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by Fanny Burney

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ISBN: 086358263X
ISBN13: 978-0863582639
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Fanny Burney
Language: English
Publisher: Pandora Press (May 26, 1988)
Pages: 836 pages
ePUB size: 1589 kb
FB2 size: 1835 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 511
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I loved Burney's other novels so was disappointed in this one. The story itself is good and does cover important issues that particularly affected women in earlier centuries along with attitudes and prejudices that persist to our time. That said, It took all my patience to get through the novel's very long, recurring philosophical and religious discussions, the various harangues, not to mention the tedious characters who repeatedly impose in the most obnoxious way upon the long-suffering main character, Miss Ellis. It amazed me how they ALWAYS showed up exactly where she was! I thought the novel contained some inconsistencies. Miss Ellis insists on seclusion and secrecy unless she doesn't. I think I could like the novel better if I could dispense with Elinor entirely and rip out about 100 pages of redundancy. I don't pretend to be a scholar. I read for personal enjoyment and this is just my opinion. You may love this book as many others seem to do!
The Wanderer is the least known of Bureny's works, and while I haven't read the rest, I can't see why this would go overlooked, had it been shorter and tried to do a little less, it would have been a terrific novel.

Without giving much of the plot away, the heroine is involved with some gentry and noble families, who she gets attached to by circumstane, she constantly tries to find ways to be independant, but because she has no references or reputation no one in a position of authority will help her and when she tries to support herself through music no one will pay her. There is a clear message that the upper class take advantage of the lower class because they have no experience or understanding of what they are going through, and that the people in the lower class, while mean and unrefined are at least more honest and accepting. She;s also critical of the enlightenment, although critical of the British nobility and gentry the French are worse and the English who are supportive of them are shown to be mentally unhinged.

There is a love story here, though the main interest is the mystery of who the heroine is, why she's here and when everyone will find out. Clearly the reader knows she is of "good blood" and one can't help but look forward to the moment when all the people who were cruel to her find out. Unfortunately it takes so long to get to that point and it happens is such a quick and mutteled way that the reader risks lossing interest.
My wife waxed rhapsodic over the prose and poetry inherent in Fanny Burney's neglected classic The Wanderer. The narrativ tells an exciting story of the French Revolution era even though the action occurs mainly in England. The "Incognita" is a fascinating character who moves through English society as a subordinate to the rich and cruel society folk with whom she is forced by circumstances to live. "Miss Ellis endures the slings and arrows of outrageous fortunate to triumph over her enemies at last. Burney's prose is musical and her sentences flow with insight into the human condition. As a friend of Hesther Thrale
she was influenced by that excellent writer. Her father was the famed musician Dr. Charles Burney a close friend of Dr. Johnson. If you want to look at a classic of early feminism and encounter one female difficulty after another this is a good place to begin.
I liked the novel so well I am now engrossed in Burney's second novel "Cecilia" with her first work "Evelina" on my reading list.
Fanny Burney is an excellent new author to explore and be enriched by as you loose yourself in her voluminous pages!
Well recommended!
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I consider this a very good book to read. I like books with a lot of different interactions with many characters involved.
Critics have disparaged the unrelenting purity of the heroine and the plot's over-reliance on coincidental meetings, but the novel is an enjoyable read for any Burney fan.
I thought that I had read all of Burney's works until I came across this one. For some strange reason it doesn't come up as often as her first 3 books do in a search. Ah, well. It was a cute book. Not as good as Her first one but still worth reading.