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Belinda

By: Maria Edgeworth
Narrated by: Lucy Scott
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Summary

Published in 1801, Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda is an absorbing novel that mirrors social and domestic life among the English gentry. In her pursuit of a suitable marriage, Belinda encounters an array of characters including the dazzling socialite Lady Delacourt, the feminist Harriet Freke, the wealthy and handsome West Indian Mr Vincent and the impulsive Clarence Hervey.

Belinda follows the tradition of society novels charting the journey of an intelligent young woman in search of an ideal husband, with its heroine Belinda eschewing material wealth in favour of happiness and self-fulfilment. Anticipating the realism of Jane Austen’s female heroines, the novel presents a vivid portrayal of life in late 18th-century London, depicting leisured society in all its aspects.

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An interesting period peace which was much admired in its day. Now it seems dated and overlong without the help of humour. I thought Lucy Scott brought Lady D to life convincingly but was less successful with some of the male voices.

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An insight into life in 1801

This novel gives an insight into life in 1801. It’s not as good as novels by Jane Austen, Frances Burney or Samuel Richardson but I’m pleased that publishers have provided another novel from this period. Lucy Scott is an excellent narrator with a beautiful voice. Every character is given a clearly distinct voice. The sound quality is excellent.

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