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Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress Free read ☆ 107 ´ Cecilia is an heiress but she can only keep her fortune if her husband will consent to take her surname Fanny Burney's unusual love story and deft social satire was much admired on its first publication in 1782 for its subtle interweaving of comedy humanity and social analysisCecilia is an heiress but she can only keep her fortune if her husband will consent to take. I little thought when I first picked this book up with a sense of duty than anticipation how extraordinarily fun it would prove to be not least because I managed to convince my wife that ‘Fanny Burney’ was eighteenth century slang for thrush For the last week I have been rushing through work in order to enjoy my train ride home in the company of Cecilia and going to bed early to get some extra reading time in Which hasn't happened to me for a whileMy main worry after the first couple of hundred pages was that there was still so much of the book left for things to go downhill And it is true – let's say this up front – that the ending is the most disappointing part of the novel; the last volume collapses into melodrama and feverish exclamations and in general resolves the problems of the plot in ways that are bound to be unsatisfactory for a modern reader But I don't want to let that overshadow the rest of the book too much because the first seven hundred pages were pure joy for me which for a book this size is than anyone had a right to expectCecilia and her love interest are endearing enough but the real fun comes from the amazing cast of supporting characters whom Burney sketches as a series of hilarious caricatures The flighty socialites proto gossip girls sleazy men and haughty toffs are so recognisable that I found myself dreaming of how this could be remade as a high school movie Miss Larolles in particular – ‘the inimitable Miss Larolles’ as one of Austen's heroines calls her – is an absolute delight to spend time with and I could listen to her breathless chatter all day – But only conceive what happened to me Was that not horrid provoking etcMuch of the enjoyment here comes from the snapshot the book offers of everyday contemporary society Unlike so many other novelists of the time who were writing Gothic tales set in exotic France or Italy Burney is deliberately capturing in an almost documentary way the daily life of 1779–80 London including fashionable events and soirées of the period There are so many fantastic details in here concerning how people got around what kind of etiuette was involved in mixed sex socialising who handed whom into carriages how you called on acuaintances how you made travel arrangements and so forth I suppose some people may find this boring but I was absolutely captivated There are so many scenes that we can't properly ‘read’ often someone will say something innocuous which occasions total outrage while at other times they'll come out with something apparently awful which everyone seems to find perfectly agreeableAnd surprisingly through all of this Burney's focus is very much on what we might now call social justice; rather than the ballrooms and beau monde that I was expecting there is a consistent effort here to range through different classes of society and indeed to challenge socio economic structures in and of themselves One character disgusted by the prevailing demands of politeness points out that ‘The bow is to the coat the attention is to the rank and the fear of offending ought to extend to all mankind’ and this is something that the book tries to explore on a large scaleCecilia herself is placed in a position that for modern readers can only be seen in pointedly feminist terms she is an heiress but can only inherit if her husband agrees to take her surname Weirdly this is something that seems to have been less uncommon then than now But the man she loves is from a very old and proud – though not very wealthy – family The plot therefore takes these ideas of female autonomy financial muscle and patriarchal tradition and clashes them together with extreme violence to see what breaksIt is customary to see Frances Burney as a sort of John the Baptist figure ‘The whole of this unfortunate business’ someone exclaims during the dénouement of this one ‘has been the result of PRIDE and PREJUDICE’ and one hears the sound of someone frantically taking notes in Bath I had expected to find that Austen brought wit and skill to a rather hidebound genre but that's not at all what I feel now This is every bit as funny as anything in Austen I see Austen's importance now a bit differently what she did was I think to get rid of the melodramatic silliness that Burney still leant on for her conclusion and also to find a way to achieve these effects in three hundred rather than nine hundred pages which is certainly no small achievementEven so there are things in here that you just don't get in Austen Proper action for one thing Cecilia includes such set pieces as a public suicide in St James's Gardens which I really was not expecting And for another thing moral ambiguity – there are many characters here who are sympathetic but seriously flawed and it is very hard to know on reflection what we are supposed to think about the way things conclude The ‘happy ending’ if such it is is a very ironic one At first I thought this was just a problem for modern readers but it's clear from contemporary reactions that people at the time were disturbed by it as well The world of Cecilia is in the end a disturbing and a dark one but I absolutely loved spending time there

