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halomanuk July 13th, 2011 06:45 AM

Classic fiction novels of Victorian Britain.
 
I have just finished Oscar Wilde's 'The Portrait of Dorien Gray' which i thoroughly enjoyed (except for chapter 11,when i think Wilde was on the wacky-backy ).

Having also read others such as Dracula and Dr Jeckyl & Mr Hyde i find the Victorian storytellers really had fantastic imaginations and writing craft,typical of the advancement of the 19th Century.

Which Victorian fiction novel do you like best and why,lads and lasses ?

Vladd July 13th, 2011 06:47 AM

For me apart from Dracula, it has to be Sherlock Holmes.

Louise C July 13th, 2011 11:21 AM

My favourite Victorian novel is Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. One of the funniest books ever written, in my opinion. I first read it when I was ten years old, and I must have re-read it upwards of twenty times over the years, it sitll makes me laugh.

I also like Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by E.O. Somerville and Martin Ross, it only just manages to be a Victorian novel, it was published right at the end of the 19th century, but it is very good.

Aroung the World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne is good fun, a cracking adventure story with plenty of humour (an essential for me).

I am not a huge Dickens fan, but I am rather fond of Great Expectations, I am devoted to Wemmick and his Aged Parent in particular.

Recusant July 13th, 2011 12:30 PM

Over the years my appreciation of Anthony Trollope has grown. I think that his insights into character (both of men and women) and interpersonal relations remain valid to this day, yet at the same time his work gives us a picture of the upper levels of British society during the Victorian era.

Another vote for Three Men in a Boat here, as well. :)

OakRidge July 13th, 2011 07:14 PM

G. A. Henty wrote several dozen adventure fiction novels during the Victorian period. Many can be found free on Google: G. A. Henty - Google Search

Vladd July 13th, 2011 11:57 PM

I would also throw in a vote for Three men in a boat, and has anyone read the second one, Three Men on the Bummel about their cycling tour through the Black Forest.

Louise C July 14th, 2011 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Vladd (Post 674025)
I would also throw in a vote for Three men in a boat, and has anyone read the second one, Three Men on the Bummel about their cycling tour through the Black Forest.

Yes. I don't think it is as funny as Three Men In A Boat, but it has some good bits in it. My favourite part is where they try out the phrasebook on the tradesmen.

Melisende July 14th, 2011 01:10 AM

Anne Perry too writes fiction set in Victorian London - with the main character being one of the newly commissioned policemen (William & Charlotte Pitt series).

Website is here -> Home | anneperry.net

halomanuk July 14th, 2011 01:15 AM

I haven't read 'Three Men in a Boat'....i think i might pick that up if i can find it cheap.

EDIT : I have just ordered it for 1.99

Vladd July 14th, 2011 03:39 AM

Then there is Raffles and Sexton Blake but I think he is more Edwardian and onwards


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