A Daughter of Today


Read by Bruce Pirie

(4.7 stars; 3 reviews)

The Canadian author Sara Jeannette Duncan (aka Mrs. Everard Cotes) is today best known for her 1904 novel of Ontario life, “The Imperialist” (also available as a LibriVox recording), but in Duncan’s own time readers were impressed more by her other works, including “A Daughter of Today,” published in 1894. “A Daughter of Today” follows the story of Elfrida Bell, a young woman who escapes the American Midwest to pursue first an artistic education in Paris, and then a novice career in journalism in London. As the novel’s title indicates, Elfrida is a product “of today,” i.e., of her day — the 1890s. She is swept up in the heady notions of that period: Aestheticism (“art for art’s sake”), fin-de-siècle Decadence, and ideas about the “New Woman” who breaks free of bourgeois conventions. With the self-absorption of youth, Elfrida sets about constructing herself along these lines. She pursues this project with bracing energy, mixed with pretension and affectation: “In nothing that she said or did, admired or condemned, was there any trace of the commonplace, except, perhaps, the desire to avoid it.” Early reviewers debated whether the character of Elfrida was “fresh and original,” or simply “ill-bred.” This novel explores clashes between convention and originality, cultural differences (American /French /British), and rivalry between friends. - Summary by Bruce Pirie (10 hr 17 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 18:30 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 2 24:00 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 3 24:54 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 4 21:06 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 5 12:00 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 6 19:36 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 7 16:41 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 8 16:07 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 9 14:28 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 10 20:25 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 11 29:05 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 12 20:28 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 13 21:05 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 14 21:20 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 15 12:10 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 16 20:04 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 17 18:05 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 18 6:14 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 19 17:17 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 20 10:08 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 21 14:18 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 22 17:44 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 23 15:43 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 24 27:44 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 25 18:20 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 26 17:40 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 27 17:54 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 28 14:36 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 29 5:01 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 30 25:22 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 31 20:47 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 32 8:42 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 33 14:27 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 34 20:09 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 35 15:33 Read by Bruce Pirie

Reviews

kam


(4 stars)

when a book is read by this reader, it makes for a superb tension to enjoy this authors clever and interesting approach to their writing style. worth a listen though somewhat philosophical.