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Her surname Fanny Burney's unusual love story and deft social satire was much admired on its. Cecilia or Memoirs of an Heiress is the second novel by English author Fanny Burney published in 1782 Burney was a novelist diarist and playwright She wrote in all four novels eight plays one biography and twenty volumes of journals and letters Fanny was the third child in a family of six Fanny's sisters Esther and Susanna were favored over Fanny by their father for what he perceived as their superior attractiveness and intelligence I'm not sure how he felt about the rest of his children but he shouldn't be favoring one over another at all At the age of eight Fanny had not yet learned the alphabet and some scholars suggest that Burney suffered from a form of dyslexia By the age of ten however she had begun to write for her own amusement Esther and Susanna were sent by their father to be educated in Paris while at home Fanny educated herself by reading from the family collection including Plutarch's Lives works by Shakespeare histories sermons poetry plays novels and courtesy books I'd rather be at home reading by myself than going to school in Paris Come to think of it I'd rather be home reading alone than going to school anywhere But back to Burney she drew on this material along with her journals when writing her first novels Burney kept a diary or a lot of diaries I guess all through her life and I do the same thing although hers' were probably much interesting The first entry in her journal was made on March 27 1768 addressed to Miss Nobody see right there mine aren't addressed to anybody just day date and start writing Burney's diary writings were to extend over 72 years Burney wrote these diaries as a form of correspondence with family and friends recounting to them events from her life and how she felt about them Fanny and her sister Susanna were particularly close and it was to this sister that Fanny would correspond throughout her adult life in the form of such journal letters I wonder if my children will publish my diaries once I'm gone perhaps with the title One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but I'm pretty sure that's already taken Then there is Cecilia the novel I'm supposed to be talking about Cecilia Burney's second novel is twice as long as the first Evelina I read that one too but I can't remember a thing about it although I suppose the heroine was named Evelina Evelina had been so popular that rumors of a new book being published created long waiting lists for the book at circulating libraries even before it was published I didn't know they had things like waiting lists way back then The first edition sold out almost immediately Burney spent about a year and a half starting in 1780 composing Cecilia while staying at the home of her family friend Samuel Crisp Burney then spent six months copying and correcting the draft and the book was published in 1782 According to her letters Burney wrote under tremendous anxiety and familial pressure but Crisp's home provided a respite and he highly encouraged her work A highly successful novel Cecilia went through 51 known editions and there were at least 25 international editions in places such as the US Belgium Germany Ireland Sweden and Russia during Burney's own lifetime The first and subseuent editions of Cecilia sold out uickly and at Burney's death in 1828 there were 27 editions The novel is about the trials and tribulations of a young upper class woman named you guessed it Cecilia who must negotiate London society for the first time There are a lot of people in this book so if you decide to read it be prepared I'm never going to remember them all One character I can remember is Cecilia Beverley Miss Beverley is extremely wealthy or at least she will be when she becomes of age twenty one I think until then her uncle the one who left her all the money has chosen three guardians for her I can't remember how he came to choose these three guys but he did Oh one thing that becomes rather important to everyone in the book except me if I would have been in the book that is is that Cecilia can't get married unless the man she marries agrees to take her surname that is become Mr Beverley Now I suppose her uncle did this so his family name wouldn't be forgotten or some such thing but it seems dumb to me it's not like you are going to be here to notice whether or not your name is still around and when I get to heaven I'm going to be way too busy decorating for Christmas for all eternity than pay any attention to who is named what down here However that is the rule and if Cecilia marries without her husband changing his name then her fortune goes to the next relative some second cousin or some such person Since she is or will be wealthy once she is of age she manages to get in with the wealthy or at least the higher class of society people The problem with