Electricity by Victoria Glendinning

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An award-winning author traces the sexual and intellectual awakening of a Victorian Englishwoman married to an electrical engineer, who becomes caught up in the excitement of the new science and the charms of a country aristocrat.
 

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Victoria Glendinning is the award-winning author of "Trollope" and "Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West", which both won the Whitbread biography award, as well as "Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell, Rebecca West", and "Jonathan Swift". She has also written three novels: "Flight, The Grown-Ups", and "Electricity". She was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in Somerset, England.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Hutchinson. 224 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Charlotte, far brighter than either rather bigoted parent (Dad likes young girls, on top of it) and lucky enough to have had at least some schooling before her family's income fell away, is smitten with the idealistic Peter partly because ``I wanted to have a special destiny too.'' Married at yea...

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Whitbread Award-winning biographer Glendinning (Trollope) sets her pensive second novel (after The Grown-Ups) in late-Victorian England, where 18-year-old Charlotte Mortimer escapes from her parents'

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Though fond of her serious, intellectual husband, Charlotte finds his lectures on the modern, rational world that electricity will create less compelling than the attractive Godwin's lighthearted enumeration of the natural wonders found on ``the inexhaustibly lovely face of the earth.'' She embar...

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The choice seems historically plausible for Victorian times, and politically acceptable to contemporary readers, but as executed it's literary make-work, Glendinning introducing no important new figure for Charlotte to spark against.

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