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Presumption: An Entertainment [Paperback]

Julia Barrett
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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31 Dec 1995
This witty sequel to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" follows the fate of Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy's younger sister, who must choose between two suitors, a well-placed navy captain and a brash young architect. Masterfully adapted to Austen's original nineteenth-century style, "Presumption" brings back to life the book's most memorable characters, the Bennets, Darcys, Collins, and de Bourghs. "An elegant emulation and continuation of "Pride and Prejudice." . . . Jointly composed by two admirers of Jane Austen, the book often achieves crisp replication of her style. . . . "Presumption" shows how sequel-writing can, like parody, be a sharp exercise in literary appreciation."--Peter Kemp, "Times Literary Supplement" Julia Barrett is a pseudonym for Julia Braun Kessler and Gabrielle Donnelly.

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226038130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226038131
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,537,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Presumption............. better then the rest 14 Nov 2004
By A Customer
I have to say contrary to what a few people have put on here i found this sequal to be very good in comparrison to some...
Won't mension any names.....
I would certainly reccomend this one over other although..... to be honest if i was going to critisize something Darcy was a little harsh in this book....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Presumption by Julia Barrett 31 July 2004
By Hrea
Format:Unknown Binding
I enjoyed for years Pride & Prejudice and therefore looked forward to a book at least pretending to be by Jane Austen and following on with the lives of the main characters. Though all the principals were interesting enough, I found the style hard going. It seemed to me that Ms Barrett was trying so hard to write like Jane Austen that she overgilded the lily somwhat. I often had to read several paragraphs many times before I was able to get the point the author was trying to make. Even taking into account that Jane Austen was writing in her natural style and therefore did not need to affect anything, Ms Barrett's book, while well paced and the basic story lines interesting, left a lot to be desired. She could in fact, have told the story with a lot fewer words. I think it could be a book that would benefit from a second read, but at times it was hard going, so I think I will pass for the moment. The one thing in its favour, is that it is markedly better than Tennent's 'Pemberley, which was dross.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good storyline 20 Mar 2007
I think that this has a very good storyline and ends how I think it should. However i think elizabeth should have had a child and Mr Darcy was a bit out of character.

This book has a great storyline, I just want someone else to write it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, and no more 27 Jun 2003
I've read better Austen sequels. I've also read worse. "Presumption" is a light read, about Georgiana growing up and deciding between two men that roughly complement Elizabeth's situation with Darcy and Wickham. The P&P characters all come back, not always exactly as we knew them, but not so terribly out-of-character that the writing may shock or disgust the reader into stopping their reading. The plot centers around a situation taken from Austen's real-life incident, when her aunt was accused of stealing lace from a shop.
Though Georgiana is too 'spirited' to resemble P&P's Georgiana, she is an engaging enough character, and her to-be mate is also very appealing. However, the rest of the characters tend to be a little artificial, and the jokes are forced and sometimes downright silly, as when Lady Catherine suggests to drink a remedy for a gout that contains soap. The prose, again, is artificial, but sufficient. It's definitely a better book all-in-all than Barret's other attempts, the dull S&S continuation "The Third Sister" or the terrible Sanditon completion "Charlotte".
If you are not a purist, and are looking for a light, entertaining little sequel to Pride and Prejudice, read this book. If you are a purist, read Marie Dobbs' "Sanditon" or John Coates' "The Watsons". Otherwise, however, "Presumption" is one of the nicer Austen sequels out there, and if you're not too picky, you'll like it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time 2 Aug 2000
It may be a bit ungracious to say that this is a terrible book. It lacks warmth and insight into the characters of Pride and Prcejudice. The author tried to write a good sequel to the masterpiece but it was, to be sure, an exercise in futility
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