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The Female Quixote

Charlotte Lennox

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .III. Which treats of a consolatory visit, and other grave matters.

Arabella, being then awaked from her slumber, was indulging her grief by complaints, which her women were so used to hear, that they never offered to disturb her. Merciless fate! said she, in the most moving tone imaginable; cruel destiny! that, not contented with having deprived my infancy of the soft cares and tender indulgences of a mother's fondness, has robbed me of the only parent I had left, and exposed me, at these early years, to the grief of losing him who was not only my father, but my friend, and protector of my youth!

Then, pausing a moment, she renewed her complaints with a deep sigh: Dear relics of the best of fathers! pursued she, why was it not permitted me to bathe you with my tears? Why were those sacred remains of him, from whom I drew my life, snatched from my eyes, ere they had poured their tribute of sorrow over them? Ah! pitiless women! said she to her attendant. . . Read More

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Let me be honest; The Female Quixote was a huge struggle to get through. Only the fact that I'd decided that I was going to finish this book and review it, kept me from putting it away. Frustratingly, this wasn't because the story as such was bad or the writing was shoddy, it was because Lennox's pr

3.5 stars. An entertaining, humorous, overly long novel about 17 year old Arabella, who reads and commits to memory popular French historical fiction romance novels. Arabella has not had the guidance of a mother or female companions, being brought up by her widowed father in a remote English castle.

The beautiful, delectable, bright Arabella 17, has it all , a fabulously wealthy nobleman father, once a prominent man in the king's court, the nameless Marquis, having fled London , now living in a remote castle in rural eighteenth century England. The daughter's servants take care of every need or

Having just finished a group read of Charlotte Lenox’s The Female Quixote, the consensus opinion was that this was a lost opportunity. The conceit driving this novel was to reproduce the confusion, hilarity and social satire in Cervantes’ famous novel; recast from the point of view of an equally con

Hah, what a lovely little book this is. What a lovely, deliciously ridiculous book this is. Seriously, it's a romp.

From the title itself, you can discern that it involves some kind of delusional mis-adventurer. Quite right, as the story revolves around the life-story of the Lady Arabella, who is as

This delightful novel centers around the young and cloistered Arabella and her obsession with romance novels. From her extensive reading Arabella develops ridiculous, romantic notions about people and events she comes into contact with on a daily basis. Oblivious to the sneering and jeering from oth

It is baffling to think that a young heiress of ANY century would spend her formative years reading romance novels and believing that the events and characters therein were FACTUAL.

This book is difficult. Funny events and misunderstandings do happen, but readers must sift through the flowery languag

It is a comedy and a parody of romance novels but also shows the power of fantasy and imagination in human relations. This I think is the more potent of the books' purposes because the way Arabella reacts to life is not a caricature; it is entirely possible that a person can build such defenses in o

This book is one joke stretched too thin. The heroine can never be a Quixote because she is almost entirely passive - imprisoned by gender and social status as much as Rapunzel in her tower. The joke - that she takes seriously the trashy French cod-medieval romances fashionable at the time - wears i

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