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ReaderMarija's Reviews

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Rosemary Edmonds, Leo Tolstoy
Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie (Vintage Original)
Nancy Mitford
Tales of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal: Selected Early Writings
Christine Alexander, Patrick Branwell Brontë, Anne Brontë, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë
The Frozen Deep (Hesperus Classics) - Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins This is the story that inspired Dickens to write A Tale of Two Cities. Originally a play performed by Collins, Dickens and Ellen Ternan, it's debatable how much of the story is truly Collins', since the play was heavily edited by Dickens, himself. But considering the subject matter and writing style of Dickens' own previous works, one may wonder how much of Collins' inspiration fueled Dickens' subsequent darker novel.

The Frozen Deep has an interesting setting (based on the actual 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage), but as an early play/novella by Collins it does have its limitations, e.g. a lack of character development. But I found it on the whole an enjoyable read. If you like A Tale of Two Cities, give this book a try.