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Mansfield Revisited: A Jane Austen Entertainment (Jane Austen Entertainments) [Paperback]

Joan Aiken
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28 Jun 1996 Jane Austen Entertainments
What happened after Fanny Price's marriage to Edmund Bertram? Here, by the author of "Eliza's Daughter", is a witty sequel to Jane Austen's classic novel.

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  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (28 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575400242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575400245
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Aiken is one of the best loved authors of the twentieth century, and has written over one hundred books for young readers and adults.

The 50th Anniversary of "THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE" was celebrated with a new Classic Hardback Edition and a Vintage Classics paperback, and a brand new AUDIO READ BY Joan's daughter Lizza Aiken. Hailed as "One Genuine Small Masterpiece" by Time magazine when it first came out, the book is still appearing in new translations all over the world.

Joan Aiken's classic Historical thriller set in her own Dickensian world of Mansions and Mudlarks...HIGHLY ACCLAIMED AND CELEBRATING 40 YEARS IN PRINT!

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars jane austen turn in your grave 22 Oct 2000
By Raina
Well, where should I begin? This book is really bad! There I've said it!! Miss Aiken does not find it necessary to let Fanny appear at all and to give Edmund more than four or five lines before he disappears for the rest of the book!! They are the main characters of Mansfield Park, for crying out loud, they are the ones we're interested in, at least they are parts of what we are interested in. Also, this book should carry the subtitle "A vindication of the Crawfords", because Mary and Henry are basically depicted as reformed, misunderstood and victims of other people's mean spite and Fanny's jealousy and lack of interest in Henry. My heart bleeds for them..... In short, the author ignores every single one of Austen's obvious intents with the characters. The Crawfords are bad, unfeeling people, and Fanny and Edmund are the nice, centrally interesting people.
The hero and Heroine of this book, Susan Price and Tom Bertram, are a stale rehash of Fanny and Edmund,(without having half their depth, interest or likeability) involved in the same aborted relationships with Mary and Henry..
Also, the author has removed every single possible source of intersting conflicting emotions with removing Fanny and Edmund out of the range of the Crawfords. IT would have been worth my while to read the book if Fanny and Edmund would have been allowed to rise to the challenge to deal with the dying Mary Crawford. As it is, the book has not one character that kept me interested, and the only reason I finished the book was to find out if Joan Aiken would be as obvious as I thought she would be.
To summarise: the book was insipid, rather boring, totally predictable and the matches she made( Tom and Susan- oh please) were farfetched as coming with no prior sign of liking on both sides. The author failed to make me care about even one of the characters... Read Mansfield Park, it is so far superiour to this book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice Counterpoint to Austen's "Mansfield Park" 28 Aug 2008
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I'd forgotten about Joan Aiken's great Austen-sequels, and very much enjoyed reading this novel, recently.

I loved the way that Aiken took the orginal story (seen from the viewpoint of the Bertram family) and helped us view it from another angle, opening out the characters of Mary and Henry Crawford, who though no "angels" still, were allowed to develop into more rounded characters.

Tom Bertram (now the head of the family) also does some maturing, through his reconnection with a dying Mary Crawford, who, though greatly changed still shows a spark of her old devilish spirit in some comments of hers shortly before she expires. Susan's fresh and unjudgemental viewpoint on the previous history of the "dreadful" Crawford pair, helps us to see the situation in an adjusted light. Reassuringly some of characters stay just as they were - notably Lady Bertram, and her daughter Julia, still lazy and waspish respectively!

Susan and Tom marry, in the end, after being at loggerheads for most their history, after gradually coming to see and respect the value of each other. Maria, the disgraced elder Bertram daughter does some growing of her own, too - away from the influence of her family; and altogether the story closes satisfactorily, as any good "Austen write-alike" should!

It's such a shame the Joan Aiken (God bless her) has passed on now, but I hope reprints will keep her quality and well-researched work alive for our enjoyment for many years yet.

This novel, along with the rest of her sequels, will join my "Austen" collection, permanently. I can say no more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mansfield Park continued 8 Sep 2011
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There are thousands of books which have been written as sequels to Jane Austen's novels. Some are good, some are bad and some are just dreadful. This is one of the good ones in my opinion. It starts a few years after the conclusion of `Mansfield Park'. Sir Thomas Bertram is dead.

Edmund and Fanny are happily married with small children and Susan Price - Fanny's sister - is the indolent Lady Bertram's right hand woman. Edmund and Fanny go off to the West Indies to deal with the Bertram family's business interests there. Mary Crawford - a much mellowed Mary Crawford - returns to the area. She is seriously ill and has very little time left to live.

What follows is a gentle story which shows Susan to have all of Fanny's strong principles but more fire. She disagrees with Julia Yeates - formerly Bertram - on many occasions when Julia attempts to take over at Mansfield Park and to squash what she sees as Susan's pretensions.

