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Illusions and Ignorance: Mary Bennet's Story Paperback – 1 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432705407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432705404
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,750,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Robson on 27 Sept. 2008
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This book is written with the plainest Bennet sister in mind. Since her sisters marriage she has relaxed and become more amiable. She has taken the admonition of her mother to heart that Elizabeth had married Mr Darcy because she had let Mr Collins Marry Charlotte so that if there father died there would be a home for them.

Mary goes to stay with Elizabeth and slowly she sees that Elizabeth does truly love her husband. Also while at Pemberley she finds love and herself. An excellent sequel highly recommended.
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Pleasantly Surprised 3 Jun. 2008
By S. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
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Much to my surprise, I enjoyed the further life of Miss Mary Bennet. The character was well written, although at times it seemed that the author was trying too hard to adhere to the stodginess of the original. But her growth as a person through the interactions with all the other familiar characters was very well done.

This is one of the better "character studies" of post P&P stories and is well worth reading for any Austen fan. Actually, it's worth reading even if you have not read the original basis for it, but some of the references will be hard to understand.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I never thought I would like Mary Bennet !? 31 Mar. 2008
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
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But I really did after reading this book. Her character doesn't change from P&P (she is still prim, judgmental and interested only in books and music) but you get an insight into her mind that portrays her as much more sympathetic and believable. It is comforting to know that all her motives are pure and she really does desire to change for the better. When she does get her happy ending I was thrilled for her and felt that she fully deserved it.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars (I would give it 4.5) is because it was sometimes slow reading....sometimes too much internal reflection, tedious conversation, etc. But overall I would highly recommend for fans of P & P sequels.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Austen's voice recaptured 7 Jan. 2008
By Margaret E. Cain - Published on Amazon.com
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A neat evocation of time and place. The language is just right, descriptions put one in the Derbyshire countryside of the late 18th Century, creating a deeper understanding of the mores and values that Jane Austen took for granted we would always understand. Ms Ward creates a sympathy for Mary Bennett that is completely lacking in all the readings and dramatizations of 'Pride and Prejudice'. This would be an excellent selection for book clubs.
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Good book, but beware title confusion! 29 Jun. 2010
By LisaMC - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this story. Mary Bennet seems to always get short shrift in Austen sequels; either she is killed off or is left an old maid, either bitter or sweet, and often she is just dropped from the story, as if she never existed. The fate of the middle child, I suppose. Ward does a good job of bringing the religiously inclined Mary to life without making her a caricature or a dull martyr.

My only complaint is that this book, Illusions and Ignorance, was reprinted in 2009 by Sourcebooks under a different title, and there is no indication anywhere that this is that same book, published in 2007. So, if you have the 2009 book, Mary Bennet's Story, don't get this, or, like me, you will have two copies of the very same book.
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Almost there. 12 Sept. 2009
By I. Klaren - Published on Amazon.com
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Mary Bennet is one of those literary characters who have sparked an interest in me and I always wondered what might have become of her so I was thrilled when I came across this book. The story for the most part is engaging and the characters, also for the most part, true to form although there were a few hiccups in the composition that were irritating. Kitty, who was never referred to as Catherine in "Pride and Prejudice" was alternately Catherine and Kitty throughout the book. Calling her Catherine was confusing. Mr. Bennet should only have been called Bennet by his wife and not the author. Darcy had a few uncharacteristic moments when he mocked his Aunt. Vacation should have been holiday. And finally, Mary, had she been a real person and lived back in the day, would never have been allowed to live on her own, even if it was in a cottage on her brother-in-law's property. It would have raised too many eyebrows in an era when people were obsessed about their reputations.

Enough for the nitpicking. It actually is an enjoyable read but probably should have been edited better.
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