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The Companion of His Future Life [Paperback]

Jack Caldwell
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3 Jan 2014
One of the great "what-ifs" among Pride & Prejudice aficionados is: if Mr. Collins married Mary Bennet instead of Charlotte Lucas, how would that influence Mr. Darcy's dogged pursuit of the elusive Elizabeth? In this breezy and hilarious re-telling of Jane Austin's classic novel, the author explores what would have changed -- and what would have not -- had two of literature's most self-righteous characters found their way together. Elizabeth Bennet goes to Kent with her sister Jane, and the fur flies! A wonderful, mad-cap romp!

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Jack Caldwell Author (3 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989108015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989108010
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make Florida their home. His nickname--The Cajun Cheesehead--came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.

Always a history buff, Jack found and fell in love with Jane Austen in his twenties, struck by her innate understanding of the human condition.

When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons.

Jack's blog postings--The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles--appear regularly at Austen Authors.

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About the Author

Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make Florida their home. His nickname -- The Cajun Cheesehead -- came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons. Jack's blog postings -- The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles -- appear regularly at Austen Authors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING READ 25 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am always a little apprehensive when reading a P&P sequel and have been disappointed by many. Not with this one though.

In the words of a much-loved comedian, "all the notes are there, but not necessarily in the right order". So it is with this book. The author has jumbled all the known scenes and speeches around, sometimes attributing them to other protagonists, but everything we loved in the Original is reproduced. He has added humour to the mix and some of the action in the original is fleshed out, notably the discovery of Wickham and Lydia and the exchange between Darcy and Wickham, which led to the eventual marriage. The time frame has also been tightened up so that Lizzy and Darcy acknowledge their feelings for each other much sooner than in the Jane Austen original. I must say that I liked this, as I have never been one to practise patience!

There are several deviations from the original in regard to Mary Bennett and Charlotte Lucas, but I will leave this for you to discover.

Jack Caldwell has done a cracking job here of a much-loved story. Thoroughly recommend it. It is a delightful, light-hearted tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A more faithful narrative 9 Feb 2014
By Jenny
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read numerous Pride and Prejudice variations but this was unlike many of the others. In many respects it is a more faithful retelling with variations on each of the main episodes. We see Mary marry Mr Collins, Jane refuse Mr Bingley and a guest appearance by Captain Tilney.

For those readers who prefer a novel more in keeping with the original this is much more traditional in style and the behaviour of the characters more in keeping with the times.

This book is thoroughly enjoyable, but lacks the pace and drama of many other variations owing to it being more in keeping with the original. Personally I liked that. I have given it 4 stars rather than 5 due to some spelling errors which distracting and a real pet hate of mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Companion of his future life 24 Jan 2014
By katymay
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This was a brilliantly executed alternative tale the original one of Pride and Prejudice. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no hesitation in recommending this to all those who like regency love stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Charming and Fantastic! 15 Jan 2014
By Caz
Format:Kindle Edition
Imagine a world where Mary marries Mr Collins. How could Mr Darcy even entertain the idea of such a ridiculous man as his brother? Would things be terribly different from the way that the original Pride and Prejudice played out?

This story begins at the time of Mr Collins proposal, only this time he asks Mary. What follows is a story that is fantastically enjoyable and at times laugh out loud funny. Caldwell cleverly includes passages from the original Austen novel - though often displaced in time or spoken by different characters. It works extremely well. I'm no expert, and the language in general may not be perfectly Austen, but it reads well and to my mind, was not greatly out of place. I'm not entirely convinced that some of the characters would quite behave as they do, but it was fun thinking about them in this way.

I read it from cover to cover in a day as I just couldn't put it down (although, going to bed at 6.30am for a 7.30am start was not ideal!). If you're a fan of P&P, Darcy and Elizabeth and are prepared to be a little open minded, I'm sure that you'll love it as much as I did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Well Written 23 Feb 2014
By Dickens
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Although very close in storyline to the original, this P&P variation manages to bring a fresh perspective to the tale of Darcy, Lizzie et al. Largely, by attributing original dialogue to different characters and slight changes in plot, the book manages to keep the feel of this classic tale. A few Americanisms creep in, as they often do with these books, for example, I cannot imagine any Englishman, today or in Georgian times, ever using the phrase "peace, cuz" when calming his cousin down. But otherwise this is a good example of an entertaining and well written Variation. Recommended.
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