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Camilla is Frances Burney's third novel. It became very popular upon its publication in 1796. Jane Austen referred to it, among other novels, in her novel Northanger Abbey:"'And what are you reading, Miss — ?' 'Oh! It is only a novel!' replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. 'It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda'; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best–chosen language."This is the story of Camilla, her beloved but selfish brother Lionel, her sisters Eugenia and Lavinia, and their extremely beautiful but thoughtless cousin Indiana on the months proceeding their marriages. Camilla is deeply in love with Edgar and he loves her back. However, on the advice of a friend, decides to make sure that she is free of fault. She has the luck to find herself in lot of uncomplimentary and comic situations which doesn't make Edgar's wish easy. Meanwhile, Camilla, on the advice of her father, is trying to make sure that Edgar really loves her before marrying him. Will they marry at the end? And will her sisters and cousin be happy? If you want to know the answers to these questions, and many more, please read the book.
I can not say whether this book is well written. there were SO MANY DIFFERENT READERS..MOST WHOM WERE QUITE GOOD.BUT I TELL YOU THE TRUTH THAT LINDA b WHO HAS A WONDERFUL VOICE WHEN READING NORMALLY..."BUTCHERED" THE READING WITH ALL THOSE RIDICILOUS VOICES...I MEAN THE BOOK CLEARLY IS ABOUT ENGLISH GENTRY AND SHE HAS A SO CALLED MALE VOICE FROM GEORGIA OR SOME WHERE!!!! I THINK IT IS AWFUL WHEN WOMEN TRY MEN'S VOICES AND MEN WOMEN..JUST READ THE BOOK FOR GOODNESS SAKE. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING TO HAVE A GOOD BOOK AND IT IS MURDERED..IT MAKES IT TEDIOUS TO LISTEN TO.
This book was well written and well read, but it was an agony for me! My father recommended it to me years ago when I was about 13 years ago as one of his favorite books. How could he stand the agony of her declining situation?! I can understand my father's intentions to warn a young girl, but reading her agony as a senior citizen was too much. I just loved Sir Hugh and his affectionate nature for those he loved. Thank you for the reading of a very good but agonizing book I will never read again!