Entwistle's annoying habit of punching up the "slyly humorous" bits of internal monologue are not nearly as evident here, allowing her otherwise lovely evocation of Flavia to shine. Bradley, too, while still tending to over-express the obvious in Flavia's analysis, has written a tighter, more affecting book than the last two in the series.
This novel succeeds in detailing, and almost exuding, sympathy for a young, ambitious man. But even more, it provides an astonishingly empathic reaction to the limitations inherent on the lives of three stunning femaie characters. Of the many Trollope novels I've read (at least a dozen), this ranks with the best.
The first and only Trollope I've been unable to finish. Got 3/4 of the way through, but this book is TOOOO much about the same things--marriage, marriage, marriage--with too little of anything else, such as character development. Too bad!
David Rakoff as a narrator can only be taken in small doses; he is lugubrious, monotonous, boring. His writing, on the other hand, is lovely, challenging, and well worth the time.
First, Nadia May does a fantastic job reading this novel. She brings out the satire, where appropriate, but without laying it on too thick. She animates the characters, but especially Moll herself. The pathos of some of their stories comes through as well, and the HORROR of Newgate Prison.
The story itself is full of sympathy for its main character, almost, it seems, despite Defoe's stated Whig tendencies. I would definitely listen again!
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