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When the Ibbotson sisters Hester and Margaret arrive at the village of Deerbrook to stay with their cousin Mr Grey and his wife speculation is rife that one of them might marry the local apothecary Edward Hope Although he is immediately attracted to Margaret Hope is ultimately persuaded to marry the beautiful Hester and becomes trapped in an unhappy marriage His troubles are compounded when a malicious village gossip accuses Hope of grave robbing threatening his career A powerful exploration of the nature of ignorance and prejudice Deerbrook also may be regarded as one of the first Victorian novels of English domestic lifeExcerptEvery town bred person who travels in a rich country region knows what it is to see a neat w. I absolutely loved this such a powerful moving read beautifully written with a fascinating plot and thoroughly real characters This is definitely an underrated Victorian gem and I highly recommend it

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Imes a week ever since the stage coach had begun to pass through Deerbrook Deerbrook was a rather pretty village dignified as it was with the woods of a fine park which formed the back ground to its best points of view Of this pretty village Mr Grey's was the prettiest house standing in a field round which the road swept There were trees enough about it to shade without darkening it and the garden and shrubbery behind were evidently of no contemptible extent The timber and coal yards and granaries which stretched down to the river side were hidden by a nice management of the garden walls and training of the shrubbery In the drawing room of this tempting white house sat Mrs Grey and her eldest daughter one spring evening. This published 1839 and as far as I can tell set in that time frame is exactly the sort of book I have been looking for to cast light on life and novels in the early Victorian period something occupying the time between Austen and later giants like the Brontes and Eliot Manners and customs have changed since Austen s time but certain aspects that I think of as Victorian have not really taken holdDespite some long winded passages I found this mostly fascinating I kept thinking as I was reading how it was like a dark version of Austen novels We have the marriage plot romantic misunderstanding village gossip two sisters who are smarter and sensitive than those around them But also a lot of stuff that Austen either cuts down to size by making comic keeps subtle and off the page or never mentions at all There is a character disabled in an accident There are serious money problems feuding and slander intrigue involving engagements deathbed drama an evil Aunt NorrisMrs Elton type someone falling through the ice a home invasion a riot an epidemic This story really has a lot Also worth noticing though are what it doesn t have It doesn t have ridiculous plot twists like someone turning out to be the long lost natural child of someone or people otherwise turning out to be unexpectedly related to each other No one is rescued by an inheritance conveniently dies or turns out not be dead as presumed Its interests are psychological and sociological than sensational

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Hite house planted in a pretty situation in a shrubbery or commanding a sunny common or nestling between two hills and to say to himself as the carriage sweeps past its gate I should like to live there I could be very happy in that pretty place Transient visions pass before his mind's eye of dewy summer mornings when the shadows are long on the grass and of bright autumn afternoons when it would be luxury to saunter in the neighbouring lanes; and of frosty winter days when the sun shines in over the laurustinus at the window while the fire burns with a different light from that which it gives in the dull parlours of a city Mr Grey's house had probably been the object of this kind of speculation to one or persons three t. Deerbrook has been on a shelf in my office at home for decades I finally picked it up this winter It s 500 pages long and a bit of a snoozer at times but I found it fascinating Martineau was a reformer not so much a novelist and she has created 1838 I think two highly intelligent young women and tracked their fates There is tons wrong with this book starting with the page long chunks of high minded stilted dialogue and including too a rather too deeply malicious woman character and some empty headed ones Nonetheless I liked it very muchkind of like Uncle Tom s Cabin in the sense that it s not really well written but has a lot to say Not that it s about as serious a matter as slavery by any means It does address the interesting uestion of the revelation of character disillusiionment and the evolution of love in a marriage Matineau supposedly was engaged but her fiance died or something and she later commented that that was her best piece of luck It s a little bit like Middlemarch maybe and I ve read that Martineau was a precursor to Eliot I actually read half way thorugh Middlemarch once before I remembered that I d read it beforeI guess they were both meant to be read aloud over many winter nights


10 thoughts on “Deerbrook

  1. says:

    I absolutely loved this such a powerful moving read beautifully written with a fascinating plot and thoroughly real characters This is definitely an underrated Victorian gem and I highly recommend it

  2. says:

    Chances are good that in many a Goodreads shelf ordered by original published date there is a gap in female authored literature from the end of Austen to the beginning of the Brontës What few I have myself in that region were all save for this found in the pages of 500 Great Books By Women which shows how conscientious t

  3. says:

    uite a lot like Austen and Eliot with a swirl of Trollope for good measure For the first half of this very long book I thought it might be a perfect hidden treasure from the 19th century I read it on tenterhooks hoping against hope that the novel could sustain that level of excellence The characters the premise and the occasional emergence of a sly Austen ish narrative voice had me dreaming bigUnfortunately though the second half

  4. says:

    Deerbrook has been on a shelf in my office at home for decades I finally picked it up this winter It's 500 pages long and a bit of a snoozer at times but I found it fascinating Martineau was a reformer not so much a novelist and she

  5. says:

    If you're disappointed by my rating think about how much I'm disappointed myself to give only two stars to this classic Deerbrook has been described as the gap between Jane Austen and George Eliot as one of the first Victorian novels of English domestic life as an important novel that must be read by everyone who love 19th century classics even recommended for those who love Elizabeth Gaskell novelsI'm one of those readers and I

  6. says:

    I loved this book

  7. says:

    This published 1839 and as far as I can tell set in that time frame is exactly the sort of book I have been looking for to cast lig

  8. says:

    Sweet mother of pearl this was dull overblown plodding plotless verbosity at its worst And I say that as a lover of wordy victoriana like Collins Braddon LeFanu Ouida et al I made it through maybe 6 chapters before throwing in the towelit was hard to note specifics what with my eyes glazing over in a sheen of boredom In an effort to awaken my brain from its slumbering stupor I went back read the Scholarly Intro

  9. says:

    This was meant to be a buddy read with Buried in Print but I fell at the first hurdle and started skimming after 35 pages I haven’t made it through a Victorian triple decker in well over a decade; just since 2012 I’ve failed to get through three novels by Charles Dickens whom I used to call my favorite author I’m mildly disappointed in myself but may have to accept the change in my reading tastes In my early 20s I loved chun

  10. says:

    Both the author and the book were below my radar when a friend recommended it to me as a book to read It was hard to get hold of a paper copy in a sensible edition; Surrey County Libraries don't have a copy the Penguin classics edition is listed on the Penguin website as being an eBook only but via abebooks I managed to get a new but out of print? Penguin classics edition Phew I really enjoyed the writing; the combination of narra

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