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by Gaynor Arnold

  • Author: Gaynor Arnold
  • ISBN: 0771007876
  • ISBN13: 978-0771007873
  • ePub: 1146 kb | FB2: 1126 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: Emblem Editions (July 6, 2010)
  • Pages: 432
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 825
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Girl in a Blue Dress ePub download

Gaynor Arnold is the author of Lying Together and Girl in a Blue Dress, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008, the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2009, and The Orange Broadband Prize in 2009.

Gaynor Arnold is the author of Lying Together and Girl in a Blue Dress, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008, the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2009, and The Orange Broadband Prize in 2009. Since the book is based on the actual lives of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickens it was very interesting. However, there are many books out there which cover the lives of women who struggle and whose lives become disfunctional who have extremely successful husbands. Several people in my book club simply could not get into the book, and did not read it as a result.

Girl in a Blue Dress. Arnold handles so effectively intermingling of love and resentment, affection and pettiness, that renders any marriage mysterious to outsiders. This juicy novel imagines the private life of a famous couple: Catherine and Charles Dickens. Girl in a Blue Dress ponders a perennially troubling question for the thoughtful book-lover. Gaynor Arnold’s deep understanding of human relationships marks out this story of a strong woman in an age when women weren’t perceived as such.

Arnold titled her novel Girl in a Blue Dress, yet for most of the book, Dorothea is a grown woman.

Gaynor Arnold's first novel is a plump, enthusiastic retelling of. .Another entertaining slice of Victoriana ventroiloquism, but no more than that, Girl in a Blue Dress is the latest Man Booker longlisting for independent Tindal Street.

Gaynor Arnold's first novel is a plump, enthusiastic retelling of Charles Dickens's life from the viewpoint of his estranged wife, Catherine. The pair appear here in the guise of hugely popular writer Alfred Gibson and his wife Dorothea. Alfred, symbol of the Victorian age, the self-styled One and Only, is to be buried, his last work unfinished, to a deafening chorus of national mourning. Yet overall it lacks the depth and sheer chutzpah that should inform the judges' final selection.

Girl in a Blue Dress book. Gaynor Arnold writes in her acknowldegments that she has fictionalised many scenes, added some characters and removed some of them. Dorothea thinks back to when Alfred was a young man in love, a doting father and a friend to many. After Alfred's death Dorothea encounters many problems with her family, with money and her layabout no-good son-in-law, she also goes off to meet with another new widow - Queen Victoria.

Go to Home Page . Site Index The New York Times. Site Index Navigation. When the writer, Oxford scholar and photographer, John Jameson, visits the home of his vicar friend, Daniel Baxter, he is entranced by his youngest daughter, Daisy. Jameson charms her with his wit and child-like imagination, teasing her with riddles and inventing humorous stories as they enjoy afternoons alone by the river and in his rooms.

Gaynor Arnold was born in Wales, but now lives in Birmingham. Her 2008 debut novel Girl in a Blue Dress (based on the marriage of Charles Dickens) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize; and shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize

Gaynor Arnold was born in Wales, but now lives in Birmingham. Her 2008 debut novel Girl in a Blue Dress (based on the marriage of Charles Dickens) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize; and shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize. Gaynor's short story collection Lying Together, partly based on her experiences as a social worker, came out in 2011 and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize

Recreating a real-life character in fiction is not easy, and for this moving and intelligent tale of love gone wrong, Gaynor Arnold has taken on one of the best known and loved figures: Charles Dickens.

Recreating a real-life character in fiction is not easy, and for this moving and intelligent tale of love gone wrong, Gaynor Arnold has taken on one of the best known and loved figures: Charles Dickens. He and his wife, Catherine, are renamed Alfred and Dorothea Gibson in the novel. Recreating a real-life character in fiction is not easy, and for this moving and intelligent tale of love gone wrong, Gaynor Arnold has taken on one of the best known and loved figures: Charles Dickens.

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The celebrated debut novel inspired by the life and marriage of Charles Dickens Alfred Gibson’s funeral is taking place at Westminster Abbey, and his wife of twenty years, Dorothea, has not been invited. The Great Man’s will favours his children and a clandestine mistress over the woman he sent away when their youngest child was still an infant. Dorothea hasn’t left her small apartment for years, and accepts her exclusion — until an invitation to a private audience with Queen Victoria arrives. The exhilaration of finding that she has much in common with the most powerful woman in England spurs Dorothea to examine her own life more closely. Her recollections uncover deviousness and the frighteningly hypnotic power of the genius she married, but also raise questions about her own complicity in her unhappiness. Questions that finally compel her to face her grown-up children and the two women she has long felt stole her husband: her own younger sister, Sissy, and the charming actress, Miss Ricketts.This remarkable debut is as wise in the ways of the human heart as it is witty and vivid in its depiction of the charismatic Alfred Gibson, and the habits, mores, and personalities of Victorian London.From the Hardcover edition.
Nahn
Chosen as a book club selection, not necessarily a book that I might have chosen to read for my own personal pleasure, I quickly became acquainted with a rather bitter woman reminiscing about the years spent with the man she loves, and the deterioration of their relationship. A rather depressing read at times, I found the writing to be well done, and characterizations well developed. The protagonist relates memories of her early years married to a master manipulator and the events that destroyed them.

Rather lengthy descriptions contributed to my feeling that the book dragged somewhat, but for the most part the writing was descriptive and easy to read. Alternating time periods were well presented and easy to follow, but there was something missing in the book that left me up in the air. I must give the author credit for excellence in writing this debut novel, but it isn't a book I would highly recommend or read a second time.
September
I thought I would hate this novel, not being a fan of "fictionalized non-fiction", but I read it as the monthly selection for my book club, and I was enthralled.
Well written, well researched, true to the period and very engaging. Made me want to go out and do my own research on Dickens' life; and what an interesting life that was! (poor, long-suffering Catherine...)
Nicanagy
The book was enjoyable and historically presented some reality to life of Charles Dickens and the spirit of the times. One could not help but note how severely women were treated and purposefully put down to a place where their opinion meant little. We have come a long way.
Shou
The book spoke about the different sides of Dickens life which before reading i knew little of. It is always interesting to read about a different time period where women were so tied into what society expected . I was happy to see a little break from those expectation at the end. Enjoyed the book.
Alsath
Charles Dickens was a complex, complicated man and this book clearly expresses that. From his poverty -stricken childhood to his wealthy old age, he lived life on his own terms, often causing much pain to those who loved him. This is an excellent book that I could hardly put down.
Dianalmeena
A walk through 19th century England and a glimpse of the near obsessive madness of Charles Dickens. His insatiable appetite to be The One and Only. Full of emotion and heartbreak. As if Dickens himself wrote it.
Mazuzahn
Many marriages go astray. Men are extremely expectant of their wives in ways women have little understanding. Here’s a tale both genders may get into.
I enjoyed this book very much, much to my surprise. The author really has a great gift for writing a believable story. Maybe it was the Mrs. Charles Dickens comparison, maybe not.
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