Why are you reading this book?
I’m guessing someone said something very intelligent about the book, and I wanted to be just like them. So, for the nerd glory! Where is my literary gold star?
What is the first line?
Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. (I skipped the Prelude, because the first line was long and fairly obscure.)
Describe the book in haiku form:
The key to marriage?
Not choosing a dud or shrew.
(Harder than you think.)
What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
x keep and loan out to friends x
keep to read again & again & again
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away
Anything else you’d like to say?
Like most old novels, this was slow to gain momentum – there wasn’t a touch of drama until a third of the way through, and this book is nearly 1000 pages. Of course, once things started happening, the slow exposition and depth/breadth of characters definitely paid off. AND, before that, there were many deliciously sharp characterizations – I would read it again, at some point, merely to revel in those zingers. This book has probably earned a second read, at some point a few years down the road.