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Zuleika Dobson - Community Reviews back

by Max Beerbohm
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Warwick
Warwick rated it 2 years ago
An exquisite Edwardian oddity – a sort of magic-realist proto-campus-novel about paranoid sexual fantasy, as related by Beau Brummel or Oscar Wilde. Our eponymous heroine is a personification of feminine desirability – ‘the toast of two hemispheres’, she has already, before the novel begins, ‘rang...
MochaMike
MochaMike rated it 6 years ago
My, my, my, my, my.Not one for the casual reader.Briefly: My, my, my, my, my.Less briefly: A tale told in high register, of arrogance and honor, the fine lines between conflicting emotions, irony, Oxford University, the righteous and the self-righteous, the femme fatale, fantasy meeting reality, ant...
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it 6 years ago
WHY I WANT TO READ IT: I haven't read much Beerbohm, except for the odd essay here and there, and as this is his only novel, I want to try it. The premise sounds kind of dumb, but perhaps the writing will make up for it, or it'll be funnier than it sounds.
Kathryn Lively, Reader
Kathryn Lively, Reader rated it 6 years ago
I understand this work was to have been a satire on university life in the Edwardian era, or perhaps a satire of upper class, but I found it a bit silly. Zuleika isn't much of a character to speak of, but maybe that was the point. At any rate, this is a requirement on the Modern Library Top 100, so ...
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