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
ISBN9780814328941
Author
Release DateDec 1st, 2000
PublisherWayne State University Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Historical, Victorian, Literature, 19th Century, Novels, European Literature, British Literature
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Reviews Diana of the Crossways

  • Bob
    2019-03-09
    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
    2015-09-15
    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
    2012-07-17
    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
    2013-10-06
    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
    2010-04-06
    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...
  • Richard Epstein
    2013-12-19
    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.
  • Lucy
    2013-02-26
    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...
  • Amanda Himes
    2013-06-05
    This is a wonderful yet neglected novel; those who enjoy fiction by George Eliot or Charles Dickens would like it.
  • Sarah Sammis
    2007-12-16
    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.
  • David Madden
    2010-06-15
    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
    2008-05-01
    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.
  • Burns
    2019-04-01
    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...
  • Sagula
    2018-05-10
    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
    2019-02-26
    A bit boring I'm afraid
  • Abigail
    2018-07-06
    A pretty dull read. The characters are not interesting, and Meredith's style is very hard to get into and overly ornate.