The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth really was quite fun and interesting, especially compared to the last few books. And I didn’t think it would be – when I saw it was published in 1812 and was about Irish absentee landlords, I thought I was in for something really dry, old fashioned, and that I wouldn’t really relate to what was going on.
Surprise! I really liked this book. The author was able to get her points across while weaving the ideas into a really interesting story (that does indeed have romance and incognito adventures, always fun to read about). So not only did I learn something I had no idea about – I had no idea that absentee landownership even was a big problem in Ireland at the time – I also got to read a great story. I’m looking forward to reading Castle Rackrent, Edgeworth’s much more well-known book, when we reach the C’s.
Now…I go back to Nabokov’s Ada. I’m about 200 pages in.