[EPUB] ✼ Lady Audley's Secret Author Mary Elizabeth Braddon – Publitags.co

A slight mix for me Definitely an interesting novel, gripping, engaging with some wonderful characters and interesting insights into Victorian society a 5 star until the last quarter, but I m not sure how I felt about the ending Nonetheless, definitely one that I need to think aboutand that I d love to study Top Ten Secrets of Lady Audley10 is a dude9 is husband s mom8 killed somebody7 used to be hooker6 is screwing the gardener5 escaped from mental hospital4 baby is not husband s baby3 is slowly poisoning husband2 is dead husband just having creepy imaginary conversations with ghost 1 Sortof likes ColdplayThe mid 1800s saw the rise of the sensation novel, which brought the spooky atmosphere of the Gothic into normal peoples homes Now the spouse or other family member was the danger Anthony Trollope suggested that they should be at the same time realistic and sensationaland both in the highest degree The most famous example is The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins the other two pioneers are East Lynne by Ellen Wood and this book right here The genre was immediately successful, and remains so today if you liked Gone Girl, here is its grandmother.And sensational it is, chock full of intrigue and reversals and madness Victorian madness, with its gleeful disregard for the DSM Foreshadowing oozes out its sides like an overstuffed sandwich Braddon addresses us directly, chatty, sarcastic, sometimes catty, often with what feels a little like misogyny We re repeatedly reminded of the horrible things that have been done by women since that day upon which eve was created, and the feminine prevarication the womanly trickery ladies are capable of Hints of sympathy emerge Lady Audley, she of the secret, knows what Every school girl learns sooner or later I learned that my ultimate fate in life depended upon my marriage She has no way to better her situation except by marriage, and so she s forced to pursue it by any means necessary But Braddon is no feminist.The characters are terrific Phlegmatic Robert Audley drifts his way through the mystery, sighing about all the effort He will learn seriousness, but not without trial he ll be forced to smoke innumerable shitty cigars Bratty Alice Audley not Lady her stepdaughter Such a nice girl, too, if she didn t bounce runs away with every scene she s in Lady Audley herself is a mighty femme fatale Braddon has a knack for great characters there are memorable ones in her early detective novel Blood of the Serpent too She shows an affinity for detective stories in both books.Braddon was very popular in her time, but she s faded now You wonder why, right This is a fun book, engaging and well designed It lacks something an authority, a certainty, maybe And it s not like there s a ton of doubt about how the mystery s going to be resolved I can t make a super forceful case for re elevating her She s good, not great, for me But I had a good time reading this book. Bigamy, Child Abandonment, Deception, Theft, Murder, And Insanity All Take Part Of Mary Elizabeth Braddon S Novel Her Over The Top Drama Was One Of The Most Popular Novels Of The Mid S And Provides An Interesting Portrayal Of Both Class And Gender Issues As They Intersect Within The Domestic Sphere This is a sadly forgotten but great 19th century sensation novel that rivals some of Wilkie Collins best books such as The Woman in White and the Moonstone Its also one of the first to feature a female villain which wasn t typical of early literature Nevertheless, this dynamic creates an interesting character study which discusses female motives and what they are capable of despite their beauty and grace This is a great book and it definitely needs to move closer to the top on your to read list. Lady Audley s secret is yet another Victorian sensational novel I read for the year My first such experience was The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins I have read that Collins and Ms Braddon are known as the best authors of the genre and that Lady Audley s secret is regarded as a rival to The Woman in White This knowledge made me want to read the book, and when a group to which I belong was intended upon reading this I couldn t resist the urge to join in I m very much glad that I did Told by an unknown narrator, the story is focused on a secret of a woman named Lady Audley and the ultimate revelation of what this guarded secret is When one reflects after the read, the story is a pretty simple and straight forward one But the beauty lies in the twists and turns Ms Braddon had so carefully employed to keep the reader guessing on what actually the secret is She lays down clues and throws hints here and there without giving way too much and keeping the secret well guarded until the time is right for a confession by Lady Audley I found the writing of Ms Braddon remarkable There is so much beauty in her metaphoric prose The subtle descriptions of a setting, a character or anything in general is so colourful that you are instantly transported to the time and setting of the