More Quietly No Doubt Than Many
Burt Melnick has published More Quietly No Doubt Than Many, a novel which resonates well with many of his former English class students who recognize a writing style that is reminiscent of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Set in Geneva and Boston, the novel's young heroine is portrayed as an Ecolint graduate whose life becomes entwined with a set of characters and locations that reflect the international crossroads of Geneva.
While there are many parallels to Jane Austen in style and in the plot, More Quietly No Doubt Than Many reflects a more contemporary lifestyle, being set in the recent past, and contrasts to parochial country settings more common to 19th century England. The subtle parody of social imperatives and popular literary preferences ring true in both authors.
In a rave review by another former Ecolint teacher, Peter Orange describes his colleague's novel as "a charming, heady, giddy voyage through the 'social gatherer' mind, where gossip and social relativism trump reality." Reviews of the novel by Burt Melnick's former students also resonate well with the characters who populate the novel, along with many other points of reference. They all express their enjoyment with revelations in the plot that keep the reader engaged throughout.
More Quietly No Doubt Than Many is an entertaining and engaging read that appeals to a wider public. In the manner of Austen, Melnick's novel brings to fore many of life's imperfections within the realm of irony and social realism, while subtly taking aim at garish perfectionism and exaggerated ideals that prevail in modern literature. The language employed by his characters closely reflects their relationships with one another. Whether focussed or fragmented, their expressions adapt well to the situation at hand.
In a collegial spirit, Peter Orange eloquently reviews More Quietly No Doubt Than Many: