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Ordeal of Richard Feverel

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In "Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith, readers are taken on a journey through the tumultuous life of young Richard Feverel as he navigates the challenges of love, family, and societal expectations. Set in the English countryside, the novel explores themes of love and betrayal, honor and duty, and the complexities of human relationships.

Meredith's writing is rich and vivid, painting a vivid picture of the lush landscapes and intricate emotions of the characters. The narrative is engaging and thought-provoking, prompting readers to reflect on their own beliefs and values.

One of the most compelling aspects of the novel is its exploration of the dynamics between parents and children, and the ways in which family interactions can shape a person's identity and future. Richard's relationship with his father is particularly poignant, highlighting the struggles of a young man trying to assert his independence while still honoring his family's legacy.

Overall, "Ordeal of Richard Feverel" is a captivating and emotionally resonant read that will stay with readers long after they have turned the final page. Meredith's skillful storytelling and nuanced character development make this a timeless classic that continues to resonate with modern audiences.

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After his wife's desertion, Sir Austin wants to bring up his son according to a strict educational system governing every aspect of his life. However Richard has to make his own mistakes, fall in love, and generally live his own life. This book tells about the clashes between Richard's wish to govern his own life to his father's constant interference. This book was very influential. The leading libraries of the day considered it too frank and sexually explicit and refused to buy it. Later authors including E. M. Forster, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf admired and respected it. - Summary by Stav Nisser and Wikipedia

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