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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. I'd really like to give it three and a halfI'm torn Lots of great Dickens esue characters and the provision of a real understanding of the perils of women during the time period push it to four The social commentary is important and something so alien to us now that it's definitely worth reading if only for that But it needs a good edit in the middle I would have gotten the point with a little less fainting and tearfulness on Camilla's part and fewer long tangents Was Burney paid by the word Eugenia's subplot was one of my favorite things about the book The ending was satisfying and pulled together every thread of the story some of which I didn't even realize were being planted And I found I really cared about the characters even some I thought I didn't like I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading Evelina which I hear moves at a faster pace

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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. Same ole Burney here Ingenue learns life lessons Yay I mean imma gonna read all of her books though

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REVIEW Camilla or A Picture of Youth 107 Æ ❴BOOKS❵ ⚣ 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 extremely kind EugeniCamilla – A Picture of Youth deals with A Picture PDFEPUB #194 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