Tennyson's Gift (2020)

Tennyson s Gift A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThe bestselling author of Eats Shoots Leaves turns a fiendishly clever eye to the literary world Tennyson s Gift is an imaginative cocktail of Victorian seriousness
  • Title: Tennyson's Gift
  • Author: Lynne Truss
  • ISBN: 9780007355273
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThe bestselling author of Eats, Shoots Leaves turns a fiendishly clever eye to the literary world Tennyson s Gift is an imaginative cocktail of Victorian seriousness and farce that re imagines the world of the nineteenth century English poet laureate, placing him in the midst of eccentric company that includes dodgy Charles DodgsonA New York Times Bestselling AuthorThe bestselling author of Eats, Shoots Leaves turns a fiendishly clever eye to the literary world Tennyson s Gift is an imaginative cocktail of Victorian seriousness and farce that re imagines the world of the nineteenth century English poet laureate, placing him in the midst of eccentric company that includes dodgy Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll.
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    1. Let me start by saying that I found this novel in a hostel in Greece whilst sunning myself and generally having a splendid time As such, my review should not be interpreted as coming from a cynical fun void with no sense of humour HoweverHow anyone can genuinely find humour within this laugh a minute tome is beyond me Many readers have said that the book is slow to get going My own personal experience saw this book get going from glacial to static What starts as a depressing look at period life [...]

    2. It is rare for me to simply love an entire novel and not want to stop reading midway through or give up altogether in frustration You do not have to know all that much about Alfred Tennyson or any of the other literary cast of characters All you need is an open mind and a sense of humor This novel is pure fun to read and farce in the true sense of the word It seems that I am now mainly reading novels albeit fiction or nonfiction for research or analytical reasons that I rarely read just for the [...]

    3. An enjoyable romp, much on the lines of radio shows like The Gloomsberries, but using real names The writer uses a group of real celebrities who lived on or visited the Isle of Wight in the mid Victorian period, and concocts a mildly implausible but amusing story in which Julia Margaret Cameron ceaselessly tries to persuade Alfred, not yet Lord Tennyson to pose for her Add in a family of phrenologists and a visiting Lewis Carroll, and you have an interesting mix.

    4. I picked this up in the library because we loved one of Truss s other books, Eats Shoots and Leaves which I would recommend highly A bit slow getting started and from most of the text in the first chapter or two I was afraid that it would end up being the sort of book that seems to be all in vogue right now, purported biographies where the author fills in great gaps in what is known about the subject with their own flights of fancy We don t know what Lear and his man servant talked about but her [...]

    5. Humorous Historical Fiction.Silliness If you like Lewis Carrol,Alfred Tennyson,Julia Camernon early photographers and Victorian literati, and quirky British humor the first few paragraphs have not failed me It reminds me of watching Posh Nosh for the first time fascinating, foreign and oddly funny It s very English use English accent when saying English for full effect.Don t let the bad choice of cover art turn you away from this book.

    6. Alright, I really really liked this book, but given that it caters to some of my very specific interests making fun of Prominent Victorians Said Victorians making fun of each other Semi obscure jokes about Victorians And so on I could be a little biased I would definitely recommend this book, if that s something you re interested in, though.

    7. A perfectly paced and riotous caper, underpinned by a scholarly knowledge of Tennyson and his cycle , to whom Truss devoted a wonderful little pamphlet for the National Portrait Gallery In the course of a few days on the Isle of Wight in the Summer of 1864, the ill conceived marriage between the elderly painter George Frederic Watts and the seventeen year old actress Ellen Terry unravels while they are house guests of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, who is obsessed with her pursuit of her n [...]

    8. Very entertaining read I loved the comic portrayal of such eminent Victorians I also read this on the Isle of Wight and visited the Dimbola House Museum JMC s photographs are very arresting and were influential in Hollywood Well worth seeing and re living the setting of the novel.

    9. This is a strange little volume and I haven t quite decided whether to persevere with it I m about a third of the way through It s written in a style that sounds like one of those wry, smart mouthed female TV personalities like Kathy Lette or Sue Perkins Many of her expressions are hilariously apt, but it does mean that you re very conscious of the personality of the author as you read and since her voice is not at all Victorian, it jars a bit.What s really distracting, for me, is that I m const [...]

    10. Random but fun I saw this book on a bookshelf in someone s house when I was sort of sneaking around looking at what they read, and wondered what it was From the woman who brought you Talk to the Hand and Eats, Shoots Leaves , this is a fictitious story about lots of heroes of Victorian England s artistic world all getting together in a coincidence of drama and mayhem Lewis Carroll is there, Julia Margaret Cameron, and of course Tennyson, Poet Laureate It s such an odd little story that it can t [...]

    11. This was very funny and was a kind of Alice in Wonderland set in the Isle of Wight in Victorian times Although I enjoyed it I didn t really understand what it was about Just as I thought it was exploring fame in Victorian times it seemed to shoot off and start to examine talent or something else Of course it could have just been for fun but it read as though there was a serious point to the story lurking under the funny stuff Unfortunately if there was it was buried too deep for me to find it.

    12. Knockabout fun playing fast and loose with a little bit of Victoriana Not one for the serious literature shelf as I m sure Ms Truss would be happy to concede but a most enjoyable and chucklesome jaunt She reminds me of the late Linda Smith Further proof in the current well, last year s debate over whether clever women can be funny that they most certainly can be It s like her Radio 4 series, Acropolis Now an enjoyable half hour if you catch it not all the world if you miss That she went on to wr [...]

    13. Meh While there was nothing specifically wrong with it, I didn t enjoy it and actually abandoned about two thirds through It felt a bit too clever like she was trying just too hard to be witty and literary, leaving me both cold and trying to get past the literariness to the story Which I still haven t done two thirds through and I still don t know what the point is Just a personal thing but not my cup of tea.

    14. In this book, the author imagines a quirky summer vacation of several Victorian authors and artists The writing style takes on the flavor of Victorian comic satire, even when the story s events turn emotional I enjoyed the story as an entertaining diversion between larger books.

    15. Hope this gets better as I m really not enjoying it yet humour seems overly worked and calculated.Gave up after 3 chps too many other good books to read to waste time on one that irritates me so much.

    16. This is a wonderful book quirky, entertaining and refreshingly unique I love the Isle of Wight and it was a sheer delight to read all about these extraordinary characters and their eccentricities I would highly recommend it.

    17. An intriguing romp As other people have said makes you want to find out about all the different real leife characters brought to life in this book I ll never think of Tennyson in quite the same way again

    18. This is one of the wittiest books I ve ever read Truss really knows the period the facts, the feel, and the foibles If you appreciated A.S Byatt s erudition in Posession and have a sense of humor, you will love this book I can t understand why it s been overlooked.

    19. Entertaining account of what happens when Tennyson meets GF Watts, Ellen Terry and Charles Dodgeson Just add some evil kids and an American phrenologist

    20. Didn t like it much, and although it is supposed to be a comic novel, I found it sad than funny Gave my copy to the library

    21. It was ok Some of the characters were a little one sided It was not as good a book as I thought that it was going to be.

    22. Actually funny, interesting and moving by turns, but so far removed from anything I ve read before that I really don t know how to place it.

    23. I think this one may have eluded me, at least where any sort of emotional connection is concerned There were parts I think I was supposed to find funnier than I actually did, which is always disappointing other than that I never really felt I settled in to understanding what the book was trying to do.

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