Girl in a Blue Dress

Girl in a Blue Dress Beloved writer Alfred Gibson s funeral is taking place at Westminster Abbey and Dorothea his wife of twenty years has not been invited Gibson s will favours his many children and secret mistress ove

  • Title: Girl in a Blue Dress
  • Author: Gaynor Arnold
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  • Page: 275
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  • Beloved writer Alfred Gibson s funeral is taking place at Westminster Abbey, and Dorothea, his wife of twenty years has not been invited Gibson s will favours his many children and secret mistress over Dorothea who was sent away from the family home when their youngest was still an infant Dorothea has not left her apartment in years, but when she receives a surprise inBeloved writer Alfred Gibson s funeral is taking place at Westminster Abbey, and Dorothea, his wife of twenty years has not been invited Gibson s will favours his many children and secret mistress over Dorothea who was sent away from the family home when their youngest was still an infant Dorothea has not left her apartment in years, but when she receives a surprise invitation to a private audience with Queen Victoria, she is shocked to find she has much in common with Her Highness With renewed confidence Dorothea is spurred to examine her past and confront not only her family but the pretty young actress Miss Ricketts.

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    1. Onvan : Girl in a Blue Dress - Nevisande : Gaynor Arnold - ISBN : 955647614 - ISBN13 : 9780955647611 - Dar 442 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2008


    2. Iako obožavam Čarlsa Dikensa ova knjiga me je ostavila potpuno ravnodušnom I ne vidim razlog što je uopšte ušla u širi izbor za Bukera


    3. I was surprised by how complex this book is. Much like Paula McLain's The Paris Wife, this novel takes the breakdown of a famous writer's marriage and transcends the tawdrier qualities to present a moving, realistic portrayal of personalities and emotions abruptly whipsawn by circumstances. Gaynor Arnold doesn't pretend this is a completely factual account -- unlike Ms McLain, she didn't have a wealth of source material to work from -- but it's still a very realistic account of Victorian moralit [...]


    4. 3.5 rounded down. A great debut novel! So, okay, this is a story based on Dicken's marriage but all the characters are fiction. (So if you're wondering if there's countless references to Dicken's work, the answer is no. Arnold makes up new titles and mentions some references to basic items, such as "bah humbug!" or "the orphan boy".) I did catch one "Charley" instead of "Alfred" being used in referring to the Dickens character. As they say, fact is stranger than fiction and when I googled Dicken [...]


    5. As the story (set squarely in the Victorian era) opens, a woman is sitting at home, unable to go to her husband's funeral. Thousands of other people went, but she is at home in a small apartment. She can only hear the details from her daughter. The woman in question is Dorothea, nicknamed Dodo; the dead man is Alfred Gibson, known also as the One and Only, a famous British writer whose works were read even by the queen. Dorothea did not go to the funeral because no one wanted her there; it turns [...]


    6. This was our book club pick for January. I was really excited to read this book. It is based on the marriage of Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine. Before beginning this book I had zero back ground knowledge of their marriageor lives for that matter. Believe me the cover alone had me intrigued.Here is my advice: Do Not Read this book if/when you are feeling slightly depressed, fat, or if you are having marital difficulties. It could put you over the edge. It nearly put me over the edged I wa [...]


    7. Liked reading it, but not sure whether I could recommend it. Yes, there seemed to be a conclusion and yes, Catherine's voice is strong in here. But really. WHAT WAS THE POINT? We never got a satisfying conclusion; the confrontation with her sister and with the 'mistress' gave me no sense of closure. I was so disappointed in the end because nothing seems to change. But I guess that could be the point; nothing is supposed to change. This is a portrayal of Dicken's life and Catherine's previously u [...]


    8. I really enjoyed every page of this first novel by Gaynor Arnold, this was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and it should have won!Dorothea, widow of Alfred Gibson narrates the story. Alfred was the most famous novelist of Victorian times and much loved by the British public. The story opens on the day of his funeral - to which Dorothea was not invited. They have lived apart for many years and Dorothea has been banished to a small London house. Whilst the rest of the country mourns Alfred's [...]


