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FREE READ ´ Camilla or A Picture of Youth É ❮Download❯ ➽ Camilla or A Picture of Youth ➽ Author Frances Burney – Camilla – A Picture of Youth deals with the matrimonial concerns of a group of young people Camilla Tyrold and her sisters the sweet tempered Lavinia and the deformed but exCamilla – A Picture of A Picture PDFEPUB #187 Youth deals with the matrimonial concerns of a group of young people Camilla Tyrold and her sisters the sweet tempered Lavinia and the deformed but extremely kind Eugenia and their cousin the beautiful Indiana Lynmere Central theme is the love affair between Camilla herse. ETA on 17 Aug2020On second read I am still standing by my original opinion It's an interesting read in itself and as a product of its time but for me as a modern reader and especially in comparison with Jane Austen it's just too excessive there's too much of everything like a pantomimeOriginal review25 starsAs an Austen fan and having read Northanger Abbey where Fanny Burney's Camilla is mentioned I thought I'll give the book a try Although it proved uite enjoyable for a time after 500 pages and countless misunderstandings later where the MCs Camilla Edgar almost seem to make it just to end up further and further apart I got really boredThe novel is DIDACTIC and SENTIMENTAL at the same time and these tendencies just do not mix well in this particular story Maybe Burney could have pulled it off if both readers characters were spared further 500 superfluous insipid pages of suffering just so that Burney could drove home her point which was crystal clear after reading the first 500 anywayBurney might have inspired Jane Austen but Austen exceeded and outsmarted her in every way Where Austen's plots are tight without any unnecessary subplots and going ons just for the sake of writing another 200 pages Burney keeps repeating events her characters find themselves over and over in similar circumstances without adding anything new to plot or to characterisation Admittedly Jane Austen also used cliché characters but her genius breathed life into them while Burney's characters even or especially the main characters with the exception of the wonderful Eugenia stay flat and tiresomeYes I know it was not easy for FB In her time novel writing in general but especially by women was frowned upon while novel reading was considered a guilty pleasure It also goes with the literary tradition of the era that heroines other than perfect goody two shoes or repentant sinners were out of the uestion Still I found Camilla one of the most frustrating ingenues who tiptoed in all her naivety and gullibility into print Think of a singing to the birdies Disney heroine and you are not far off And all the world and their sons are in love with her Her family friends and admirers assume her perfect because of her being pretty and kind but without much else to prove their point Neither did the author feel the need to emphasize Camilla's good ualities with any actual actions really outside the realm of the cliché and dull As a result she remains a rather one sided character without any real progress than being understood rather than misunderstood by her love interest Edgar at the end of the painfully long 1000 pagesYes Edgar the hero with a handsome face noble heart and a great inheritance But in reality he is a huge superficial judgmental ASS who does not even try to give Camilla's always misunderstood actions the benefit of the doubt but always judges by appearancesThey do make a nice couple NOTCamilla'sister Eugenia is by far the most interesting and profound character of the novel Her personal tragedy her early beauty deformed by an illness and being in love with a guy who's blinded by the skin deep beauty of their shallow stupid cousin Indiana and the courage she bears it with make her endearing Hers was the only subplot that I followed with the most interest and sympathy And she may well be one of the first Nerds in fiction and I mean it utterly appreciatively in case you wonder She is intelligent educated bookish HmmmThe novel still proved an interesting experience for me to know what was considered popular reading in that period but all in all I find the novels of Maria Edgeworth Burney's and Austen's contemporary palatable though nowhere as perfect as the JA novels


Lf and her eligible suitor Edgar Mandlebert They have many hardships however caused by misunderstandings and mistakes in the path of true loveFrances Burneywas Camilla or Epuban English satirical novelist diarist and playwright She is best known for her novels Evelina Cecilia Camilla and The Wanderer Burney's novels ex. 35 starsUnlike Evelina Camilla is not a comedy of errors or a comedy of manners It is over long my edition has 913 pages and it's point isn't immediately apparent I enjoyed the beginning which was though slow full of fun character moments and it's set in one of my favourite periods and was therefore pleasant to read However the middle was very soap operatic and it isn't until the very end when the full point of what Burney was doing here became apparent So if the middle section were truncated I'd have given it a solid 4 starsWarning spoilers aheadThe novel focuses mainly on two sisters Camilla and Eugenia Tyrold and to a lesser extent on their beautiful but vain and spoilt cousin Indiana The list of characters is very long and I won't go into all of them Sufficed to say that Camilla Tyrold the heroine of this novel is pretty and intelligent and very kind but young and naive She is the favourite of her rich uncle Sir Hugh who decides that she will become his heiress However no sooner had he formed this idea did he become responsible for Eugenia contracting small pox As a