I feel the book is faithful to the spirit of the original and that Jane Austen would have recognised her own characters in this work by Joan Aiken. I loved the catastrophic excursion to look for Roman ruins which reminded me of the excursion to Box Hill in Jane Austen's `Emma'. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to know what happened to Susan Price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 20 Feb 2001
By A. Allen - Published on
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This book is a sequel to Mansfield Park that centers around a blossoming love story between Susan Price and Tom Bertram. Before their love can conquer all, Susan must contend with the prejudices of Mrs. Norris and the return of Mary Crawford. For those who wish to be reacquainted with Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram, you will only be disappointed; Fanny and Edmund have gone to the Bertram's Caribbean estate for the duration of the book. A better book is Aiken's "The Youngest Miss Ward", a prequel to Mansfield Park.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A PLEASANT DIVERSION 23 Sep 2002
By Joyes Burris - Published on
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I have just discovered the Joan Aiken offerings to the Jane Austen collection. Mansfield Revisited is a quick read, with more description of the odious characters and even some redemption of unsatisfactory characters in the Jane Austen original. However, I wonder why the reader is not made privy to the contents of Fanny's letter to Mary Crawford. And though the lady in velvet at Mary's grave site is not a mystery, there is so little information as to her purpose. Her meeting with Henry later seemed to me to cause more stir than the circumstance warranted. It is gratifying that the unpleasant characters do not get on quite so unscathed as they often do in Austen stories. Julia and Miss Yates are hardly to be tolerated and eventually they pay the price for their incivility. Capt. Sarton is introduced and exits so quickly, he seems no more than a throw away character. William Price falling so quickly for the insipid charms of Miss Harley is inexplicable; still she will have 30,000 -- a not inconsiderable sum that brings its own charms. Naturally, Susan Price and Mrs. Osborne must be worthy of our admiration and I enjoyed being with them.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, I Think Not 1 July 2002
By CodeMaster Talon - Published on
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Rest assured I am not an Austen purist disgusted by the whole concept of someone picking up the beloved Austen torch. Far from it; I only require good or at the least entertaining writing and I'm happy. "Mansfield Revisted" does not fullfill these requirements, mostly due to one of the worst endings I have come across in quite a while.
Things start out rather well, actually, as the novel follows the romantic adventures of Fanny's younger sister Susan as she resides at Mansfield while Fanny and her husband are away in Antigua. Many of the old characters return, and I have to give Aiken credit for creditably fleshing out the character of the wicked Mary Crawford. Since the end of Austen's novel, Mary has suffered a great deal, and Aiken does a good job of making her a tad more complex. What she does with Henry Crawford is interesting also; although here Aiken sows the seeds of her novel's undoing. (SPOILER) She sets up Henry to be the romantic hero of her novel, a mildly shocking idea for fans of the original. The next third of the book is devoted to the evolving relationship between him and Susan, and we come to expect the inevitable. And then, in a highly annoying manner, Aiken wimps out and sticks her with another character who has spent the length of the novel being loutish and vulgar, and who at end is redeemed in a completely unbelievable way. I felt extremely sorry for poor Susan, and I don't think that was Aiken's intent. (END SPOILER)
So, while it starts out promising, "Mansfield Revisted" ends badly, leaving a sour taste in the reader's mouth. I do not recommend it, especially not for Austen fans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mansfield Park Rewritten - The Apotheosis of the Crawfords 20 July 2005
By Elizabeth A. Root - Published on
Many of Jane Austen readers, while professing great admiration for her works, are unwilling to accept her judgements about such characters as Mary and Henry Crawford. They don't want to believe that someone can be charming, talented and intelligent without being morally good; that these are qualities, not virtues, and like beauty, are as they do. I assume that Jane Aiken falls into this category, since the main point of this story seems to be to reimagine the Crawfords as generous and benevolent. I was wondering why she had introduced such an implausible plotline as the seriously ill Mary Crawford deciding that she wants to be near Mansfield and Fanny Price Bertram, rather then near her sister, Mrs. Grant (who has presumably died in the interim) or her brother Henry. I have too much sympathy with Fanny to like the reversal of Jane Austen's judgement, but I suppose that many people will enjoy the change, except for those who find the new Crawfords too saccharine. Aiken tends to lay it on with a trowel.

Given this, the story is competent and reasonably diverting for the most part. Outside of the Crawfords, Aiken does a good job of maintaining the personalities of the characters that she has appropriated from the original. (Fanny & Edmund only briefly appear.) Aiken introduces two charming, if slightly too good to be true characters in the person of the substitute pastor and his sister. Lady Bertram does manage to make a few apropos statements, which may strike some readers as implausibly forceful, but for the most part, she and Pug stay on the sopha.

I find the romances a bit improbable. It is hard to believe that William Price is so cheerfully accepted by the family of a great heiress, or that he and his fiancee are truly well suited. The story of Susan's engagement is banal. It is a poorly developed version of the plot of at least half the preadolescent romances I read as a child. In several of Aiken's JA sequels I get the feeling that she really isn't interested in writing a romance and the result is this slapdash development.

I wouldn't urge Jane Austen fans to rush out and read it, but if one is looking for something to read, one could do a lot worse.
4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar Cast 26 Aug 2012
By S. Schaffer - Published on
It was a very good story. I loved that Fanny and Edmund left for the majority of the book so it focused on the other characters. I was unsure of who would end up with who until the end..nice. I sufficiently didn't like Julia Bertram Yates. Boy I'd hate to have her for a relative. But that is the point. The Crawfords reappear and I actually enjoyed their visit. I'll read it again.
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