Saturday, April 30, 2011
ZULEIKA DOBSON - Max Beerbohm
A satire of Oxford life set in in the late 1900's.
It is the story of a conjurer , Zuleika Dobson, who goes to stay with her uncle at Oxford.
She has numerous undergraduates fall in love with her who she all spurns , this leads to at least one suicide and chaos throughout the novel.
It is very funny in places and I stuck with it but I do believe it was only very relevant to those who attended Oxford in and around the same time period. For those of us that have never even been to a university let alone Oxford much of what is written sailed completely over my head.
This is listed as one of the great novels, but I have a feeling a lot of the votes will have come from Oxford graduates.