Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith

Diana of the Crossways

After her unhappy marriage, we watch the beautiful and witty Diana as she is followed by a trail of suitors. Her sparkling repartee and the author's intellectualized philosophy give this novel unusual depth. Nine 90-minute cassettes and one 60.

Details Diana of the Crossways

TitleDiana of the Crossways
Release DateDec 1st, 2000
PublisherWayne State University Press
GenreClassics, Fiction, Literature, 19th Century, Historical, Victorian, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Diana of the Crossways

  • Bob
    Peter Ackroyd's "Dan Leno" includes a lot of scenes in the Reading Room of the British Library - I don't know how much historical liberty has to be taken to find a morning where Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde and George Gissing were all sitting there at the same time. Anyway, it was either that book or his "Chatterton" that reminded me I had never actually read George Meredith.Meredith strikes me as a quintessentially Victorian writer; no hint of moderni...
  • Waverly Fitzgerald
    It took a while to get through Meredith's slow, fussy, didactic and sometimes turgid prose, especially the first chapter. But what a story, when you finally get to it! Diana of the Crossways is a unique heroine, impetuous, headstrong, vibrant, passionate and in every way in trouble in a Victorian society that sexualizes every relationship between a man and woman. The relationship between Diana and her best friend, Lady Emma, is physically affecti...
  • Rama
    Even though the book's more than a century old, this's some of the most beautiful, sophisticated and original prose that one can encounter. Content doesn't matter when it is art for art's sake.
  • Ellen
    It was very difficult for me to actually persist and finish this book. Meredith's language is convoluted and muddled; often I would have to re-read sentences in order to get an understanding of what was being said. And no one, absolutely no one of any era, speaks in the manner in which the characters in this book do!The story is of a young woman, Diana, who has married a man with whom she doesn't get along, and has left him. She's divorced him, w...
  • Steph Su
    This is a Victorian work of fiction, based on the life of notorious socialite Caroline Norton, who married a bad man, wrote pro-feminist literature, and got involved with several political figures. As a result, reading DIANA OF THE CROSSWAYS is a curious combination of knowing it’s fiction that’s heavily based on real events, and trying to get lost in the emotional sensations that Meredith tries for with his all-over-the-place writing. Unfort...
  • Jessica
    George Meredith is brilliant. I have in mind, for starters, the way he distributes attention among his characters’ psychologies, consciousnesses, experiences. Witness the earliest evidence of his roving narratorial presence: the intermingling of dialogue with Redwood’s interior monologue during Diana’s debut. Then, Redwood pursuing Diana to The Crossways, semi-delirious from cold and apparent disappointment, ostensibly, but actually wired i...
  • Patrizia
    Lo stile dell'autore è decisamente maschile: serioso,intricato, fastidiosamente elusivo nei passaggi cruciali; e il primo capitolo sembra addirittura scritto con l'intento di scoraggiare i potenziali lettori. Ma i personaggi sono affascinanti, e la storia è di quelle che appassionano: una giovane e bella donna di origine irlandese, caratterizzata (e in qualche misura oppressa) da un'intelligenza vivace, acuta, che si rivelerà preziosa per tutt...
  • Lucy
    Reading the first 150 pages was like swimming in jelly. Then suddenly the novel came to life and I couldn't put it down. Don't be put off by Meredith's having based it on a real person - he may have used Caroline Norton as inspiration, but of course there is no actual affair, no children involved, and the politics is vague in the extreme. The characters are wholly plausible - poor Emma, the devoted invalid friend with the flaky husband, Miss Aspe...
  • Richard Epstein
    Critics are always trying to rescuscitate George Meredith, explaining with patience, learning, and obdurate fortitude that his novels are unfairly neglected. They may be neglected (well, they are neglected), but "unfairly" is a matter of opinion. I have begun many volumes of Meredith, but I have finished few.
  • David Madden
    This is one of the greatest early feminist novels [so is Meredith's THE EGOIST:], and Meredith's witty, satirical style is among the greatest [along with Hugo and Faulkner:].
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    This book was really, really difficult to get into. I just couldn't do it. George Meredith knew the woman that he based the vivacious Diana off of. Meh, I just couldn't finish it.
  • Amanda Himes
    This is a wonderful yet neglected novel; those who enjoy fiction by George Eliot or Charles Dickens would like it.
  • Sarah Sammis
    The book was a gift from my father before I went to college. I ended up reading it at long last while sitting in a laundry mat in Alhambra. It made the rather dull chore go by quickly.
  • Burns
    I can do no better than to quote this unsigned appreciation from the New York Times over a hundred years ago: "There has often been genuine exhilaration in battling with a story by George Meredith. One has felt, in the difficult task of reading it with comprehension, as if he were walking over a bad and winding road in the face of an obstinate east wind. Not a wholesome diversion for one in poor health; not a satisfying one for a lazy person. But...
  • Dara Salley
    I love George Meredith for how attuned he is to the insufferable position of women in the 1800s. No male novelist of the time writes about this topic with more empathy and wit. However, this book didn't do much for me. I wasn't that interested in Diana or her troubles. I imagine it's a difficult task to create a character who is beautiful, noble, loveable, intelligent and interesting. Meredith is not able to rise to the task.
  • Sagula
    It was a torment to read. The characters are improbable and artificial, the language and style are stilted, and the plot predictable and clumsily constructed.
  • LauraT
    A bit boring I'm afraid
  • Abigail
    A pretty dull read. The characters are not interesting, and Meredith's style is very hard to get into and overly ornate.