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Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Trollope
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Joanna Trollope’s much-anticipated contemporary reworking of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility launches The Austen Project and is already one of the most talked about books of the year.

Two sisters could hardly be more different.

Elinor Dashwood, an architecture student, values discretion above all. Her impulsive sister Marianne displays her creativity everywhere as she dreams of going to art school.

But when the family finds itself forced out of Norland Park, their beloved home for twenty years, their values are severely put to the test.

Can Elinor remain stoic knowing that the man she likes has been ensnared by another girl? Will Marianne’s faith in love be shaken by meeting the hottest boy in the county? And when social media is the controlling force at play, can love ever triumph over conventions and disapproval?

Joanna Trollope casts Sense & Sensibility in a fresh new light, re-telling a coming-of-age story about young love and heartbreak, and how when it comes to money especially, some things never change…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1086 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007461771
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B71R4O6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joanna Trollope has written several highly-acclaimed contemporary novels: The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector's Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People's Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South and Friday Nights. Other People's Children has been shown on BBC television as a major drama serial. Under the name of Caroline Harvey she writes romantic historical novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters. Joanna was born in Gloucestershire and lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unrealized Potential 4 Dec 2013
By clahain
Unlike some Jane Austen lovers, I have never minded re-tellings, imagined sequels, or even parodies of her masterpieces. I even managed to get through the one that had Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy battling zombies. My major criticism of that author's efforts had nothing to do with the presence of the walking dead, but rather his leaden and unimaginative characterizations. However, there was a strange affinity between Pride & Prejudice, one of Austen's most humerous works, and the irreverence of the modern brain-munching mash-up.

Austen's Sense & Sensibility is a darker book. Its themes of avarice, beautified villainy, and the very real dangers to women of the author's era left impoverished by birth or circumstance show us a world far more dangerous than Meryton, Highbury or even the two-faced playground of Bath. In some ways, this makes the book more amenable to meaningful modernization. Anyone who has lived through even a portion of the 20th and 21st centuries understands how deeply a society can fail its people.

Instead of interpreting the original against the mixed-bag of opportunity and inequity that is contemporary England--or any modern country--Joanna Trollope skims off the very top layer and hands it an mp3-player and the keys to an SUV. While Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferres and Bill Brandon retain some of the complexity that have made them so fascinating for two centuries, the other characters disappoint. Marianne, Margaret and Isabelle Dashwood, especially, are barely likable. They are petty and nasty and almost as unkind to the family offering them shelter (the Middletons, Mrs. Jennings) as the people who have supposedly treated them so poorly.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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The Austen Project is a project whereby all of Jane Austen's novels are being re-worked by contemporary authors. This is the first of such reworkings. I feel that Joanna Trollope, a highly acclaimed author, has been very brave in taking this task on. She has taken the story in Austen's novel and all of her characters, and placed them in a contemporary setting. The problem is that while the characters and storyline may well have been quite believable in the early 19th century when Austen wrote her novel, they are far less believable in 2013. All of the characters, without exception, are either totally obnoxious or completely pathetic. The central character is the saintly Elinor who is such a martyr, and so humourless, that you wish you could kick her up the backside. Her two sisters, especially Marianne, are so selfish, rude and ungrateful, that you actively dislike them. Elinor's romantic interest is Edward who is so wet you could wring him out! The sisters' mother is Belle who is utterly pathetic. She is a mother of three grown up daughters who is completely incapable of looking after herself, far less her daughters. Elinor, like any good martyr, takes full responsibility for her mother and sisters and never utters a word of complaint. What you want her to do, is to stand up for herself and to tell the others what she really thinks. Unfortunately she never does.

The background in which the story takes place is one of the very rich upper classes - a place of country estates and baronets, a place where people routinely own large houses in London and large houses in the country. It is a place where young women (all spoiled and silly) are expected to marry for money.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The chick-lit version of Sense and Sensibility 11 Nov 2013
By San Diego surfer VINE VOICE
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In order to appreciate the nuances of Austen's writing and her witty social commentary, it is necessary to have an understanding of social mores, customs and manners during the time in which she was writing. It is all about context! Therefore, it is very difficult to convey Austen's plots and characters to the modern-day era because so much has changed in the past two hundred years. I am deeply sceptical about the seemingly endless amount of Austen spin-offs and sequels which have been published over the past decade or so. 'Austen mania' is an excellent cash cow for publishers and authors but that cow is being milked to extinction.

I attempted to keep an open mind while I read this updated version of Sense and Sensibility but the same question kept popping into my head: why is it necessary to modernize Jane Austen? Aren't her novels already good enough? Perhaps Trollope wrote this as a tribute to Austen but I think there are far better ways of paying homage to one of the greatest female authors of the nineteenth century.

Parts of this book are mildly entertaining but overall the characters are tedious and faded representations of the originals. Marianne is a complete and utter airhead. I'm not saying she wasn't foolish in the original S&S; she is an infatuated teenage girl for much of the novel. But at least there was context for it. Women had to marry. It was in their best interests because as Austen herself wrote, "Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor". But this novel is set very much in the twenty-first century and the constant yipping about boyfriends and inconsequential fluff made me tune out. After a while, a very short while, you simply want Elinor, Marianne and Mrs Dashwood to stand on their own two feet.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely dire
This was chosen by my book club. I'll admit I wasn't overly keen on the concept in the first place but the reality was far worse than anything I had envisaged. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Marand
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but without the depth of Jane Austen's novel
A re-telling of Jane Austen's novel of the same title, set in modern times and done with verve. It is enjoyable, in places very funny though in others a bit twee. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by M. F. Cayley
5.0 out of 5 stars I HAD to read this, so didn't approach it ...
I HAD to read this, so didn't approach it with much enthusiasm at first, but I persevered. Then I reached a passage that was truly masterly. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by S. Crowther
2.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoy books by Joanna Trolloppe however
I always enjoy books by Joanna Trolloppe however, this story is so firmly set in my mind as a Jane Austen novel and I don't think that the story translates to a contemporary time.
Published 21 hours ago by Rebekah Ramsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Sense and Sensibility
Great !!! But I kept forgetting I was in the present ;)
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Joanna Trollope is a competent writer in that her chapters ...
Joanna Trollope is a competent writer in that her chapters are well structured and her dialogue, though not entirely convincing, has an efficient rhythm. Read more
Published 6 days ago by gatsby23
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have read and enjoyed books written by Joanna Trollope for years, but was disappointed by this one. Read more
Published 8 days ago by LH
1.0 out of 5 stars A great disappointment.
Absolutely dire, difficult to follow and very trite. A great disappointment.
Published 13 days ago by Lindsay Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars I really didn't expect to like this, especially after the reviews but...
I really didn't expect to like this, especially after the reviews but surprisingly it was a great holiday read that I rattled through in 3 days. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Julesvee
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but a new challenge for me as a reader
The usual high quality of JR but I found it difficult to visualise modern characters and kept picturing the originals!
Published 20 days ago by Ellie England
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