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Read & Download Camilla, or A Picture of Youth ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ê First published in 1796 Camilla deals with the matrimonial concerns of a group of young people—Camilla Tyrold and her sisters the daughters of a country parson and their cousin Indiana Lynmere—and in particular with the love Spirit of romanticism As in Evelina Fanny Burney weaves into her novel strands of light and dark comic episodes and gothic shudders and creates a pattern of social and moral dilemmas which emphasize and illuminate the gap between generations. I loved really loved the writing in Camilla Yes even the sentences that stretched it seemed for paracraphs Like other similar literature I loved many of the themes of honor or honour ; and duty and family I liked Camilla and LOVED Eugenia I also despised Lionel and Indiana and the horrid governess as I was meant to The secondary characters were marvelous

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First published in 1796 Camilla deals with the matrimonial concerns of a group of young people Camilla Tyrold and her sisters the daughters of a country parson and their cousin Indiana Lynmere and in particular with the love affair between C. 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 a

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Camilla or A Picture of YouthAmilla herself and her eligible suitor Edgar Mandlebert The path of true love however is strewn with intrigue contretemps and misunderstanding An enormously popular eighteenth century novel Camilla is touched at many points by the advancing. 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 idio