It was a pleasure to discover that Ouida’s final novel was also one of her most political. I’ll begin this review by stating that I found Helianthus (1908) to be a most intriguing novel. Practically every page pulled me deeper and deeper into a state of perpetual captivation. Then again, pretty much every Ouida novel I’ve read has produced a similar effect.
1. Impossible Realism
Even if Ouida’s world is a fantastic one, dipping into that world is always entertaining. Of course, Ouida firmly believed her “fanciful” stories to be descriptions based in the real world. True fans, nevertheless, adore that her narratives are full of dramatic events, wild plot twists, and intense character relationships. As a devout Ouida fan, her works of fiction provide the perfect blend of art and entertainment.