Gwendolen

Gwendolen

Gwendolen, an exceptionally beautiful, young upper-class Englishwoman, is gambling boldly at a German resort (winning big, then losing just as soundly) when she learns from her twice-widowed mother that their fortune has been lost. The eldest in a family of sisters, Gwendolen is now responsible for all of them, and, though a fine archer and rider, she has little more than Gwendolen, an exceptionally beautiful, young upper-class Englishwoman, is gambling boldly at a German resort (winning big,...

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Title:Gwendolen
Author:Diana Souhami
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1627793402
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Gwendolen Reviews

  • Caroline Wilson
    Dec 04, 2014
    Reviewed for the Historical Novel Society. Will be posted in February 2015. Until then, please visit my website Caroline Wilson Writes for more historical fiction reviews. ...
  • Caroline Wilson
    Mar 19, 2015
    Gwendolen is a retelling of George Eliot?s classic Victorian novel Daniel Deronda and finally gives a clear voice to its ill-starred heroine. The novel opens in Gwendolen?s perspective, her story told from the space of the many years since Deronda forsook her for another woman. ...
  • Gina
    Jun 12, 2015
    This is an innovative story using the characters from George Elliott's 19th century novel Daniel Deronda (it might also inspire readers to read the original classic). Told from the perspective of the main character, Gwendolyn, the reader learns of her unhappy marriage to a cruel and sa...
  • Catherine Siemann
    May 10, 2015
    I was excited to read this version of Eliot's Daniel Deronda from Gwendolen's point of view. I should say that I own two sequels to Daniel Deronda called Gwendolen, this one published recently, and the other, anonymously authored, from 1878. (I have only been able to bring myself to sk...
  • Melanie Coombes
    Jan 17, 2015
    Many people may be familiar with the book Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. This book was told from the point of view of Gwendolen, one of the characters in that book. This whole book is basically a love letter that was never sent to the only man she loved, Daniel Deronda. Instead she...
  • Barb
    Jan 03, 2015
    Somewhat take on George Elliot's Daniel Deronda--written from Gwendolen's point of view. Gets tedious, though, especially when you already know how the story goes. ...
  • Jessica
    Feb 13, 2015
    This was a First Reads books I received at no cost. Did not enjoy this book. At all. Gwendolen was tiresome, whiny, and just plain annoying. Found myself not caring what happened to her, and struggled to finish this book. ...
  • Lynn
    Jan 05, 2017
    Gwendolen is a pretty independent young woman who finds herself penniless and in need of caring for her mother and sisters. So she marries a wealthy man who turns out to be despicable and feels like a prisoner. The novel is about a character from Daniel Deronda and the author imagines ...
  • Karen M
    Feb 13, 2015
    Picture a time when a beautiful, flirtatious young woman could still be so naïve of men and marriage that she believed her soon to be groom would keep his distance and shared her distain for marital intimacy. A time when women were treated as chattels, possessions, goods to be decorat...
  • Amy
    Feb 16, 2015
    2.5 I was given this book from a GoodReads give away for an honest review. I knew going in that it was based on a character from Eliot's 'Daniel Derona'. Loving the time period was not enough to overcome not having read 'Daniel Derona' first. At first I hated Gwendolen, then I started ...
  • Andrea P.
    May 27, 2015
    This review and others can be found on Cozy Up With A Good Read This is a bit of a difficult book to review, I got through it very quickly but I am still unsure of my true feelings about what happened. I found at times I was losing interest in the characters and I just found that de...
  • Noemi
    Feb 28, 2015
    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy from Henry Holt and Company, through Goodreads. This review reflects my own opinions about the book. This book is a letter written to George Elliot's Daniel Deronda from Gwendolen Harleth/Grandcourt. Gwendolen tells her story and the abuses ...
  • Laurie
    Apr 01, 2015
    Gwendolen is written in the form of an undelivered letter to her love Daniel Deronda. The letter recounts her life beginning from roughly the time just before she makes eye contact with Deronda while gambling feverishly at a roulette table in Homburg, Germany, to when Gwendolen is prob...
  • Kathleen Yohanna
    Apr 16, 2015