story Though her writing is a little verbose at times, this was balanced with the use of simple dialogues The usage of such techniques made the read both interesting and quick The set of characters used are quite unique and intriguing The main male character, Robert Audley, is a young barrister He is lazy and purposeless but by fate, the discovery of Lady Audley s secret is forced on him The story is both this discovery and Robert s struggle to gather clues and evidence towards this discovery at the risk of his own life I really enjoyed reading how Robert s character was developed throughout the story From an idling and purposeless life, he was slowly but steadily uplifted to a responsible and intellectually mature one Throughout his journey to unveil the secret, he becomes determined and courageous and he finally understands his duties and responsibilities to his loved ones and to the society at large I was very much impressed with his character development While Robert Audley represented the detective, judge and the jury, and the executioner, the culprit was Lady Audley, a wicked and treacherous woman who uses her beauty to appease her mercenary intentions Lady Audley is undoubtedly the most dangerous female villain I have come across She is resourceful and has a surpassing strength of mind and she can only be compared to a demon in the guise of an angel The battle between these two main characters that were in opposite ends was really intriguing Throughout the read I was in the middle of a waging war waiting impatiently for the truth and justice to triumph All the other characters were well placed and developed in the course of the story They provided a well structured backdrop for the story Having read both The Woman in White and Lady Audley s Secret, I now understand why it is said that they rival each other While The Woman in White touches on the male villainy against innocent and unprotected females, in Lady Audley s Secret the gender role is switched here we find female villainy against the males It is said that Ms Braddon had admired The Woman in White but was not happy with the Collin s heroine Since I have also heard that The Woman in White served as an inspiration for Ms Braddon to pen Lady Audley s secret, I feel that Ms Braddon has purposefully used a character who has an incredible strength of mind and who is resourceful as the female lead, though she represented evil Both were great reads and I enjoyed both very much I m really glad that I came across these two books this year and they both have gained a position in my favourite classic shelf. Loved thisgreat fun 4.5 stars, rounded down As I read Lady Audley s Secret, I kept thinking of Poe, Conan Doyle and Anne Bronte A nice combination, if I must say so myself Braddon has created an interesting story line and a creepy environment in which to plunk down her motley set of characters I loved the conflicting ideas that are present within Lady Audley herself and especially enjoyed the myriad ways she is viewed by the other characters in the story Her secret did surprise me, and I confess I thought it would not Braddon does a wonderful job of creating atmosphere and her descriptive passages are delightful and vivid She plants red herrings and takes the mind into many dead end suppositions She made me laugh a little, but at the same time cringe In the end, I loved both her story and the way it was delivered While many things progressed in the novel exactly as I assumed they would, there were a few moments of complete surprise and that is always nice in this genre I will not hesitate to readof Braddon s work when I can fit it into my schedule. An entertaining Victorian Era novel that is similar to The Woman in White They both were part of the short lived Sensation genre of novels from mid 19th century England, although Lady Audley s Secret doesn t quite measure up to The Woman in White The beautiful but devious Lady Audley was far and away the most interesting character in the novel Her nemesis, Robert Audley, nephew to her husband, was so condescending and snobish, that I found myself pulling for the narcissistic, murderous, bigamist, Lady Audley. LADY AUDLEY S SECRET s title would suggest that the book holds in its pages something that would deeply scandalize the reader I suppose, the fact that it didn t surprise me, when the ominous secret was finally revealed, says something about what our society has grown accustomed to, as well as the fact that I read too many crime novels That being said, I did rather enjoy reading this book The story flowed well, and the style of Braddon s writing is very accessible I read this for a lit course, and thus think of it, for the moment at least, in terms of motifs and symbols and feminism and the gothic, but it is actually quite entertaining, too.Despite this, Braddon is far from as famous as her Victorian contemporaries, the Bronte sisters and George Eliot This is the only book by her that I am familiar with, so I cannot judge what qualities her work may have lacked, which the others possessed Maybe it was because LADY AUDLEY S SECRET was considered