Rebecca and Rowena
A satire of Victorian admiration for all things medieval, this early work by Thackeray is decidedly contrary—a self-confessed middle-aged novel that begins where most novels end: with marriage. Rebecca and Rowena calls into question the ending of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, exploring the miserable marriage of Sir Wilfrid to the ‘icy, faultless, prim' Rowena. In an irreverent and theatrical plot, in which the dead come back to life, marriage is exposed as really quite dull, and imperialism is mocked mercilessly, Thackeray ridiculously reunites Ivanhoe with his first love, Rebecca, claiming they were wrongly separated in the earlier novel.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LynnB - LibraryThing
After just finishing Ivanhoe, I had to read Rebecca and Rowena because I, too, wished Ivanhoe had married Rebecca. Ivanhoe's love for Rowena seemed like a boyhood crush compared to the feelings he ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing
Rebecca and Rowena is WM Thackeray’s fanfiction of Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe – he unabashedly states that his purpose is to reunite the titular hero with the woman he should’ve ended up with, the ... Read full review