Fanny Burney's wickedly funny satire follows the trials and romantic adventures of the young and beautiful Evelina as she tries to make her way through 18th-century Britain handicapped by her three great problems: being poor, being illegitimate - and being a girl.
Evelina was a raging best seller when it was first published in 1778 and is widely credited with being the first of the great British domestic novels. Burney was a direct influence on her immediate follower, Jane Austen, who used some of the final lines from Burney’s novel Cecilia for one of her own fairly successful novels: "...if to pride and prejudice you owe your miseries...to pride and prejudice you will also owe their termination".
Public Domain (P)2008 Silksoundbooks Limited
"I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way." - Jane Austen
I decided to get this version of Evelina due to the poor reviews that the other recording receives from Audible UK listeners. It was a good choice! Make sure to listen to the audio samples of both. The cast here is fantastic.
Evelina is a charming novel with some unforgettable comedic moments. Now if only Audible would also record Cecilia & Camilla!
A period piece.. Flowery and sophisticated use of the mores and morals of the time. One wonders that human communication at one time had such a rule bound and structured manner, as well as behaviors. A bit long. One wishes Evelina could have surpassed her challenges with a little less digression. Poor girl makes good.
This was an amazingly complex witty and astonishingly relatable considering the time period. No one could have performed the innocence of Evelina as well as Finty Williams. Not to mention the way she captured the secondary and tertiary characters. I relished in the romantic diction of this book!
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