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10 thoughts on “A Fair Barbarian

  1. says:

    A young, beautiful American heiress descends upon a tiny sleepy English town Burnett loves gender and class stereotypes there is nothing she likesthan to write about a lady s delicate features or a man s strong arms, and certainly every member of the lower classes is flatteringly awed by their betters Nevertheless, the American Octavia Bassett manages to upset the usual mode just a little when she is asked to marry a handsome, well bred and rich Englishman, she refuses with composure A young, beautiful American heiress descends upon a tiny sleepy English town Burnett loves gender and class stereotypes there is nothing she likesthan to write about a lady s delicate features or a man s strong arms, and certainly every member of the lower classes is flatteringly awed by their betters Nevertheless, the American Octavia Bassett manages to upset the usual mode just a little when she is asked to marry a handsome, well bred and rich Englishman, she refuses with composure I love the scene You don t want _me_, she said You want somebody meeker, somebody who would respect you very much, and obey you I m not used to obeying people Do you mean also that you would not respect me he inquired bitterly Oh, she replied, you haven t respected me much Excuse me he began, in his loftiest manner You didn t respect me enough to think me worth marrying, she said I was not the kind of girl you would have chosen of your own will You are treating me unfairly he cried You were going to give me a great deal, I suppose looking at it in your way, she went on but, if I _wasn t_ exactly what you wanted, I had something to give too I m young enough to have a good many years to live and I should have to live them with you, if I married you That s something, you know He rose from his seat pale with wrath and wounded feeling Does this mean that you refuse me he demanded, that your answer is no She rose, too not exultant, not confused, neither pale nor flushed He had never seen her prettier,charming, ornatural It would have been no, even if there hadn t been any obstacle, she answered Then, he said, I need say noI see that I have humiliated myself in vain and it is rather bitter, I must confess It wasn t my fault, she remarked I love her There s nothingrefreshing than someone who is aware of the values of her peers, but recognizes their limitations and that they are important only in relative terms The plot of My Fair Barbarian is not complex or surprising, but it is short and sweet It is also a good showcase for Burnett s ability at writing Victorian literature that lacks a surprising number of the usual pitfalls of that era the sentences contain only a few clauses each, the dialog is impressively natural, and the characters are personalities of their own, rather than archetypes acting out a morality pagant


  2. says:

    Cute, but not too memorable for me The Shuttle is my preferred Frances Hodgson Burnett novel I LOVE The Shuttle This was short, and the stakes weren t quite as high as in The Shuttle, but the theme of American vs British manners was there, and some nice enough characters.


  3. says:

    As, I suspect, with most, my previous exposure to Frances Hodgson Burnett was through The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and The Lost Prince Those books are better A Fair Barbarian is a harmless and mildly entertaining shift from those child oriented books toa young adult s realm It s pleasantly reminiscent of Jane Austen, though less complex.The book s strength is the characters, who are interesting and moderately likeable However, despite a fair size crew of young men and women loo As, I suspect, with most, my previous exposure to Frances Hodgson Burnett was through The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and The Lost Prince Those books are better A Fair Barbarian is a harmless and mildly entertaining shift from those child oriented books toa young adult s realm It s pleasantly reminiscent of Jane Austen, though less complex.The book s strength is the characters, who are interesting and moderately likeable However, despite a fair size crew of young men and women looking to fall in love with each other, there s no strong resolution the ending comes disappointingly ex machina, and the story simply stops.Recommended for Burnett fans, and pleasant but not compelling for others


  4. says:

    I have read it not so long ago I am surprised that I haven t reviewed it then.Now, I am after reading The Shuttle and I can tell that I likethe subtlety of this novella than educational The Shuttle my review Both books are about what happened when American spirit met British conventions.This novella is funny and witty and the end is so surprising You haven t here a full story but it is this kind of a short stories which gives youthan you would think according to numbers of pages I have read it not so long ago I am surprised that I haven t reviewed it then.Now, I am after reading The Shuttle and I can tell that I likethe subtlety of this novella than educational The Shuttle my review Both books are about what happened when American spirit met British conventions.This novella is funny and witty and the end is so surprising You haven t here a full story but it is this kind of a short stories which gives youthan you would think according to numbers of pages


  5. says:

    A novel about a young American woman who comes to visit her aunt in England, and the effect her unrefined candor has on the conservative inhabitants of the town 1880.Frances Hodgson Burnett s books seem to have a way of drawing me in very quickly, before I can even give a thought to what the book might be about It was that way with A Lady of Quality known under several different titles and The Shuttle, although I have yet to finish reading the latter A Fair Barbarian gets the action of the A novel about a young American woman who comes to visit her aunt in England, and the effect her unrefined candor has on the conservative inhabitants of the town 1880.Frances Hodgson Burnett s books seem to have a way of drawing me in very quickly, before I can even give a thought to what the book might be about It was that way with A Lady of Quality known under several different titles and The Shuttle, although I have yet to finish reading the latter A Fair Barbarian gets the action of the story going quickly, and keeps it moving along at a satisfying, engaging pace For those looking for a light read full of authentic old world charm and some funny scenes featuring the differences between Americans and the English , I would recommend it.Full review and artwork at Another look book


  6. says:

    I had no idea that she wrote adult and not naughty adult, mind you books I loved her children s books like A Little Princess and A Secret Garden to name a few Anyway, I liked it because it was quite comical to me how she played up the strict ways of the English folks as compared to the Americans being all wild A bunch of hooligans, are we Anyway the book I really enjoyed how the American newcomer was mostly oblivious to how her mannerisms were shocking to her fellow English neighb I had no idea that she wrote adult and not naughty adult, mind you books I loved her children s books like A Little Princess and A Secret Garden to name a few Anyway, I liked it because it was quite comical to me how she played up the strict ways of the English folks as compared to the Americans being all wild A bunch of hooligans, are we Anyway the book I really enjoyed how the American newcomer was mostly oblivious to how her mannerisms were shocking to her fellow English neighbors How the young ladies were secretly envious of her almost cavalier attitudes in society It s a quick read with rather an abrupt ending but enjoyable nevertheless


  7. says:

    A charming novel about an American girl who grew up in western mining towns coming to visit her aunt in provincial England Many contemporary reviewers saw this as an answer to Henry James Daisy Miller, which seems rather high praise given Burnett s lack of psychological realism, but it s a very fun, quick novel, and the characters are charming.


  8. says:

    The independent, outspoken American millionaire miner s daughter Octavia Basset causes a sensation in the sleepy, Cranford like town of Slowbridge, England Frances Hodgson Burnett seems to have had a special interest in American English relations, having lived in both places.An fairly quick and moderately entertaining read The ending felt a bit rushed.


  9. says:

    A fun read about a quiet little English village and a young American girl Slowbridge gets quite the shock when Miss Octavia Bassett arrives on the scene, and the ensuing story is enjoyable and heartwarming The characters are very believable, and I was intrigued at how well developed they were for such a short book A plus for me was reading this one for free at Project Gutenburg


  10. says:

    I love its theme an American girl Octavia brings freshness to a dull, conservative English town and challenges its hierarchy Gradually, the American and the British begin to accept the cultural differences and work toward mutual understanding.


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A Fair Barbarian Distributed By The University Of Nebraska Press For The University Of Idaho PressOctavia Bassett, A Beautiful Young Heiress From Bloody Gulch, Nevada, Unexpectedly Descends Upon Her Aunt In The Sleepy Village Of Slowbridge, England As A Young Woman Raised Haphazardly By Her Father In The Wild West Of The S, She Finds Their Customs Unnecessarily Fastidious And Difficult To Understand