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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George du Maurier Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455174065
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Trilby opens in the Latin Quarter of nineteenth-century Paris, where Trilby O’Ferrall is working as an artist’s model. Her grace and ingenuous charm make a poignant contrast to the cruel magnetism of Svengali, under whose spell she falls. Using hypnotic powers, Svengali shapes her into a virtuoso singer—Europe’s most captivating soprano—but her golden voice, and even her life, become fatally tied to him.

A precursor to The Phantom of the OperaTrilby was all the rage when it appeared in 1894, spawning songs, shoes, and most famously, the Trilby hat. This novel holds the mirror up to the art and science of the fin de siècle and its darkest obsessions—to anti-Semitism, crime, sexuality and the occult, music and mesmerism, and to new investigations of hysteria and the unconscious.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 3/27/2011

    " A highly romantic view of an artist's life in Paris during the fabled fin de siecle. It was a big hit at the time, and formed our popular view of "the artist's life;" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruno | 1/1/2011

    " One of those books whose reputation is far greater than the book itself. For the book that spawned Svengali, the character of Svengali himself is pretty boring and the whole book a bit dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 7/6/2010

    " Supposedly the first best-seller from the 1890's/ Fin de Siècle; we're reading it in one of my Masters classes this Summer. I'm liking its quirky factor and pictures (it's been too long since I read a book with pictures)! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renate | 6/15/2010

    " abandoned due to allergies (both to book dust and offensive ethnic stereotyping) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/16/2010

    " Delightful romp through Paris with a creepy Jew and a homo-erotic trio of painters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/21/2009

    " After studying abroad in Paris and traveling throughout Europe as a student, this book just hits so many spots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 8/23/2009

    " An interesting read, but George follows the period by including way too much detail and a lot of pigeon French that might have impressed others at that point. What was far more interesting was the treatment of the 'Jew' of the sotry, Svengali, and how he fits every stereotype of that period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sarah | 8/20/2009

    " good if you like artist's models, creepy old dudes, and delightful catchphrases like "milk below!" and "tit-for-tat." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mardell | 6/23/2009

    " A sometimes difficult read as there were a lot of French phrases with no translation, very descriptive, a lot of stereotypes, sort of typical novel for that time period with some people finding happiness, some sadness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 4/25/2008

    " Svengali is a classic villian. Good for seeing into a mastermind of manipulation. Gothic story to the core but features a lot of Victorian conversation and frills. "

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