Evelina Anville has been raised an orphan, but she does not begrudge her situation. Pretty, kind, and intelligent if somewhat naive, her entrance into the world allows a fairly modern (and certainly humorous) look on eighteenth-century English society.
Time to read: about 3 weeks because of exams, though I read most of it right before having to write an essay on it…
For an eighteenth-century novel, Evelina is a surprisingly easy and accessible read. Evelina reminds me of myself when I was in my mid-teens, and her sweet-natured commentary on the going-ons around her are funnier than I was expecting. The characters are a strange mix of one-dimensional and two-dimensional, and the dialogue is full of irony.
Then there’s Lord Orville. Oh, Lord Orville. He gives Darcy a run for his money on the swoon-worthy scale! Watching Evelina’s feelings for Lord Orville grow through tiny hints is adorable and grin-making. There were times I was legitimately glued to the book, generally whenever Lord Orville appeared.
Of course, it is still an eighteenth-century novel. It can be slow at times, and if you’re looking for anything super passionate you’re going to have to look somewhere else.
Novels with similar aspects
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
Roxana by Daniel Defoe
Recommended to those who enjoy the classics. Austen fans will especially enjoy it.
Not recommended to those looking for a quick paced or light read.
I’m not expecting many to have read this one, so I don’t see a point in having a discussion post, but if I’m wrong let me know in the comments and I’ll put one up tomorrow.