A Great and Terrible Beauty

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Sun Sep 19 19:51:12 EDT 2004

>> I read bits of this and thought it was godawful, alas. It did sound *so*
>> promising ...
> Did you think so?  I read that description that Judith posted and
> immediately thought, "that'll be awful!".
> Why did I think that?  Well, I'm not an expert, but "Gemma" does not sound
> like a Victorian (of any part of the period) name to me; it seems mid-C20.
> And "Doyle" is an Irish name, but "Spence Academy" sounds thoroughly
> English - and at this point, I'm getting into the Irish mind-set that says
> "Doyle" is Catholic and "Spence Academy" is Protestant, and never the twain
> shall meet, at least not without major class/race/religion issues that the
> blurb doesn't mention.  My immediate reaction was that the author had not
> done his/her homework.
> I may, of course, be utterly wrong (not having read the book); blurbs are
> notoriously misleading (when not plain inaccurate!).  But it sounded quite
> the opposite of promising to me.
> Enlightenment?
> Dorian.

Wow, Dorian, well spotted! Libba Bray has a blog; you could leave a comment
asking all those questions!

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