them is that not too many of the men who are Lord this or Lord that are willing to change their names unless they have managed to spend all the money their high society family ever had in which case they only want to marry Cecilia for her money anyway So it seems like her choices will be to marry someone she loves but who refuses to change his family name so she loses her fortune or to marry a man willing to change his name in which case he probably doesn't love her just her money or do the safest thing just don't marry anybodyI'm not telling you who marries who or who doesn't marry who I wonder if I should use the word who or whom Anyway here are some of the other main characters first the extremely unlikeable Mr Monckton he isn't one of her guardians but he certainly acts like he is he follows her around everywhere and knows everything about her and is just creepy and annoying Mr Harrel is the husband of Cecilia's childhood friend Priscilla and one of the three guardians That is where Cecilia goes when she arrives in London she is to live with them She finds however that her friend isn't the same girl she remembers but now only cares about going about in society and keeping up appearances On her arrival Mrs Harrel presents her to her “friends” and every day is filled with parties and London amusements whether they can afford them or not which soon tire Cecilia And it is during all this society that we meet most of our characters Mrs Harrel's brother Mr Arnott I liked him Mr Briggs another guardian you would think he was down to his last cent the way he lives uite a strange guy There is also Mr Delvile her last guardian who never said a word that wasn't about himself I could start naming people who try to win Cecilia's hand in marriage but that would take too long longer than I want to think about it anyway One of the main contenders for her hand at least he thought he was is Sir Robert Floyer he was on almost every page of the first half of the book then just seemed to drop out of exsistance why I'm not sure but I don't miss him One of my very favorite characters is Lady Honoria Pemberton she came along just when I was getting a little bit tired of the story and I welcomed her She is a relative of the Delviles whom Cecilia meets during her stay at Delvile Castle Now Mr Delvile just loves his castle almost as much as he loves his family name Come to think of it his list of loves would probably go himself his name his castle his family Hmm odd man Anyway Lady Honoria is uick and very high spirited but without discretion or delicacy for others She enjoys infuriating the haughty Mr Delvile by giddy remarks on his castle such as calling it a gaol Here's a glimpse of Honoria You think then the uarrel amusing than the reconciliation O a thousand times for while you are uarrelling you may say any thing and demand any thing but when you are reconciled you ought to behave pretty and seem contented Those who presume to have any pretensions to your ladyship said Cecilia would be made happy indeed should they hear your principles O it would not signify at all answered she for one's fathers and uncles and those sort of people always make connexions for one and not a creature thinks of our principles till they find them out by our conduct and nobody can possibly do that till we are married for they give us no power beforehand The men know nothing of us in the world while we are single but how we can dance a minuet or play a lesson upon the harpsichord And what else said Mr Delvile who advanced and heard this last speech need a young lady of rank desire to be known for your ladyship surely would not have her degrade herself by studying like an artist or professor O no Sir I would not have her study at all; it's mighty well for children but really after sixteen and when one is come out one has uite fatigue enough in dressing and going to public places and ordering new things without all that torment of first and second position and E upon the first line and F upon the first space Your ladyship must however pardon me for hinting said Mr Delvile that a young lady of condition who has a proper sense of her dignity cannot be seen too rarely or known too little O but I hate dignity cried she carelessly for it's the dullest thing in the world I always thought it was owing to that you were so little amusing;—really I beg your pardon Sir I meant to say so little talkative I can easily credit that your ladyship spoke hastily answered he highly piued for I believe indeed a person of a family such as mine will hardly be supposed to have come into the world for the office of amusing it O no Sir cried she with pretended innocence nobody I am sure ever saw you with such a thoughtThere are many many things I could tell you of the story and many many people I haven't even mentioned people central to the story but I'm not going to I'm ending right now you'll have to read the book to find out the rest Make sure you have some free time though the book is over 900 pages long Happy reading