    9. Good book, but if you like Charles Dickens, do not read it because you will not like him as a person when you finish this book!


    10. I found this book at a thrift shop so I picked it up. I like Victorian and Victorian-esque literature so I thought I'd give it a try. It was a delightful surprise that in the end, had me thinking a lot about love in our modern life. It made me ponder male/female relationships. The theme is love, but where do love and duty cross lines? It is a loosely based fictionalized account of the marriage of Charles and Catherine Dickens. The character's names are changed and some facts have been altered, b [...]


    11. Gaynor Arnold’s first published novel, a fictional memoir told from the point of view of Charles Dickens’ estranged wife, proves that there are still great, new authors with much to contribute to the world of letters. Combining Dickens-inspired language and convincing social mores and scenery, she furnishes the tabloid-worthy facts of the complex author’s life with characters who, like himself, are at times villains, comic relief, and occasionally unlikely heroes; and by featuring one of h [...]


    12. I enjoyed this fictionalized account of the marriage of Charles and Catherine Dickens. The author does an excellent job imagining the difference between the moralistic public writer, and the not so nice family man and husband. He was egotistical, self-centered, and willing to destroy his wife in order to satisfy his desire for a younger woman. Worth reading.


    13. Despite its somewhat feminist sensibilities, this is a thoroughly old-fashioned book -- which is appropriate since it's inspired by Dickens. Throughout, the dialogue sounds utterly written, not spoken. Once I got over this artifice and accepted the book on its own terms (within in first 20 pages or so) I was hooked. I liked this one a lot and I'm sorry it's over.


    14. This was an intriguing book, largely because the narrative is based on the marriage of Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine, except with all the characters renamed and taking on a new identity. Here we have the discarded Mrs Gibson, living in virtual isolation in an apartment in London while her husband was lauded as the One and Only, one of the most popular and influential men living in London at the time. The book is well written, and certainly keeps you engaged, and explores the way in whic [...]


    15. I really thought this book was intriguing. A historical fiction piece revolving around Charles Dickens and his wife—told from her perspective about their courtship, marriage and its dissolution. Particularly noteworthy to me was the role of women, and how few choices they really had in life, compared to men.


    16. The Girl in a Blue Dress has a cast of characters with different names, but in fact, this is a fictionalized story about Catherine Dickens, the wife of Charles Dickens, and the great writer. Catherine's father had been Dicken's benefactor. When he was invited for dinner, Catherine and Charles fell madly in love. Catherine's father was dead against this marriage. Charles Dickens was poor and unknown. Despite the parents' wishes, Charles and Catherine were married. Catherine was not educated and p [...]


    17. This book begins in sadness and progresses into misery. The story opens as the great Victorian writer Alfred Gibson is being buried. His cast-off wife Dorothea (Dodo) is not invited to the funeral. It is a common enough sad old story that a man throws off the wife of his youth for a younger, prettier girl. But as Dodo relives the story of her marriage through flashbacks, her experience shows itself to be even darker. Alfred Gibson was like a force of nature. He was outgoing, brilliant, and funny [...]


    18. "The Girl in the Blue Dress" is a fictionalized account of the life of Charles Dickens from the viewpoint of his wife Catherine. For years Catherine was viewed as sort of a 'Shakespeare's Wife'. A shadow of no real interest except for the number of children she gave birth to. A dull footnote in a brilliant man's career. In "Girl" Dickens is Alfred Gibson and Catherine is his wife Dorothea. In this Alfred is the It Boy of Victorian letters, magnetic, representing the values of home and hearth, po [...]


    19. Long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 , and rightly so, this literary historical novel is a gem. Based on the idea that being married to a great man and public figure is not what people imagine, or what the ‘Great Man’ says it is, Ms Arnold looks to Charles Dickens and his wife, Catherine Hogarth, for inspiration. She gives us the One and Only, the Great Original, Alfred Gibson, and his wife, Dorothea (Dodo). The story begins with the Great Man’s funeral and is told by his wife. No, [...]


