The ending of The Journal of Dora Damage was slightly disjointed; feeling like it was dissected . It is a shame that Belinda Starling passed from this world shortly after finishing this book because it would have been interesting to see what else she could have produced.
The ending of The Journal of Dora Damage was slightly disjointed; feeling like it was dissected from the whole and was part of another book entirely. The writing style appears to change and be altered, while the plot loses some of its magic. At times, it becomes an annoying, standard Victorian romance while at others: just absurd. Sep 27, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it liked it.
The visit from Diprose or Pizzy never came. I wondered if they had been informed but did not care, or whether for a moment we had slipped the scrutiny of the Eeles spies
The visit from Diprose or Pizzy never came. I wondered if they had been informed but did not care, or whether for a moment we had slipped the scrutiny of the Eeles spies. er way. Sylvia (for that is what I was now to call her) spent her first week at Ivy-street living entirely in the past or the future
Dora Damage's married life was never easy, with her epileptic daughter, housekeeping on a budget . The unusual little twists kept the book from losing interest. I would recommend The Journal of Dora Damage to any fiction reader who enjoys a wide range of books and subjects.
Dora Damage's married life was never easy, with her epileptic daughter, housekeeping on a budget and helping out in her husbands Peter's book bindery, but in 1859 it's about to get a lot harder-and a lot more interesting. With Peter unable to work because of rheumatoid arthritis, a massive loan in the hands of one of London's most ruthless moneylenders and no money at home Dora takes the reigns of the business in her own hands and binds a commissioned bible herself.
All the elements are there to make Belinda Starling's posthumously published debut an entertaining addition to the trend for Victorian-era literature. But for me her London never came to life, her feminist message was delivered as subtly as a whip at an orgy and the narrative confused without gripping.
Rude awakening for wife of Victorian bookbinder crippled by arthritis, who turns to binding the specialist pornography of reactionary scientists to keep family and home together. Plenty of authentic London grime and squalor for anyone into period detail, not to mention the esoteric tastes of the aristocracy, but be prepared to be uplifted by a thoroughly modern heroine. Find similar books Profile.
By the time Dora Damage discovers that her husband Peter has arthritis in his hands, it is too late – their book-binding business is in huge debt and the family is on the brink of entering the poorhouse. But Dora proves that she is more than just a housewife and mother. She resolves to rescue her family at any price and finds herself irrevocably entangled in a web of sex, money, deceit and the law. Fiction. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.
With his arthritic fingers failing him, he can no longer do the delicate, painstaking work of bookmaking
With his arthritic fingers failing him, he can no longer do the delicate, painstaking work of bookmaking. By the time his wife Dora discovers that there is something wrong with her husband, the Damages are already in danger of entering the poorhouse. Summoning her courage, Dora resolves to rescue herself and her epileptic daughter at any price. She soon learns that her husband isn't the only one with a talent for bookbinding.
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Sadly, Belinda Starling passed away in August of 2006 after complications following surgery. She was 34 years old, and The Journal of Dora Damage was her first novel. It is tragic, for Starling was a talented writer with many stories to give. However, those of us daring enough to enter Dora Damage's world are lucky to have such a striking book to hold onto and enjoy. Atmospheric, absorbing Victorian melodrama. Published by Thriftbooks