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Old Friends and New Fancies [Paperback]

Sybil G Brinton
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31 Aug 2007
Old Friends and New Fancies - By Sybil G. Brinton. Old Friends and New Fancies - An Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen by Sybil G. Brinton. In this little attempt at picturing the after-adventures of some of Jane Austen's characters I have made use of the references to them which she herself made, and which are recorded in Mr. Austen-Leigh's "Memoir." More grateful acknowledgments than I can ever express are due to my friend Edith Barran, without whom this book could not have been written. The difficulties, as well as the presumption, of such an undertaking, are alike evident; but the fascination of the subject must be our apology to those who, like ourselves, "owe to Jane Austen of the happiest hours of their lives."
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc; First Thus edition (31 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140220888X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208881
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 20 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An imaginery sequel to the novels of Jane Austen, bringing much-loved characters to life - namely the now married Mr and Mrs Darcy and their families and friends. --My Weekly Magazine

Cleverly written in the style of Jane Austen, this is a must for fans, providing a wonderful read as we weave our way through broken hearts and matchmaker plots to mend them. The unhurried pace of life and clever insight into well-loved characters adds much to the pleasure of this book. --June M Arnold, Chessington

Mr and Mrs Darcy now live in Derbyshire with their two children and Darcy's sister, Georgiana. When Georgiana's engagement to Colonel Fitzwilliam is broken off, matchmaking abounds and scandal and heartbreak follows. Through all of this, Mrs Darcy tries to smooth the way. Jane Austen fans will love this good, old-fashioned example of bygone era. --Ivy Brown, Bridlington

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A riotous, but pleasurable story
The London Times said of Old Friends (in 1913),"Miss Brinton takes the original form of continuing the fortunes of the characters [of Jane Austen] and devising marriages between them--a work of great love and ingenuity which... will please that select public which is never tired of dicussing [Austen's characters]" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5*) Entertaining Austen-esque romp 16 Aug 2008
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Written in 1913 this is being billed by the publishers as the first sequel to Jane Austen, but rather than simply continuing one of her books as so many other sequels have done, this throws in a whole collection of characters from all her books, putting them together in Bath, London and at various country houses.

At the centre is Elizabeth Bennett (P&P), Georgiana Darcy, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Kitty Bennett, Mary Crawford (MP) and William Price (brother of Fanny Price), but a whole host of other characters walk on and off scene: Emma Knightley, Anne and Captain Wentworth, Tom Bertram and Mr Yates. Edmund and Fanny Bertram are in the rectory belonging to Pemberley, and James Morland (Catherine's brother from NA) has the living at the Bingley's estate. And, in true Austen fashion, the concern is with love affairs, successful and not, and marriages, suitable or not.

I haven't read the vast number of Austen sequels but know they have had very mixed reviews. Being written in 1913 this has a post-Victorian emotional restraint that is more in keeping with Austen herself than some of the modern `versions' complete with sex scenes. But though there is a kind of stately feel to the prose, all of Austen's wit, barb and irony is missing.

Here characters are all nice: Mary Crawford has been rehabilitated and is now a close friend of Elizabeth's; Georgiana Darcy's best friends are both Mary Crawford and Kitty Bennett (!); the Miss Steele's (S&S) manage to create a bit of off-scene chaos but all the vulgarity of their speech is missing, and even the notorious rakes Henry Crawford and, to a lesser extent, Tom Bertram, have been neutralised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It isn't Jane ... 22 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Like the previous reviewer, I'd probably give this 3.5*
You will be completely lost reading this if you haven't read all of Jane Austen's novels and you certainly need to be fully acquainted with Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice.
It's an engaging idea, the first-ever Jane Austen sequel, written by a completely obscure author in 1913. Brinton brings together characters from all the different novels at Bath and London, where they move in the same social circles, and also in Derbyshire where the Bingleys have settled near the Darcys at Pemberley.
So here we go ... It's three and a half years on from Pride and Prejudice and we have two new love tangles: this time it's quiet Georgiana Darcy and giddy Kitty Bennet breaking their hearts over handsome sailor William Price, who of course, is Fanny's brother. Are you keeping up? If you can't keep up with this, you won't keep up Old Friends and New Fancies because there is very little explanation, it's assumed that these are old friends and acquaintances. (Actually, it's rather refreshing to read something that assumes a level of familiarity with Austen's novels rather than the TV series!)
Meanwhile, there is a misunderstanding between Darcy's cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and a chastened and wiser Mary Crawford who is still haunted by the scandal at Mansfield Park.
Emma Knightley is still matchmaking - Mrs Jennings is as vulgar and well-meaning as ever - Lady Catherine as high-handed - and it was lovely to see a cameo apperance by Mr Bennet as another young gentleman presents himself with a marriage proposal for one of his daughters.
Alas, no sign of Mrs Bennet (though Austen herself warned us that she wasn't welcomed at Pemberley).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 26 Mar 2014
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Loved this, and as a Jane Austen fan, thought it was written in her style. The author mixed everyone together so well.
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