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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Revive Publishing; 1st, First Edition, First Printing edition (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965429903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965429900
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 14.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,275,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We appreciate the overwhelming number of favorable comments
We appreciate the overwhelming number of favorable comments received for Desire and Duty. It has been awarded first prize in the 1998 Small Press Book Awards and the Silver Award for fiction with the Colorado Publishers. Knowledgeable critics (from Britain) have few criticisms. We find the few criticisms made to often be in error when discussed.Often the criticism involves something Jane Austen also did. A major Jane Austen critic from the UK has consented to review the screenplay of Desire and Duty.The authors are happy to discuss any perceived "error" by e-mail.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is so disappointing. Georgiana is portrayed in such a way as to leave the reader without any appreciation of her personality, she is so disinteresting. The story is written partly from the perspective of a narrator and partly from Georgiana's perspective, whichever is the case, this is a book that does not warrant investment. If this girl fell in love with Wickham and had planned to elope with him in the original work, then surely Georgiana is slightly more spirited than she is portrayed here. Darcy and Lizzy have become washed out figures, reflecting none of the passion that Jane Austen had created. If you long to continue the passion that Jane Austen created, "the Bar Sinister" is an excellent follow on, while not faithful to the polite restraint of the original (it is quite daring,the phrase and expression are humourous and Austenesque. Buy "The Bar Sinister" for a convincing continuation of the intricately depicted characters of Pride and Prejudice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I agree with other reviewers that this book does not meet the quality of the original. Elizabeth isn't as witty or clever as she is in Austen's novel. I was also upset that this novel seemed to be a romance novel with Georgiana as the main character. I'm sure that would cause Jane to turn over in her grave. I was excited to find the book, but I must admit being very disappointed. I did enjoy "Letters from Pemberley," and would recommend that over this one. It has more of the writing style and wit of Elizabeth. It's a much better read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun. 1999
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I finally gave in to curiosity & the ease of ordering via the Internet & decided to give one of the P&P sequels a try. I should have known better & relied on my imagination to go to work on what might have happened to Elizabeth, Darcy & the other characters. This book is heavy-handed, lacks any of the humour or wit of P&P, and at times is downright irritating. Some of the dialogue actually made me wince, and I did not recognise any aspect of Jane Austen's original characterisations in this book. I have read Austen's original more times than I care to remember without ever tiring of it - this book is a lazy, unintelligent and patronizing attempt at imitating her work. However, I am grateful for one thing - I now know better than to waste my time & money on any other 'sequel' to Austen's originals by ANY author. p.s. the one star awarded is for the authors spelling their names correctly (miaow...).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like another reviewer, I also returned the book to the store. The dialogue was inane and plodding...the sermonizing agonizing. I've been more entertained reading the phonebook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By poppy girl on 3 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
this book does not deserve to be called a sequel to Jane Austen. first of all what happened to the character? Geogiana seems to have become more and more pineful "for her true love" and just really doesn't seem very interesing-- which is very peculiar seeing as how she had experience with Wickham, and ought to be more intelligent.

And Darcy and Elizabeth? their development is even worse. Darcy seems to resemble a soft grandfather with advice and cookies waiting, and Elizabeth-- we all know she's a very intelligent and caring person-- but the sense of softness in this book just disgusts me. Even if they both were married in the end and found true love, their personality could not have changed 360 degrees.

Basically the only relation between this story and Pride and Prejudice are the characters names. If you want a sequel to the famous novel, do not read this book because it is a waste of time and will undoubtedly make you weep at the differences between the books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book had a good plot, but the Baders did some things in the book that Jane Austen wouldn't have done. For example, they killed off three main characters: Lady Catherine de Bourgh, her daughter Anne de Bourgh, and worst of all, Mrs. Bennet, Elizabeth's mother! Other than that though, it was a good sequel, taking into consideration that it's impossible to copy Jane Austen's style of writing.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2002
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I cannot find the words to berate this awful travesty of a book, if it can be called one. I have read most of the 'Pride and Prejudice' sequels and they range from soft, gentle reads such as 'Letters from Pemberley' and 'Mr Darcy' both of which manage to stay true to Jane Austen's characters and offer intelligent interpretations of the possible continuation of the story. 'The Bar Sinister' is another offering which is much more earthy and realistic with a gritty epic and sensual almost sensational take, but it still manages to evolve both the story and the characters equally.

All these qualities have been overlooked in this terrible book. It veers from being entirely laughable to totally unreadable in the childlike style of writing...

Suffice it to say I will not be buying the next installment 'Virtue and Vanity' (even the titles are affected and predictable). I cannot say enough that is bad about this book and it gets a big fat zero as far as I'm concerned.

...I honestly don't think these authors could possibly have read any Jane Austen. I'm sure they have based their books purely on the 1995 BBC series (surely an insult to that fine series!)

I reiterate, don't waste your time.!
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