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Book Title: Run to Earth|
The author of the book: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Edition: Echo Library
Date of issue: April 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781847028457
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Starts Big, Ends Small
Two different mysteries, three villains, with one of them really being of the darkest dye, three murders (maybe, I forgot some), one suicide, the kidnapping of a child, three strong Victorian women – one of them uncommonly tragic, another quite a Becky-Sharp-like trickster –, and divine retribution … These are just some things that sensational novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon, an author whose works I have really come to enjoy, packs into her novel Run to Earth, whose very title alone is a haunting promise.
I’m not even trying to give you a synopsis of this plot-ridden novel because there is so much happening in there. Suffice it to say that one of the main characters is a young woman, who is living with a man claiming to be her father but exploiting and intimidating her, and when this villain, Black Milsom, actually kills a young seafaring captain over money, this young woman decides that she has had enough of it and leaves him. Later, she is married by a wealthy nobleman, Sir Oswald Eversleigh, who has just disinherited his ruthless and egoistic favourite nephew, Reginald Eversleigh. Reginald has a friend … well, you might not actually call him a friend, but a mentor of evil, Victor Carrington, who wants to help him to get back into his uncle’s good graces, and – even more importantly – into his uncle’s will, much to the detriment of our young heroine, now Lady Honoria Eversleigh. Carrington hatches a plot against Honoria and then kills Sir Oswald, but still things go awry for Reginald, and there are some other relatives standing between him and fortune, and … but wait, I said I won’t give a synopsis, and I’ll stick to my intention.
Braddon will let you worry with Honoria, and rout for the captain’s brother George Vernam, who is trying to find out the man who killed his brother, but, what is more, she will let you share a lot of time with the villains, especially with Victor Carrington, who is a true psychopath, without feeling and conscience, and who says things like
”I do not delight in crime, Reginald Eversleigh; and it is only a man with your narrow intellect who could give utterance to such an absurdity. Crime is only another name for danger. The criminal stakes his life. I value my life too highly to hazard it lightly. But if I can mould accident to my profit, I should be a fool indeed were I to shrink from doing so. There is one thing I delight in, my dear Reginald, and that is success!”,
but who loves his mother dearly. Now, isn’t that something? She will also have our heroine embark on a quest for revenge and retribution and have enlist the help of an eccentric detective who says funny things like
”I can believe in miracles, […] but I can’t believe in rural police constables.”
She will also give you the tragic Madame Durski, who ensnares young dupes into gambling, being born a child to a father whose only passion was experiencing the thrills of banking all his money on cards, and who finally finds the promise of true love coming within her reach, whereas another female character, Lady Graham, does everything to secure herself a wealthy husband, only to find all her attempts thwarted.
And yet, Braddon will, to a certain extent, spoil it all by having our heroine Honoria resolve to abstain from her bitter quest and put retribution into the hands of God, who finally does it in a very deus ex machina way, usually off-screen and so swiftly that you cannot help thinking that Braddon somehow wanted her story to finish. Those rash judgments of fate, and the many coincidences are quite disappointing and come at a time when you would have wished for the story to go into a new round of intrigue and machination. It also makes you feel that the novel could have been a bit more carefully planned.
At the same time, however, some of the characters and scenes of the novel will make you not regret having read it.
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Read information about the authorMary Elizabeth Braddon was a British Victorian era popular novelist. She was an extremely prolific writer, producing some 75 novels with very inventive plots. The most famous one is her first novel, Lady Audley's Secret (1862), which won her recognition and fortune as well. The novel has been in print ever since, and has been dramatised and filmed several times.
Braddon also founded Belgravia Magazine (1866), which presented readers with serialized sensation novels, poems, travel narratives, and biographies, as well as essays on fashion, history, science. She also edited Temple Bar Magazine. Braddon's legacy is tied to the Sensation Fiction of the 1860s.
She is also the mother of novelist W.B. Maxwell.
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