Zuleika Dobson Author:Max Beerbohm From the moment she set foot in Oxford, to stay with her grandfather (Warden of Judas), the lovely Zuleika played havoc with the undergraduates--and with none more than the Duke of Dorset, a character whom Ouida would have been pleased to invent. Max Beerbohm called this delicious novel of his "An Oxford Love Story", and for fifty years it has d... more »elighted successive generations by its wit and elegance.« less
Frankly, this is a very silly book, but not a very funny one. I've been reading references to it in novels for years, and was hoping for something a little more amusing. It's a period piece, and except for some of the jokes about undergraduates (which are not very different from those profs and grad students make today), doesn't mean much to even a very old-fashioned Anglophile with a very wide tolerance for all kinds of humor, such as I am. The main emotions I experienced while reading this were a desire to kick someone: either Zuleika, the Duke, or Beerbohm himself, depending on what part I was reading.