    20. I may not appreciate Charles Dicken's writing, but his life certainly makes for a good novel. This was a very quick read, not only because it falls comfortably into the easily digestible language of the YA genre, but because it was well-paced, with the backstory woven into the "current" plot in a very logical, forward-moving sort of way. I generally do not appreciate "old England" sorts of books, either, but this one got the language just right. What's more, the characters were fully believable [...]


    21. I thoroughly enjoyed this! Based on the marriage of Charles Dickens through the eyes of his wife Catherine. The names of the characters were changed for the purpose of this book but the foreword confirms the family on which it is based and the level of research done.Alfred (Charles) was an endearing, colourful character who fell in love with the timid Dorothy (Catherine) when she was still young and pure. Once she had given birth, he turned his affections to her younger virginal sisters though i [...]


    22. Like so many people, I am a big Charles Dickens fan. That being said, I definitely think the situation he perpetuated with his wife was in very poor taste. This book is based on Alfred and Dorothea "Dodo" Gibbons-but it is based on the Dickens' story. I know the author was trying to give Catherine Dickens a voice and a chance at redeeming her life after the death of her husband. I also understand that this all took place in a different place and time, but my frustration kept building as Dorothea [...]


    23. This is a "book of fiction" but although the names have been changed, it is the story of Charles Dicken's wife. I was completely absorbed in the story, so much so that I borrowed a biography of Dickens from the library to check certain facts and events. Dorothea (Catherine) was completely smitten when she first met Alfred (Charles) as a young girl. As he became more popular and widely read, their life together falls apart. She continues to adore him, but the burden of raising their 8 (10) childr [...]


    24. It took me a few chapters to get sucked into this book but then took over my life until I finished it. I made myself stay up until 2:00 in the morning to finish it so I could focus on my family again the next day. Author does an amazing job of capturing the voices of Charles Dickens and his family so that you really feel like you know them. Fascinating and heartbreaking portrait of a marriagebut what I enjoyed most was the metamorphous of the main character- Dodie. I love how she has the courage [...]


    25. I was intrigued to delve into an intimate story inspired by the life and marriage of Charles Dickens. The prose is very readable, engaging, and the setting is authentic. The first-person narration immediately drew me into the heart and mind of Catherine, the wife of Dickens. Although I was disappointed that dear Mr. Dickens is portrayed as a selfish egotist, it was convincing, as well as his charm and appeal the same. A third of the way through, although sympathetic to the plight of an abandoned [...]


    26. This just eeked out the second star. It was just barely ok. The subtitle caught my eye at the library and, since I'm interested in Dickens, sounded appealing. I would have enjoyed a non-fiction account of his marriage more, though this mirrored it in many ways. The goofy titles the author made up for use in place of Dickens' actual novels were enough to make anyone blanch. The writing itself was uninspired and only the curiosity to find out what would become of the title character was enough to [...]


    27. Gaynor Arnold is a new author to me and I really enjoyed this book. The story is about the wife of a victorian novelist and is loosely based on Charles Dickens and his wife, Dodo Gibson/Catherine Dickens and begins when he dies. The story moves backwards and forwards throughout their life together and ultimate separation. Alfred Gibson/Charles Dickens' treatment of her seems to be dreadful and what makes it more dreadful is the way in which he attempted to justify it. He must have been a charism [...]


    28. I knew very little about Charles Dickens' life and found this to be surprising. Many talented people seem to have troubled personal lives - this was interesting and portrays the difficulties within his marriage very well. It definitely makes me want to find out more and read all of his books in chronological order to compare to his real life troubles and how he was inspired.


    29. Since this is based on Charles Dicken's life some would say it is character assassination. The author does an outstanding job of character development. Although it is hard to like any of the characters this book does make you think. It is a great book club book.


    30. Read only if you want to study how beautifully done research can be wasted via serious narrative failures. And even then, as you study, prepare to rant aloud en route and even to holler, "Do you hate your readers, is that it, Gaynor Arnold? Criminey!"


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