a sensational novel, and thus not deemed as literary and worthwhile as the other ladies work Then again, the previously mentioned writers also had one book which was farfamous than their others, so maybe, at the time, Braddon held her own with them Just thinking I suppose I ll be reading up on her Wikipedia page AnywayI have to admit, I do prefer the Brontes, but I think Braddon s novel is farthan a scandalous little volume It brings up the limited rights of women at the time, and, in a way, gives the reader a dubious answer to what may happen when women are forced to take care of their own best interests It also highlights facets of Victorian life and traditions, fascinating not simply on a scholarly level.I would recommend reading this, especially if you enjoy other Victorian literature.Findreviews and bookish fun at After around fifty pages or so of reading this I was incredibly disappointed I d found out what Lady Audley s secret was I didn t really want to read any further But, that s what I was meant to think Her actual secret isn t revealed to the very end And, I must say, I was rather surprised I didn t see it coming It was quite a shocking discovery I d spent the rest of the novel is a state of absolute certainty regarding the secret I thought it was quite a crap secret to be honest Well, not entirely crap, but revealed too early within the narrative It disrupted the narrative drive, I felt like I had nothing new to discover But, again, that s because it wasn t the real secret It was a red herring meant to throw the reader off The result of this was a pleasant surprise towards the end, though it also meant that the first third of the novel were incredibly slow, whereas the last parts were intense and utterly gripping Overall, it was a fairly enjoyable book, but I could not get over my lack of engagement with it in the beginning Its purposeful obviousness made me want to stop reading, but it did make up for it in the end My intellect is a little way upon the wrong side of that narrow boundary line between sanity and insanityThis is a sensational novel, so it was written with two purposes The first was to shock its readership and the second was to make money It has the obvious shock factor The fact of what Lady Audley has done is incredibly shocking, and her true secret is evensurprising To a Victorian audience this would have been scandalous But, I don t feel that there s much beyond that Yes, the plot had its moments, but literature like this needsthan an exciting plot When I read a book like this I want to have emotions beyond a simple shocking I want to see and feel the characters But, I just couldn t There was an element of emotional depth missing in this I did like the detective aspects They became quite thrilling The exploration of the meaning of sanity was the most memorable thing of the novel It follows the idea that it can be internalised and self created In the circumstance this was quite horrendous, but it was also an appropriate reaction The Victorians didn t understand what could, and what could not, be inherited from our parents thus, this character has practically devised their own fate through their pitiful ignorance The stand offs between Robert Audley and Lady Audley were very tense I was expecting to see something explosive happen after them You seem to have quite a taste for discussing these horrible subjects, she said, rather scornfully you ought to have been a detective police officer I sometimes think I should have been a good one Why Because I am patientWell he has good reason to be I m saying noThere was also the separate issue that my university insisted that we read it in periodical segments We were to read a few chapters each week I found this quite difficult I read a lot of different books So, to have a massive break like that between chapters meant that I d actually forgotten most of what happened the week before I had to rely on plot summaries to remind myself of what actually had happened in the book I seriously recommend avoiding this Whilst it may be quaint to read it in the same manner of the Victorians, I know for a fact that it hindered my appreciation of the novel I ve tried to be deliberately cryptic in my review This book relies on its shock factor, and I didn t want to give anything away with a plot summary it would spoil it This was a thrilling read, the detective elements and the shock factors made it quite exciting, but I think this was mainly the case in the second volume The third volume was very tense however, the first volume felt very, very, flat I did enjoy this, but I have no interest in reading anything else by this author. This was recommended to me as a cross between Austen Heyer but other than the abundance of grey eyes Heyer this book didn t remind me of either authorlike Conan Doyle or Poe.Fortunately I love Conan Doyle Poe.Fast paced at the start, the book slowed down about three quarters of the way through with a lot of exposition and a lot of melodramatic angstfor modern tastes, view spoiler The Hero telling The Villainess his plan of action not just once was inexplicable hide spoiler