    I enjoyed Gwendolen by Diana Souhami very much. It gave me a different perspective of life in the 1800's and especially the restrictions put on woman and the total control husbands had over their finances. I also enjoy historical fiction and this book was quite different from life ofte...
  • Marsha
    May 15, 2015
    Daniel Deronda is not one of my favorite novels. The titular character comes off as too saintly and characters like that are awfully dull to read. They should never be made the central figures in books unless we see their progression from soiled and difficult human beings like the rest...
  • AndrĂ©a
    Apr 15, 2015
    Note: I received an ARC from the publisher. ...
  • Kelly
    May 16, 2015
    I have not read 'Daniel Deronda' by George Eliot, and after this novel, I perhaps won't. The cover screamed of a novel about a feisty young woman challenging her time and becoming a woman in the Victorian age. Yet Gwendolen was anything but a woman, she was selfish and spent the entire...
  • April
    Feb 12, 2015
    I received Gwendolyn through Goodreads First Reads! Thank You!! At first I did not like Gwendolyn. However I found the end very interesting!! Gwendolyn is a Good read. ...
  • Caroline
    Apr 29, 2015
    I have so many things I want to read right now and after 50 pages it is irritating me somehow. I haven't read Daniel Deronda so maybe that is why I can't bring myself to care about this person, she is rather unappealing. ...
  • Linda Gaines
    Jul 03, 2015
    It really was fun reading this novel just after I'd finished Daniel Deronda. This modern novel gives some new imaginings on Gwendolen's life and what could happen after George Eliot's novel. In fact George Eliot is even in this novel. ...
  • Eve
    Feb 13, 2015
    First of all, I want to thank Henry Holt & Company for "Gwendolen: A Novel" in which I won through Goodreads Giveaways. I was quite excited to begin reading "Gwendolen" as I had already read "Daniel Deronda," and also had seen the BBC production as well. However, I feel, as a re...
  • Mirella
    May 25, 2015
    Gwendolen by Diana Souhami is based upon the classic novel, Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. The novel is written in an epostilatory style as the main character, Gwendolen, is writing a letter to the man she has been obsessively in love with for years. In her story, she reveals the horr...
  • Paul
    Jan 08, 2015
    George Eliot meets Mills and Boon. A tender distraction from the challenges of ordinary life. ...
  • Pamela
    Sep 11, 2014
    This was a Goodreads First Read - thanks to Quercus for the giveaway. An intriguing novel - Gwendolen Harleth, the heroine of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, retells the story of her great romance from her point of view. Gwendolen's thoughts and emotions are skilfully conveyed as...
  • Nini
    Sep 10, 2014
    I recieved this book through first reads. It isnt the sort of story I normally go for but I fancied a change and the historical aspect of the novel appealed to me. I enjoyed the book and did come to like Gwendolens character, the historical aspect of the story was done very well. Overa...
  • Helen Rudolf
    Jan 01, 2015
    This is a wonderful reimagining of George Eliot's Victorian novel, Daniel Deronda. But it not only retells the story of one of the main characters, Gwendolen Harleth, it innovates by introducing the novelist and her circle of real friends and characters, and places Gwendolen, after the...
  • Detrice
    Feb 13, 2015
    We all have our secret ambitions, dreams, hopes and ideas about what our lives should provide us with. What we tend to not consider is how our need to take care of others and our ability to love even oneself can lead us down a path that detours from our personal sense of wellbeing. Thi...
  • DanĂ½
    Jan 07, 2017
    Diana Souhami's novel Gwendolen is a response to critic F.R. Leavis's comment that the best part of Daniel Deronda is called Gwendolen Harleth. Souhami returns to George Eliot's co-protagonist, unnamed in the title of her novel Daniel Deronda, and writes her life. I read Daniel Der...
  • Jack Bates
    Sep 20, 2017
    I wanted to like this more. I like Souhami's biogs, she's a good writer. And it's not that this is badly written. As an idea for a book it's perfectly fine (taking a character from another book and exploring their backstory - in this case, Gwendolen is a character from Daniel Deron...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Jul 20, 2016
    Daniel Deronda by George Eliot is a book that brings me back to the days in University, when I first read it. It had caused a rift between me and my best friend, actually, since Anne was an idealist back then- before age and experience caught up with us- and I was as pessimist, cynical...