Instead of always looking ahead to upcoming new releases, I thought I’d start a weekly feature focusing on already released books that I want to read. Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, books that are either on my shelves or on my Kindle!
Shelf Control is a weekly instalment created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. I love the idea of looking at my own bookshelf and getting excited to read what I already own. Here the little introduction from Bookshelf Fantasies and I have linked the original post for you here:
Title: Cometh Up as a Flower
Author: Rhoda Broughton
Published: 1867 (my edition is from 1993)
Length: 285 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
Nell LeStrange, the heroine, is torn between duty to her family and her own passion. Nell is in love with one man, but marries another. The heroine’s frank discussion of her sexual attraction to her lover, and her dispassionate evaluation of loveless marriage as a form of self-sale was criticized by many critics of the day; however, Cometh Up was one of Rhoda Broughton’s most successful sensation novels and was widely read.
How and when I got it:
I got it during one of the editions of Amnesty International Blackheath book sale. When everything blows over and if you live not far in or around London, I would highly recommend going. Everything is half-price on top of being very cheap to start with, so on average you get a hardback for £1 and a paperback for £0.50. It’s a great way to shop books on a budget, and you get to donate to a great cause.
Why I want to read it:
I love sensation novels and the way Victorian women explored sexual attraction and desire in their writings. I am also fascinated by the way men are portrayed by women in the nineteenth century, especially the ideal man or the romantic interest. The field of masculinities really interest me, and I love to link it to romantic stories written by women. I definitely don’t have enough elements to support what I’m going to say, but I really think that what female readers love to read is often telling of the life they often wish to escape (if you consider romance as a form of escapism of course). So by looking at their fantasies and the ideal men they would look up to in their readings, I think you can get an idea of how the real men around them actually were. I will stop now, but this subject fascinates me!