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Lorna Doone, Volume 2 | [Richard D. Blackmore]

Lorna Doone, Volume 2

In Volume 2, John Ridd finally confronts the Doone clan. But the politics of the Royal court reach out and embroil not only John Ridd, but the entire area. A pretender to the throne, Monmouth, rebels against King James and leads his army into southwest England to make a last stand. The intricacies of court intrigue, Doone mischief, and the abiding love between Lorna and John make for an exciting and riveting conclusion to one of the all-time greatest romantic novels.
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Publisher's Summary

Author R. D. Blackmore was the son of a local clergyman and grew up and went to school in the area where Lorna Doone is set. Oddly, of all his works, this was not Blackmore's favorite. In fact, the novel was not at first well received. However, a few years after it was first published, it came out in serial form and received rave reviews. The public was captivated by the wild romantic story, and Lorna Doone went on to become one of the most famous and well known novels of the Victorian era. In the 20th century, it was filmed at least five times and was part of the literary canon at leading schools well past the mid-century mark. After World War II, the novel was not as widely read and gradually disappeared from many college and high school reading lists. But in recent years, many have rediscovered its charm and bracing spirit, and the story continues to enthrall modern readers just as it did earlier ones over a hundred years ago.

In Volume 2, John Ridd finally confronts the Doone clan. But the politics of the Royal court reach out and embroil not only John Ridd, but the entire area. A pretender to the throne, Monmouth, rebels against King James and leads his army into southwest England to make a last stand. The intricacies of court intrigue, Doone mischief, and the abiding love between Lorna and John make for an exciting and riveting conclusion to one of the all-time greatest romantic novels.

Delicious romance: don't miss Volume 1 of R.D. Blackmore's classic, Lorna Doone.

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    Stephanie 03-17-13
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    First off, expert narrator and sound quality. Griffin gives each character a voice of his/her own, and he reproduces the accents perfectly. I couldn't rate his performance higher.

    As for the story... I like reading the classics, so this book naturally was on my list. I am glad I listened to it instead of trying to read it. I zoned out during some of the boring bits.

    The plot is very predictable. The characters tend to be over dramatized. The descriptions are too perfect. The story didn't feel realistic. I love books like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, etc, but this story just didn't make the cut.

    Too long, too little plot, and too much 'perfection.' I like my characters to be real, three dimensional human beings, not ethereal angels who can do no wrong.

    On the other hand, if you are looking to round out your reading repertoire then add this one to your list. Just cause it isn't on my favorites list doesn't mean it shouldn't be on the classics list.

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