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29 March 2015 @ 12:43 pm
The Invisible Woman  
Has anyone seen the film The Invisible Woman, about Dickens' affair with Nelly Ternan? I finally watched it this weekend, and I can't figure out what I thought about it. It was sort of elliptical and impressionistic, which started to make me feel a bit prurient in my desire to have more things spelled out and pinned down, particularly between Dickens and Nelly, but also between Nelly and her schoolmaster husband (the story of her affair with Dickens is told in flashbacks). The ending felt slightly unearned to me; because I knew so little of how Nelly felt about her life in the present, I didn't know how to respond to the realization or decision she makes at the end...

I haven't read the Claire Tomalin biography. I'm not quite sure why I'm including this disclaimer, but I haven't.