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Re^4: O'Brian on the power of novels

Kate Bunting


On Tue Mar 28, Joe McWilliams wrote
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>I almost - but not quite - ordered a book by Prevost, La Fayette or Richardson from the library. They're all there. One feels one should. Has anyone here read anything by any of them?
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We studied La Princesse de Cleves (La Fayette) when I was at uni long ago. She is married to a 'dull but worthy' man, falls for a handsome charmer but decides not to marry him when her husband conveniently dies.
Dr Johnson said something like "If you read Richardson for the story you would hang yourself from impatience; you read him for the sentiment."
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