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Pamela By Samuel Richardson

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ISBN-13: 9780192829603
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Pamela 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very heart-warming novel. The heroine is one of the most adorable in English literature. The 'Master' is accurately portrayed, with more human qualities than the exemplary Pamela. However, they cry too much, and she represented herself too basely, but it is a very good book that's worth comparing with Hoffmann and Pushkin.
CareALotsClouds on LibraryThing 7 days ago
It honestly shocks me that this was a best seller at the time and it caused a storm with the eighteenth century audience. Were they brain dead? It reminds me how the audience now went crazy over the Da Vinci Code, but really, it's just a load of rubbish. Granted, it was different at the time. 'Robinson Crusoe' was also madly popular, and the public wanted more of this new 'novel' form. This book is mainly an epistolary novel (pioneering attribute in the novel) that tries to convince its readership that there is truth in the words, and that the readers should go away and think about what a good girl Pamela was, and how she was rewarded in the end. So, ladies of the eighteenth century, did you get that? Be pathetic, a lap dog and worship and love those that try to rape you and kidnap you, and you will be rewarded by marrying your kidnapper! Great one! What is terrible about this book is the character of Pamela, who is overly pure and perfect, who takes everything that is thrown her way, is tormented by Mr B constantly, but then decides, that in fact, she loves him! So she goes back, and takes torment from his sister instead! Very good. The character is immensely unbelievable and serves only as a message to the women of the time to obey their men and be like Pamela (which they wouldn't and couldn't have been; no human being can be like Pamela). The worst part of this novel isn't even the issues or morals it sends out, rather, it's the form and style of story telling that it uses. There is no denying that it started the epistolary trend and gave yet more forms of narrating for novel writers, but the context in which it is written in makes the story laughable. Pamela is constantly writing letters. That's right. She writes letters even when she knows no one will read them, and she writes letters as things are happening. She must be writing 20 hours a day. How does she have time to be raped and kidnapped? It's a wonder. It's just common sense. It astonishes me that an author in the time where novel writing was highly looked down upon, and so tried to make their novels seem real, adopted the very narrative that made his book ridiculous. There is hope, however; not all eighteenth century readers were duped by this. If you do get yourself through this awful, dull and boring novel (which is about 500 pages long of nothing), you must reward yourself (you deserve to be rewarded when you torture yourself, remember?!) and read the humorous 'Shamela' and 'Joseph Andrews' by Henry Fielding who took 'Pamela' for what it was: a novel that lacked any credibility. If you have to read this book to find out the roots of the novel, the roots of the novel are simply not worth knowing about.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this novel! There were parts however that did drag on a bit 'like before mentioned' but i was already so captivated by the tale that I wouldn't think to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to give Pamela 4 stars because there are a few parts wherein Richardson repeats a bit and drags things out, but if you love the Victorian novel, this book is a must read!