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Diana of the Crossways de George Meredith
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Diana of the Crossways (1885 original; edició 1887)

de George Meredith (Autor)

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Published in 1885 and immediately popular, Diana of the Crossways was Meredith's first successful novel. It tells the story of a beautiful, witty, and headstrong Irish woman, Diana, who is trapped in an unhappy and loveless marriage. Fashionable London is scandalized when Diana leaves her husband for another man, is accused of adultery, and becomes enmeshed in the political and social issues of the day.… (més)
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Títol:Diana of the Crossways
Autors:George Meredith (Autor)
Informació:Chapman & Hall Ltd London (1887)
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Diana of the Crossways de George Meredith (1885)

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A recent review: Even though the book's more than a century old, this's some of the most beautiful, sophisticated and original prose that one can encounter. Content doesn't matter when it is art for art's sake. ( )
  wiredfromback | Jul 4, 2012 |
Diana of the Crossways is a novel that was closely modeled on the life of Caroline Norton, a Victorian feminist who famously separated from her husband, later having an affairs with a rising politician.

George Meredith was a close friend of Norton’s and so this novel portrays Caroline (renamed Diana in this book) in an extremely sympathetic like—sometimes too sympathetically. To protect her reputation, I suspect Meredith took a lot of the scandal out of Diana’s story—really, to the detriment of the book, since Caroline Norton had an extremely fascinating life. As a result, Meredith manages to make Diana’s story uninteresting, to the point where I just didn’t care much about the story or characters. It’s too bad, because George Meredith has a lot of material to work from.

Instead, he spends a lot of time in this book dissecting his main character and the motives for her decisions. Meredith also extracts a lot from the writing of “Diana,” which got a bit tedious after a while; and the book is overtly feminist in a lot of places (for example, at one point Meredith—not Meredith writing as Diana—predicts that one day women will be encouraged to have professions, which is no big deal nowadays but back then must have seemed preposterous). However, the novel highlights the position that women had in Victorian society, which is sometimes interesting. On the other hand, George Meredith’s writing style is very, very hard to read, which is probably why this novel, and why this kind of novel, has become deeply unfashionable. ( )
1 vota Kasthu | Sep 14, 2010 |
This is a Victorian work of fiction, based on the life of notorious socialite Caroline Norton, who married a bad man, wrote pro-feminist literature, and got involved with several political figures. As a result, reading DIANA OF THE CROSSWAYS is a curious combination of knowing it’s fiction that’s heavily based on real events, and trying to get lost in the emotional sensations that Meredith tries for with his all-over-the-place writing. Unfortunately, this book is REALLY HARD to read: Meredith’s sensory writing is less narrative and more modernist abstract experiment. Plus, it doesn’t help that the entirety of the plot was summed up in my first line, and is really nothing special, nor does Meredith succeed in playing up what could be an intriguing story. ( )
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Diana of the Crossways, first published in 1885, was the novel that gave George Meredith (fifty-six years old, respected but still somehow marginal) the wide readership and the money he'd almost given up hoping for. (Introduction)
Among the Diaries beginning with the second quarter of our century, there is frequent mention of a lady then becoming famous for her beauty and her wit: "an unusual combination," in the deliberate syllables of one of the writers, whi is, however, not disposed to personal irony when speaking of her.
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Published in 1885 and immediately popular, Diana of the Crossways was Meredith's first successful novel. It tells the story of a beautiful, witty, and headstrong Irish woman, Diana, who is trapped in an unhappy and loveless marriage. Fashionable London is scandalized when Diana leaves her husband for another man, is accused of adultery, and becomes enmeshed in the political and social issues of the day.

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