The last maybe quarter of the book. It was so dragged out and the characters began to break apart and they all stopped behaving characteristically. Seems to be done to try to milk some last bit of pointless and uninteresting rule-defying out before the book concluded. It should have concluded much earlier...
I thought it was all a bit silly by then.
Nothing. She's a *great* reader.
The first half of the book truly interested me and I was hooked on it. The characters were quite like themselves in that portion of the book and the story was very romantic and intriguing. The writing was also top notch.
Probably. It's a very detailed book and explains the characters' motives and thought processes so thoroughly, yet without taking you out of the story in the least, that you feel very connected to everything going on. Some people find this a drawback in James' work but I find it a highlight. This sort of exposition makes the story much more realistic and connectable.
With so much detail, rich characters, great dialogue and an engaging story, I could definitely see myself re-reading this in future.
The storyline between Ralph and Isabel.
Yes. The pacing is very good.
Wanda McCaddon's performance is quite excellent in many aspects but she does have a difficult time maintaining separate voices for each character sometimes and will slip even in a conversation between only two characters. It can be slightly confusing from time to time but I would still recommend her as she's good with conveying the right emotional tone.
That it was realistic, especially for the time period, but in a way that is today still relatable and that the story is rather complicated both in story and emotion.
Some in these reviews have compared this book to 'Far from The Madding Crowd' and almost seem to be saying they're both sort of the same. They're not. They're quite individual. They have different stories and are both beautifully written. I love both but I seem to like this one a bit better. It's more complex. Don't let them put you off reading this one because you've read 'Far from The Madding Crowd.' If you liked that novel, you'll be missing out quite a lot here.
'Far From The Madding Crowd' because of the common theme of class conflict in love/marriage in both and that Hardy writes complexity of emotion and setting so well and it is apparent in both.
[[SPOILERS]] Probably the scene where Fitzpiers attends Giles in his fever and has to tell Grace that Giles is dying quickly along with the ensuing conversation after he passes.
I didn't have an *extreme* reaction but it did make me quite sad at parts and made me very pleased for a character at others. It made me snicker a couple times as well.
Samuel West was a wonderful narrator. Very nice to listen to and did a great job voicing the characters. The women didn't sound like they were done by Monty Python. Very natural.
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