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43 review for The Vicar's Daughter (Virago Modern Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    This is my least favorite of E.H. Young's novels. I found it turgid and overworked. I certainly understood Mr Roper much better than Margaret, who seemed immature and delighted in toying with people's emotions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This is the second E H Young novel I have read recently, and I have become quite a fan. The story of Maurice Roper, who having been caretaking his cousins parish awaits his return, and that of Margaret, the woman he once loved and his cousin married. The one decision Maurice has had to make during their absence, sets them all on a course of misunderstanding and secrecy. Poor Maurice, though a middle aged man, is very much still, the young orphaned boy who didn't measure up to his more glamorous c This is the second E H Young novel I have read recently, and I have become quite a fan. The story of Maurice Roper, who having been caretaking his cousins parish awaits his return, and that of Margaret, the woman he once loved and his cousin married. The one decision Maurice has had to make during their absence, sets them all on a course of misunderstanding and secrecy. Poor Maurice, though a middle aged man, is very much still, the young orphaned boy who didn't measure up to his more glamorous cousin, who was pushed into the sea and laughed at. Maurice's desperation to be liked, and to fit in, is often heartbreaking. E H Young writes in such a way as to only half reveal to the reader what the characters themselves know. The reader if left to observe the characters as the drama unfolds slowly through such things as daily family interactions and mealtimes. This is a beautifully written, old fashioned novel, where in some ways nothing much happens, and yet at the same time it does.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    The central plot here is surprisingly priggish for EH Young. The matter of whether Caroline is “actually” the vicar’s daughter seems too thin to hang a novel on, and by the end, it runs out of steam. Some great comic moments early on though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    It takes a prodigious talent to build a novel around an unappealing character, but that is the skill that makes E. H. Young such an interesting writer. The central character in The Vicar's Daughter is sanctimonious, self-pitying, and without friends or close family. He is not someone we'd chose to spend time with, but Young manages to incite our interest (and our sympathy?) in this dull cleric. This is the third book (Miss Mole, Chatterton Square) by this author that I've read and, although Miss It takes a prodigious talent to build a novel around an unappealing character, but that is the skill that makes E. H. Young such an interesting writer. The central character in The Vicar's Daughter is sanctimonious, self-pitying, and without friends or close family. He is not someone we'd chose to spend time with, but Young manages to incite our interest (and our sympathy?) in this dull cleric. This is the third book (Miss Mole, Chatterton Square) by this author that I've read and, although Miss Mole was by far my favorite, I find myself fascinated by her character studies. Young immerses us with characters who have very limited scope to their daily lives. Either limited society, limited opportunity, or both. The focus is on their interior lives which are, conversely, very busy places. Not much to do and alot of time to think. . . . I am fascinated by these stories of small town life. Issues center around relationships, and like Barbara Pym's novels---nothing ever really happens, so there is lots of room for "much ado about nothing."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Squeak2017

    Tiresome, smug and uber sensitive characters, no plot beyond minuscule variations of who knew what and when, as tiny nuances of conversation have a disproportionate impact on the characters' delicate understanding of their situation, and clunking prose signalling great unknown secrets which passes for creating suspense - there really wasn't anything to like about this book. This is the last Young novel I shall read and I am relieved to be finished it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve Foster

    Possibly E.H. Young's worst novel, but still worth reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Probably 3.5 - but it got a bit tedious in places.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I starred "really liked it" because of my affection for Young's writing style. The plot was moving along smoothly and enjoyably until the final section. The ending was a disappointment and a surprise twist. Young led the reader to believe that some ominous and possibly tragic event might occur and instead turned the culmination into a rather farcical comedy of errors. That was a letdown for me and not because I wanted some calamitous tragedy but a joke was too much to absorb. I still enjoyed and I starred "really liked it" because of my affection for Young's writing style. The plot was moving along smoothly and enjoyably until the final section. The ending was a disappointment and a surprise twist. Young led the reader to believe that some ominous and possibly tragic event might occur and instead turned the culmination into a rather farcical comedy of errors. That was a letdown for me and not because I wanted some calamitous tragedy but a joke was too much to absorb. I still enjoyed and find in Young's books that her exposition of the interior life of the characters is always fascinating and I think her unique talent. I look forward to reading more of her work.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Durrant

    I loved it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suse

  11. 5 out of 5

    Roxane

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca J

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

  16. 5 out of 5

    Toffeeapple

    How some people get through life amazes me. Poor Maurice.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meg

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Butland

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janis

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    Liz Trueman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey Thompson

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    Mandy

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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    Fran

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ali

  29. 5 out of 5

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    Misha Mathew

  32. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

  33. 5 out of 5

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  34. 4 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

    Elin Heron

  36. 5 out of 5

    Naturelover

  37. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

  38. 4 out of 5

    Leseratte

  39. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  40. 5 out of 5

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  42. 5 out of 5

    Bosa Mora

  43. 5 out of 5

    Karoline

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