Some final thoughts on the book
Posted by Barbara on April 15, 1998 at 10:14:15:
As a final comment to the book, I very much enjoyed reading it (nearly done!), but I find it amazing that Tomalin (or anyone else for that matter) is able to produce an entire book when there is really so very little to go on.
There was a bit of a thread going earlier about fact vs. supposition or conjecture in this book. Tomalin does make it very clear by prefacing many remarks with statements like: "It is very likely that..." or "It would be fair to assume that...", or "It would not be unusual if....", so I do not at all think that she was trying to present her interpretation as being factual--just reasonable assumption. But if you take out all of those kind of statements, there isn't a whole lot left there except for birth, death and marriage dates and a few diary entries. Understand that this is NOT a criticism of Tomalin or her methods, just a commentary on the monumental task it must have been to put together an entire biography with only scraps of information.
It is so sad, for there are so many authors who left us with so much more! I have been reading some Anthony Trollope lately, and while I find his work to be "Austenish", of course it doesn't compare, for nothing could. But the man was so prolific!!! He wrote dozens of books and an autobiography too!
So, as a parting thought, I have this to say: We were robbed! :-(
- A late last thought Carolyn B 14:17:45 4/19/98 (0)
- Yes.... Janet 11:02:15 4/16/98 (0)
- final thoughts... Kate 08:24:18 4/16/98 (0)
- Agreement Myretta 11:00:24 4/15/98 (8)
- a suggestion. P. Bingham 05:04:55 4/16/98 (1)
- Noke's Bio Janet 10:47:15 4/16/98 (0)
- Missing pieces Carolyn B 22:58:04 4/15/98 (0)
- My thoughts Linda 15:35:54 4/15/98 (4)
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