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Written by Meg in Calif.
(5/3/2005 3:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sorry to say, but so far, I'm DISAPPOINTED!, penned by PeggyC
It seems to me that Goldsmith is not so much writing an actual novel with rounded, consistent characters, as he is using these rather cardboard characters as props for a series of jokes, skits, parodies, and moral lessons. The riding-to-church chapter, for example. What's that about?
So for people like me, who don't enjoy that kind of thing, the whole point of the book is lost. If I go looking for the kind of character development of, say, Emma, I'm just not going to find it.
On the other hand (I can't resist a good argument, even with myself!) I do appreciate present-day satire of contemporary things that I think are foolish. There's a kind of "Yay, someone had the guts to say it!" reaction. So maybe one had to be living in Goldsmith's time, and have felt actual aggravation at the theology and philosophy and social customs of the time, to appreciate the satire.
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