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Clara Vaughan - Volume 2

R. D. Blackmore

Book Overview: 

Clara Vaughan, the young heroine, narrator, and namesake for R. D. Blackmore’s early detective novel, is determined to solve the mystery of her father’s murder—a crime that occurred when she was only 10 years of age. The book gives an account of Clara’s adventures, romances, and encounters with many eccentric characters, when, years later, she devotes herself to unraveling the mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .If so, far better to be blind from birth. Well I know the taste from memory; shall I never taste it else? Has beauty lost its way to me? The many golden folds of air, the lustrous dance of sunny morn, the soft reclining of the moon, the grand perspective of the stars (long avenue to God's own home), are these all blank to me, and night made one with day?

Oh God, whose first approach was light, replenisher of sun and stars, whence dart anew thy gushing floods (solid or liquid we know not), whose subtle volume has no bourne or track; light, the dayside half of life, leaping, flashing, beaming; glistening, twinkling, stealing; light! Oh God, if live I must, grudge me not a ray!


Low fever followed the long prostration to which the fear of outer darkness had reduced my jaded nerves. This fever probably redeemed my sight, by generalizing the local inflammation, to which obj. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I am so thrilled to have discovered an author whose work is new to me! I am a huge fan of Victorian English literature, and I finally discovered R. D. Blackmore. His characterization is on par with Wilkie Collins, but with even more depth and richness. Now I can never forget Mrs. Shelfer—the animal-

Victober continues! This was a ton of fun, it felt like a serialized novel, very dramatic sections Murder! Intrigue! An entire chapter dedicated to the best dog ever! (I WOULD DIE FOR YOU GIUDICE) Revenge! Friendship!

Lol, this is not going to change your life but damn it was like reading a tv show,

Sadly the endless pages of dialect put me off. It’s a thing with Victorian books, and you generally have to swallow it: they didn’t mean to be patronising and snobbish even if that’s how it comes across nowadays. In many cases, it seems to have been a genuine attempt to ventriloquise local people. B