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Fanny Burney

Book Overview: 

This is the story of Camilla, her beloved but selfish brother Lionel, her sisters Eugenia and Lavinia, and their extremely beautiful but thoughtless cousin Indiana on the months proceeding their marriages. Camilla is deeply in love with Edgar and he loves her back. However, on the advice of a friend, decides to make sure that she is free of fault. She has the luck to find herself in lot of uncomplimentary and comic situations which doesn't make Edgar's wish easy. Meanwhile, Camilla, on the advice of her father, is trying to make sure that Edgar really loves her before marrying him. Will they marry at the end? And will her sisters and cousin be happy? If you want to know the answers to these questions, and many more, please read the book.

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Book Excerpt: 
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Indiana, intent but upon running on, had nearly reached the church-yard, without hearkening to one word of the expostulating Mandlebert; when, leaning over a tombstone, on which she had herself leant while waiting for the carriage, she perceived the young Oxonian. An instinctive spirit of coquetry made her now increase her pace; he heard the rustling of female approach, and looked up: her beauty, heightened by her flight, which animated her complexion, while it displayed her fine form, seemed more than ever celestial to the enamoured student; who darted forward from an impulse of irresistible surprise. 'O Heaven!' she cried, panting and stopping as he met her; 'I shall die! I shall die!—I am pursued by a mad bull!'

Edgar would have explained, that all was safe; but Melmond neither heard nor saw him.—'O, give me, the. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I'd really like to give it three and a half...I'm torn. Lots of great Dickens-esque characters and the provision of a real understanding of the perils of women during the time period push it to four. The social commentary is important and something so alien to us now that it's definitely worth readi

I don't know about anyone else, but I "really like" the feeling of being in the middle of a 900 page book from the late 18th century about whether or not the main character will ever get to marry some guy- and all its accompanying crazy misunderstandings; menacing men who are constantly trying to ca

Same ole Burney here. Ingenue learns life lessons. Yay
I mean imma gonna read all of her books though

Camilla is a romance par extraordinaire with a great deal of insight into the lives and times of the upper class women in the late 18th century and some nearly perilous excitement at times, but a romance nevertheless, so 3 stars from me as I'm not a huge romance fan. Camilla loves Edgar, but as far

I was introduced to Frances Burney at Uni when we had to read Evelina. I loved Evelina and the tutor said if anyone had liked Evelina, they should read Camilla which is similar but over 900 pages. I immediately went out and bought Camilla and I adore this book. The story is a slow burner, although t

Holy mama, I think that I deserve a cookie after reading this bad boy. I don't know why this novel felt so long to me, because I really enjoyed it for the most part, but it is nearly 1,000 pages, so you can only have so many excursions and letters before they all start to feel the same (in a way, th

3.5 stars

Unlike Evelina, Camilla is not a comedy of errors, or a comedy of manners. It is over long (my edition has 913 pages) and it's point isn't immediately apparent. I enjoyed the beginning, which was, though slow, full of fun character moments, and it's set in one of my favourite periods, and w

ETA on 17 Aug/2020
On second read, I am still standing by my original opinion.
It's an interesting read in itself and as a "product" of its time, but for me as a modern reader, and especially in comparison with Jane Austen, it's just too excessive. There's too much of everything, like a pantomime.


I am not enjoying this book as much as I enjoyed The Female Quixote, which was really, really funny, but I'm trying to keep an open mind.

Burney, was an 18th century novelist who influenced Jane Austen, and if you read this book, you can see how. However, you can also see, if you read, that Austen w

In my opinion, Burney's least successful novel, but this is still a great read. The secondary characters in this steal the show, especially Eugenia, who might just get the prize for the most sympathetic female character in 18th century fiction. Camilla would come a close second, though, given what s

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