- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (October 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143039326
- ISBN-13: 978-0143039327
- Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.7 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lorna Doone (Penguin Classics) Reprint Edition
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Historical romance by R.D. Blackmore, published in 1869. Set in the wilds of Exmoor (northern Devonshire, Eng.) during the late 17th century, the novel concerns the adventurous life of the yeoman John Ridd and his love for Lorna Doone, a beautiful maiden. Blackmore considered the novel a romance and studded it with the high adventure, dramatic set pieces, bloody villainy, and obstacles to love that characterize the genre. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) wrote more than a dozen novels, five books of poetry, and translated Virgil’s Georgics.
Michelle Allen teaches Victorian literature at the U.S. Naval Academy.
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Curiosity drove me to Google this late19th-century novel, and I learned that it is based on historical characters and events, freely fictionalized. I enjoyed it.
To my mind the novel ebbed and flowed - I really enjoyed the wonderful descriptions of farm life and the beautiful and lonely countryside that lent itself to secrecy and the dastardly, villanous Doones.
My main quibble with the book were the characters themselves. I've never known a leading female character to spend so much time weeping and falling upon the leading characters breast. The love story between John Ridd and Lorna Doone was sugary sweet. I just didn't perceive Lorna Doone as a strong woman in her own right.
However I did enjoy how events and many of the characters came full circle - very cleverly done. I did enjoy the "action" scenes of this quite epic novel but the romantic element was wanting in my opinion.
Being a Victorian novel about 17th Century intrigues, the language is somewhat dated, and the Kindle dictionary quite frequently fails to identify some of the terms. Also, the representation of the Devon/Somerset dialect requires a little patience, but it's all good fun to persevere with.
This kindle version lacks links between the index and the chapters, which means that it is easy to lose your place unless you bookmark everywhere you stop. The free audio book is also dreadful - don't bother with it. Buy something with a decent reader.
The writing; location descriptions, the (subtle) humor, are really great. This book is an example of writing/fiction in its best form and I wish people would still write like this today. I don't know how that would work out though for the author; the writing would seem old-fashioned and out-of-date, which just happens to be the way I like it.