Overdosing on VictoriansDecember 18, 2009
I think that this has clearly been my season to go overboard on Victorian literature and historical fiction. After finishing the Dickens, I started Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. So far, I’m enjoying the book, but I’ve only just begun, so I’m interested to see how I feel as the book gets deeper into the plot. The reviewers on the Classics Circuit have, in general, given tepid praise to the book. I hope that Gaskill’s occasional urge to “preach” doesn’t bother me too much. I laughed at the story about Gaskill’s shock upon discovering the true identity of George Eliot, as related at Moored at Sea. I would suggest reading the story if you haven’t already.
My need for comfort reads didn’t disappear one I set aside the Dostoevsky. Since then, I’ve read two more historical fiction mystery books. That’s right, after finishing the first book in the Lady Emily Ashton series, I went out and got the next two. The general consensus that the books improve as the series continues is definitely correct. I’ve enjoyed both of these even more than I did the first book. I especially loved spending time in Vienna in A Fatal Waltz. It’s so much fun to read about Emily and her friends raising eyebrows all over Victorian England.