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Cecilia or Memoirs of an HeiressFirst publication in 1782 for its subtle interweaving of comedy humanity and social analysi. The author of this book is believed that had a great influence on later writers and this becomes even apparent in this which is known amongst others because of this comes the phrase pride and prejudice that I believe something reminds you Of course the influence is not limited to one phrase so reading the book is also an exploratory experience for the history of literatureOf course the value of this books is not high only for their historical character it is high because they are very nice novels After her excellent first book Evelina that impressed me very much the writer seems to want to go one step further It is of course a book that moves in the same context with the story of a woman of the upper classes approaching adulthood visiting the bustling London and confronted with situations that show everything about the British society of the time falls in love but finds many difficulties in fulfilling it but there are several variations The size of the book is almost double with its story going through many stages and the writer moves the social critiue a step further talking about the issues of wealth utilization social ineuality the position of the woman and her need for some degree of independence Another distinction is that the tone of the book is much emotional especially in the second half of the book that dominates the subject of love that has difficulties which to return to the subject of the influence of the writer is part of the literary climate of the era but at the same time announces a seuel that eventually ends up in the Gothic novelAll this in a very interesting story with an adorable heroine that it is easy to identify with her as she tries to do the right thing to help her fellow human beings to find true love is drifting away is falling victim exploitation making countless mistakes finds happiness loses it and in general is a woman who is upset by the injustice and superficiality that seems to dominate around her and thus becomes the mean for the author to express her views and hopes for a better society On the other hand the size of the book and the fact that the author devotes too many pages to analyze things and talk about what she wants makes the book somewhat tedious and gives the reader the impression that there is a continuous repetition which makes me appreciate this book less than her first The patient reader however will be rewarded in the end by understanding that this is a very good book that makes much than telling a beautiful storyΗ συγγραφέας αυτού του βιβλίου θεωρείται ότι είχε μεγάλη επιρροή σε μεταγενέστερους συγγραφείς και αυτό γίνεται φανερό ακόμα περισσότερο σε αυτό το οποίο είναι γνωστό μεταξύ άλλων γιατί από αυτό προέρχεται η φράση υπερηφάνεια και προκατάληψη που φαντάζομαι κάτι σας θυμίζει Φυσικά η επιρροή δεν περιορίζεται σε μία φράση και έτσι η ανάγνωση του βιβλίου είναι και μία εμπειρία διερευνητική για την ιστορία της λογοτεχνίαςΒέβαια η αξία των βιβλίων δεν είναι υψηλή μόνο για τον ιστορικό τους χαρακτήρα είναι υψηλή γιατί πρόκειται για πολύ ωραία μυθιστορήματα Μετά το εξαιρετικό πρώτο βιβλίο της το Evelina που με είχε εντυπωσιάσει σε αυτό η συγγραφέας φαίνεται ότι ήθελε να πάει ένα βήμα παρακάτω Είναι φυσικά ένα βιβλίο που κινείται στο ίδιο πλαίσιο με την ιστορία του να αφορά μία γυναίκα των ανώτερων τάξεων που πλησιάζοντας την ενηλικίωσή της επισκέπτεται το πολύβουο Λονδίνο και έρχεται αντιμέτωπη με καταστάσεις που δείχνουν όλα για την Βρετανική κοινωνία της εποχής γνωρίζοντας παράλληλα τον έρωτα και πάρα πολλές δυσκολίες στην εκπλήρωση του υπάρχουν όμως αρκετές διαφοροποιήσεις Το μέγεθος του βιβλίου είναι σχεδόν διπλάσιο με την ιστορία του να περνά από πάρα πολλά στάδια και τη συγγραφέα να πηγαίνει την κοινωνική κριτική της ένα βήμα παραπέρα μιλώντας για τα θέματα της αξιοποίησης του πλούτου τις κοινωνικές ανισότητες τη θέση της γυναίκας και την ανάγκη της για κάποιο βαθμό ανεξαρτησίας Μία άλλη διαφοροποίηση είναι ότι ο τόνος του βιβλίου είναι πολύ περισσότερο συναισθηματικός ιδιαίτερα στο δεύτερο μισό του βιβλίου που κυριαρχεί το θέμα του έρωτα που έχει δυσκολίες κάτι που για να επιστρέψουμε στο θέμα της επιρροής της συγγραφέως εντάσσεται στο λογοτεχνικό κλίμα της εποχής αλλά παράλληλα προαναγγέλλει μία συνέχεια που θα καταλήξει τελικά στο γοτθικό μυθιστόρημαΌλα αυτά μέσα σε μία πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία με μία αξιολάτρευτη ηρωίδα με την οποία είναι εύκολο να ταυτιστείς μαζί της καθώς προσπαθεί να κάνει το σωστό να βοηθήσει τους συνανθρώπους της να βρει τον αληθινό έρωτα παρασύρεται πέφτει θύμα εκμετάλλευσης κάνει αμέτρητα λάθη βρίσκει την ευτυχία την χάνει και γενικότερα είναι μία γυναίκα που αναστατώνεται από την αδικία και την επιπολαιότητα που φαίνεται να κυριαρχούν γύρω της και έτσι γίνεται το μέσο για να εκφράσει η συγγραφέας τις απόψεις της και τις ελπίδες της για μία καλύτερη κοινωνία Βέβαια από εκεί και πέρα το μέγεθος του βιβλίου και το γεγονός ότι η συγγραφέας αφιερώνει πάρα πολλές σελίδες για να αναλύσει τα πράγματα και να μιλήσει για αυτά που θέλει κάνουν το βιβλίο κάπως κουραστικό και δημιουργείται η εντύπωση στον αναγνώστη ότι υπάρχει μία συνεχόμενη επανάληψη κάτι που με κάνει να εκτιμώ αυτό το βιβλίο λιγότερο από το πρώτο της Ο υπομονετικός αναγνώστης όμως θα επιβραβευτεί στο τέλος καταλαβαίνοντας ότι πρόκειται για ένα πολύ καλό βιβλίο που περιλαμβάνει πολύ περισσότερα πράγματα από την αφήγηση μιας όμορφης ιστορίας