which would have solved a lot of problems, but wouldn t have left much of a book when he takes the advice of an older man to make sure, first, that she feels the same regard for him Sorry, bub, but that is not the manly way of going about a courtship It s your responsibility to take the risk of getting your feelings hurt And he s not al [...]


  • This was supposed to be Burney s worst book so I went into it with low expectations At first it was horrible The characters were so flat that they are only caricatures But about 100 pages in, Burney finds her stride The characters become life like three dimensional and layered At first Camilla and Edgar are so perfect that they were boring to read about but once they became fleshed out with a few faults they were interesting Other reviewers are right about some of their comments but one thing [...]


  • It took me a while to get into this novel, I found that it started off a little slow but it gained my full attention after the first hundred pages Like the synopsis says it s the story of Camilla, her sisters and her cousin Indiana and their pursuit of matrimony I enjoyed the way the author described the events and the way each individual girl took in that experience Like any other novel, I had my favourite characters I enjoyed Camilla but my favourite was Eugenia Camilla s younger sister Her ch [...]


  • Burney s writing style seems to even improve as the book goes along I loved Evelina but Camilla is very drawn out and not as interesting The characters are all likeable or interesting which kept me reading until the end Definitely a good summer read if you are not in a hurry I figured out the plot midway or before and it pretty much ended just as I thought it would Edgar and Camilla s suppressed communication drove me crazy and if there is any valuable lesson to take away from the story it would [...]


  • Camilla is Fanny Burney s masterpiece It contains some of her funniest characters such as Mr Dubster and Mrs Mittin There are also beautiful portraits of other memorable characters such as Camilla s uncle and Camilla s friend Mrs Arlbery and the dreadful governess, Miss Margland The writing style is superb It is better written than some of Jane Austen s novels.If you read Jane Austen s novels you will find that Camilla was Jane Austen s favourite novel of the 18th century and is often praised in [...]


  • I read Camilla to find out why Jane Austen wanted to kill off Dr Marchmont at the end of it By Book III, I had already solved the mystery, but I kept reading on Fanny Burney provides a fascinating cast of characters from the incomparable though sometimes rather silly Camilla, through the amusing Sir Sedley to the mercenary Mrs Mittin Camilla depicts a world that is shaped by avoidable distress and almost fatal misinterpretations The morally victorious happy ending comes unexpectedly self inflict [...]


  • Flashes of humour, an absorbing narrative, and a real desire to read on to see the characters get their just deserts both good and bad these attributes kept me turning the pages I enjoyed this than the author s other novels I ve read Evelina and Cecilia and in some ways I think Burney preferable to Austen Burney has a bit earthiness, and there is of a sense of violence and pathos But the faults are many like Austen, the mannered artificiality of style at least to my tastes , convoluted prolix [...]


  • This is a long winded telling of the exhaustive exploits of a young lady and her extended family Read this book when you have plenty of time set aside It got a bit frustrating to me when time and time again, I thought I saw a resolution to her problems, but realized the book was only 50% done I think the author intended for Camilla to be enchanting and lovely and artless, but to me she was kind of an airhead, twisting this way and that according to how the wind blew And there are any number of o [...]


  • Camilla and Edgar were both very well developed Both are obviously flawed too For Edgar, it s mostly learning to trust Camilla, and to be kind rather than just judgmental and uptight I liked how Edgar was NOT the suave, debonair type He s a moral prig and so deadly virtuous, but still I like him very much For Camilla, I was so mad that she was such a people pleaser, almost a doormat But she must be a really approachable and friendly person, so that it would be quite pleasant to interact with her [...]


  • I thought this book was extremely annoying I liked the characters and story enough to finish it, but most of the time I felt like I was just enduring it to get to the end Most of the situations and misunderstandings could have been so easily avoided, and I was upset with pretty much every character at one time or another throughout the book The climax was extremely melodramatic, but the end was fairly satisfying.


  • If you read this book only with the aim of seeing the heroine and hero happily married, then perhaps the book is a tad too long 900 pages But if your interested in character and scene descriptions that prelude those of Jane Austen who was a great fan of Frances Burney , you re in for a great read.


  • Enjoyable, Camilla is really a naive young lady, intrinsically good, but overtly sanguine in temper Edgar Mandlebert tends to jump to conclusions.Sir Hugh along with several other minor characters are very dickens esque.The plot is repetitive, and yet varied enough to retain interest.


  • I really wanted to like this book as this was the literature that inspired Jane Austen but I couldn t The book was frustrating and often seemed to include pointless information that was not needed I am hoping the next novel I read by this author is not as tedious.


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