result of his mishandling Eugenia becomes ill and in the end very disfigured Having robbed her of her beauty Sir Hugh determines that it is she who will become his heiress To do justice to his feelings of guilt he also promises her his nephew who is on his grand tour at this time for a husband and then makes a tutor teach her everything about the classics to make her learned and thus fit to be the wife of his nephew who he imagines will be super clever after all his travels The romantic hero here is Edgar Mandlebert a young man who is as virtuous and beautiful as Camilla and who falls for her hard But between the early pages when we have an idea of what he wants and the last pages when he finally gets it every kind of catastrophe is thrown between the lovers In these parts the book becomes like an 18th century soap opera and since I'm not a fan of soaps I found this very tedious In essence though Edgar's tutor who hates women and has been himself disappointed in love urges him not to propose to Camilla until he has 'tested' her made sure that she's virtuous and loves him completely What follows is a series of incidents all of them essentially the same Edgar tells Camilla not to do something usually associate with some person he thinks is not virtuous or an unfit friend to an innocent young woman; then Camilla mostly by no design of her own is embroiled into something with just that person; Edgar comes in at the worst possible moment and sees her at it; he's disappointed and determines not to propose to her; then he sees her do something sweet and kind like stand up for the poor or care for the sick or whatever; and then all his love for her rises again Then he tells her again not to associate with someone and again he comes in at the worst possible moment you see where I'm going with this To me this made Edgar unfit for Camilla than Camilla for him Of course in my 21st century eyes all this seemed perfectly absurd I thought Edgar a complete nincompoop and despaired for having such a miserable idiot for a romantic hero Nor did I like Camilla very much either since she was so weak so dramatic and very passive in all that happened I can't say they have grown very much in my esteem by the end either but there were a lot of things that mitigated their behaviour that I understood by the end Again probably an 18th century person would have seen this from the start but to my modern mind I wished for activity from my heroine and for her to shake that idiot Edgar and talk sense into him But by the end when we have seen two perfectly nice and kind and sensible men lose their heads and try to get engaged to women completely unsuitable to them because their infatuations blinded them Malmond to Indiana and Hal to Camilla it becomes clear that Edgar was worried of just such a match He loved Camilla so much that he was afraid he didn't see her as she really was and would make both of them unhappy speeding into marriage It was satisfying I can't deny to see him apologise to her for his misapprehension and to see those two idiots finally get engagedBut the novel would be nothing if it weren't for some of the side characters My favourite by far is Eugenia Tyrold who was a very uncommon heroine in that she's neither beautiful nor stupid the very opposite of the idiot ingenue that is normally the heroine in books of this period She too is not worldly which is how she manages to fall into the snares of unscrupulous fortune hunter Bellamy But her story is far interesting than Camilla's and her eventual reward so much deserved In the end I'm glad I persevered with it The ending definitely did the story justice Burney could have made her point and made the book better by cutting a huge chunk out of the middle But aside from that if you like 18th century fiction like I do it's well worth reading

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Camilla or A Picture of YouthPlore the lives of English aristocrats and satirize their social pretensions and personal foibles with an eye to larger uestions such as the politics of female identity She has gained critical respect in her own right but she also foreshadowed such novelists of manners with a satirical bent as Jane Austen and Thackeray. Probably the longest book I've ever read other than the Bible It took me over a year of stops and starts to get through it I'd have to say it was fun reading parts aloud full of fancy wording of the Victorian era Reminded me of a soap opera Camillaher sister Eugenia and cousin Indiana were followed from childhood into their young adult years There is a beau involved Mandlebert He is attracted to Camilla and she to him but the modesty of the day keeps the relationship moving along rather slow Indiana is the beauty and tries to put a wrench in things Eugenia is a tragic character who suffers from the calamity of fate Lionel the brother of Camilla is a prankster and somehow earns the protection of his sister despite his careless ways Camilla tries hard to impress her circle of well to do friends and almost loses Mandlebert's affection who gets the wrong impression about her The story goes on and on and left me frustrated over and over by the drawn out scenarios I kept thinking that one of the two Mandlebert and Camilla would begin to think ahead and start to make sense Unfortunately they both wasted so much time second guessing the other that the story had to ride on their thoughts and boy were their thoughts confused In the end they came to an understanding and there did appear to be some hope for a happily ever after endingI won't go into all the secondary characters and many subplots As I said soap opera Though the length of the book did make it easy to stop and start without losing too much information