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Longbourn by Jo Baker
Longbourn by Jo Baker
18 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it, 22 Nov 2013
Spoiler alert!
As a Janeite of many years, I thought this might be an interesting take on life below stairs in the Bennett family. After reading this, I would rather have gone on in blissful ignorance.
Apart from the sheer implausibility of the story line - eg. Mr Bennett has an illegitimate child with the housekeeper Mrs Hill, there is no magic in constant descriptions of excrement and household ablutions. I didn't think the author was able to imitate any of Jane's wit, and was disconcerted by the language (including the 'f' word) and the unnecessary description of one of the servants fingering herself during an erotic dream. This may appeal to some who think some classics need… Read more
The Woman in White [1997] [Dutch Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Tara Fitzgerald
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no!, 9 Feb 2012
Okay, if you haven't read the book, you might find this movie quite interesting. If you have read the book and liked it, don't subject yourself to this. I suppose it is loosely based on the book, but has such radical departures from the story it cannot be considered a true rendition. The technical quality of the production is superior to the older BBC version, due to advances in technology, and the acting is, for the most part, quite lovely. However I couldn't get over the changes to the story, which add unnecessary imputations of sexual misconduct to some characters, and leave many unanswered questions (just what did happen to Count Fosco?). When the two main characters start… Read more
No Name (Classic Reprint) by Wilkie Collins
No Name (Classic Reprint) by Wilkie Collins
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the third Wilkie Collins I have read in quick succession, and each of them has kept me spellbound to the end. The first of the 'sensation' novelists; so called due to their innovation, and also to the very physical sensations produced on the readers by the suspense. The novel explores familiar themes of illegitimacy, wills and the quest for justice in an extremely patriarchal legal system. As usual, the depth of Wilkie's characters are truly joyous to behold, and the headstrong, unpredictable, passionate female lead is breathtaking in her audacity.
I am at a loss to discover why other great writers form the period (such as Dickens) have such an enduringly high profile, while… Read more

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