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Castle Rackrent and Ennui

Castle Rackrent and Ennui Thady Quirk devoted steward to the decaying estate of the Rackrent family narrates a riotous story of four generations of a dying dynasty in Castle Rackrent Thady will defend his masters to the

  • Title: Castle Rackrent and Ennui
  • Author: Maria Edgeworth
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thady Quirk, devoted steward to the decaying estate of the Rackrent family, narrates a riotous story of four generations of a dying dynasty in Castle Rackrent 1800 Thady will defend his masters to the end, but eventually his naivety and blind loyalty cause him to ignore the warning signs as the family s excesses lead them to ruin This volume also includes Ennui, the enThady Quirk, devoted steward to the decaying estate of the Rackrent family, narrates a riotous story of four generations of a dying dynasty in Castle Rackrent 1800 Thady will defend his masters to the end, but eventually his naivety and blind loyalty cause him to ignore the warning signs as the family s excesses lead them to ruin This volume also includes Ennui, the entertaining confessions of the Earl of Glenthorn, a bored, spoiled aristocrat Desperate to be free from the demon of ennui , Glenthorn s quest for happiness takes him through violence and revolution, and leads to intriguing twists of fate Both novels offer a darkly comic and satirical expos of the Irish class system, and a portrait of a nation in turmoil.

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    1. Two hundred twenty years old yet it still has its charms.Part history, part gossip and part social commentary, one gets the same satisfaction reading this as when he reads Dominick Dunne writing about the crimes and excesses of today's rich and famous. Having done research on her own ancestors, Edgeworth created a fictionalished servant named Thady who tells the story of the patriarchs of four generations of Rackrent heirs: one a dissipated spendthrift, another a litigating fiend, the third a br [...]

    2. I read this for my M.A Irish Literature 19th Century Novel course. Both are hallmarked as the classic "Big House Novel." The subtext & paratext in "Castle Rackrent," creates an interesting, satirical narration. Worth reading as a comparison to the novels of Austen.

    3. Well - I read all of Castle Rackrent and started Ennui - actually having more interest in Ennui with the United Ireland connection. Halfway through Ennui nothing much was happening (ennui means pervasive boredom) - and that's pretty much how this work struck me. I suppose writing about your main character's all consuming boredom does not fit modern sensibility. I must confess, I expected more.That said, it is a work of merit from the historical Anglo-Irish perspective - which is why I was readin [...]

    4. I found both of these stories very interesting. I did not get bored of them and they were easy to understand. I'm glad to say the more classical books I read the easier it is to understand and enjoy them.

    5. I really enjoyedEnnuia lot more than Castle Rackrent. It tells the story of a spoiled brat going to Ireland and there discovering that he is not the heir to the estate he thought he inherited. He then has to start over, which is interesting. I really enjoyed Maria Edgeworth's style here which I recognised fromBelinda . I am excited about studying it further.

    6. Two novels written by a member of the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland after the Union between Ireland and England. Edgeworth, being a member of the Protestant upper-class, albeit a progressive and enlightenment influenced member, certainly sees the benefit to an intermeshing of Irish and English culture. She holds no strong bonds to nationhood, seeing advancement and progression as the keys to human development. This is perhaps why her novels have fallen out of favor, as the famine kind of prov [...]

    7. When a long-time servant of the Rackrent family decides to write about them, the result is a stylishly entertaining exploration of master/servant relationships. It is a satire of 19th century Anglo=Irish landlords. This was both entertaining and interesting from a historical perspective. Castle Rackrent is symbolic of Ireland with control constantly changing and Thady represents the Irish people. It is a metaphor for Ireland around 1800. I found it very interesting. This volume also includes Enn [...]

    8. Maria Edgeworth was an Irish contemporary of Jane Austen. These 2 short novels were a fantastic insight into her talent. The first - Castle Rackrent - is a biting, satirical frolic thru the potted history of a most ignoble family. Ennui, the second and longer tale, has a more sombre tone and is a more cleverly sustained piece. The lead character, victim of the ennui, might, in modern days, be diagnosed with depression - so vivid were the descriptions of his malaise. Recommended for lovers of 19t [...]

    9. I bought this in Oxfam. The lady at the till said 'Ooo, that looks good' and I thought: 'Yes! Gothic. Maybe like Uncle Silas. Can't wait.' But it wasn't like that at all. These are early novels. Once everyone read them. Now, it's an effort. They're laborious, moralising, with cyphers rather than characters. You've got notes on the page and notes at the back. And a very thorough introduction, which I forgot as soon as I'd finished it. It's probably not fair of me to review the book without a full [...]

    10. I only read Ennui and didn't actually get to read Castle Rackrent. I enjoyed it but I am not sure it is something that I would just pick up on an everyday basis to read for myself.Of the 18th Century literature I have read this is probably one of the less painful books. The story keeps you entertained for the most part and you do not feel like you are just reading some long journal that never ends that tells you nothing about anything. Witty, humerous, and entertaining, I thought it was okay.

    11. The publication date of this book is misleading because although this version was published in the 1990s, the books were written in (about) the 1830s. Both stories are satires of lords in Ireland. Edgeworth uses unreliable narrators in each case (was she the first author to use this device?) The characters are very funny and the events seem unbelievable today, but of course were based on the kinds of relationships that existed then. People who like historical comedies - and who are interested in [...]

    12. I finally got around to reading this, and expected a trashy but readable gothic novel in the line of Mrs. Radcliffe, but instead found a readable if hectoring novel about how an English landholding family made a hash of things in Ireland due to excessive decadence and general stupidity. You'd probably be better off with a good history book about English misdeeds in Ireland, but Castle Rackrent isn't excessively long.

    13. Ennui's an entertaining comic novel about the re-education of a young nobleman. Some fairly fascinating speculations on nature versus nurture, as well as a vision of education that has everything to do with the rise of the middle classes in nineteenth century England. Worthwhile for anyone interested in the history of education in England, or for anyone interested in tracking the ways the very form of the novel subverted class structures.

    14. At this stage it seems to point towards glenthorn inflicting his English sense of authority over the subjects he has only encountered in his land in Ireland. Edgeworth draws interesting parallels between natural and unnatural human conditions as products of people's social position. Would be good to compare the representation of the Irish race here with that in 20th century drama such as John Bulls Other Island and the Playboy of the Western World.

    15. Apologies to my Irish colleagues for taking so long to get around to this. The 3 stars is not disinterested - it is a damned useful book, setting up all sorts of connections, from Sterne to Beckett and no doubt beyond. How good it might be as a disinterested read, I'm not sure

    16. I only read Ennui in this book.Wow I don't even know how any of that just happened. Enjoyed this way more than I could have ever expected.Video review of Ennui:youtube/watch?v=wqEFR

    17. Ennui is best summed up by a quotation from the book: 'Any man, you see, may be made a lord: but a gentleman, a man must make himself'. This is a comic tale of self-improvement of a rich man constantly bored with life, except on the rare occasions when he has to exert himself.

    18. Not bad but not particularly good, either; the prose is not nearly good enough to justify the lack of plot. This supposedly influenced Turgenev - read him instead.

    19. I borrowed this from Renee Aukeman, didn't get very far in it. Don't remember why I stopped. She is a gem.

    20. Incredibly funny, witty satire which rips into the class system and iniquity in 18th/19th century Ireland. A bit slow towards the end of the second book but great otherwise

    21. These were supposed to be classics, but I only found Ennui mildly entertaining. Edgeworth is no Jane Austen.

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