Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
Catherine "Cat" Royal lives in the Theater Royal in Drury Lane, London. This was an excellent historical fiction - an Regency England novel from the point of view of one of the lower class. Cat gets tangled up in a an adventure with a diamond, an artist in disguise, some lords, a lady, and the local gangs. Told by Cat, this novel follows the form of a play with "Acts" and "Scenes," "Principal Characters," and "The Critics." Cat's glossary at the end explicates her slang to her regency readers. So a creeper is a "louse, toady" and taggle-tail is a "slatternly woman." Our teens today might need to look up some of the definitions! I thought this had a lot of appeal, was fast moving, and clever. I vote yea.