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Henry Dunbar

M. E. Braddon

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Henry Dunbar returns to England after a 30-year exile to India for committing forgery. What follows is an adventure involving murder, deception, the ethical quandaries of guilt and responsibility, and the struggle against the gender and social barriers of the Victorian era.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Laura's friend and legal adviser; and the young lawyer was very enthusiastic in behalf of his beautiful client. Why should I seek to make a mystery of this gentleman's feelings? He loved her. He loved this girl, who, by reason of her father's wealth, was as far removed from him as if she had been a duchess. He paid a terrible penalty for every happy hour, every delicious day of simple and innocent enjoyment, that he had spent at Maudesley Abbey; for he loved Laura Dunbar, and he feared that his love was hopeless.

It was hopeless in the present, at any rate; for although he was handsome, clever, high-spirited, and honourable, a gentleman in the noblest sense of that noble word, he was no fit husband for the daughter of Henry Dunbar. He was an only son, and he was heir to a very comfortable little fortune: but he knew that the millionaire would have laughed him to scorn had he dared to make proposals for Laura's hand.

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Community Reviews

La Braddon si ritiene l'equivalente femminile di Wilkie Collins in termini di sensational novel vittoriana, di cui già ho avuto modo anni fa di apprezzarne la penna con "Il segreto di Lady Audley".

Avvincente e ben scritto, "Henry Dunbar" vibra come un giallo seppur di facile intuizione, ma ha la ver

After labouring through Hilary Mantel’s 900-odd page The Mirror and the Light, I felt like something swift and ‘sensational’ as a palate cleanser. Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Henry Dunbar (1865) delivered splendidly on both counts. This is the third novel by Braddon that I’ve read, and the one I have l

Una lettura mozzafiato! Ho divorato fino all'ultima pagina questo thriller vittoriano che non dimostra affatto i suoi anni in quanto a suspance.
Di solito nei romanzi di M.E.Braddon, anche nei più avvincenti, ho riscontrato la presenza di "tempi morti". Ebbene, qui non ce ne sono.
È un meccanismo narr

This is an intriguing story of identity theft, love, murder, privileges of wealth, dysfunctional families, and detective work without phones or computers. Braddon’s characters are realistically well-rounded: the good guys often show some less-than admirable trait, and the bad guys sometimes surprise

Ho sempre amato i gialli vittoriani, con le loro storie che si dipanano lentamente e i detective che (contrariamente a quanto succederà ai loro colleghi nei racconti 'polizieschi' di qualche decennio più tardi) il più delle volte risultano beffati dagli eventi.
Mary Elizabeth Braddon dimostra ancora

Thirty-five years before the action of this novel, Henry Dunbar and his valet perpetrated forgery upon the banking firm of Henry's father in order to pay Henry's gambling debts. The crime is discovered but covered up and Henry is sent to India to serve in the firm's offices there. The valet, Joseph

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