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This review is from: The Darcys and the Bingleys (Pride & Prejudice Continues) (Paperback)
If you are an Austenite this book will be a sad disappintment because its tone and language is not appropriate for the time in which it is set i.e. Regency England.
For example: there was no 'Fall' in nineteenth century England; there was only Autumn. No-one 'cracked a smile', 'raised a ruckus' or 'went on the lam'. They did not say 'not that much of a journey' when they meant 'it's a short journey'; nor did they use the word 'wont', which means to be 'inclined towards' when they meant 'reluctant'; or 'result' when they meant 'resort'. These are only several examples but many other pervade the whole book. Therefore, one would have to say, Marsha Altman is no successor to Jane Austen.
However, this writer has no need to hang her talent on Jane Austen's coat peg. Without that, the story she has written is an otherwise enjoyable Regency Romp, funny and interesting, and it stands thus in its own right. Many readers would welcome more stories of this kind but, please, without the twentiety century idiomatic dialogue.
However, if the D&B storyline is to continue it would be an excellent idea to engage an English-born editor who understands the nineteenth century speech patterns and then-current slang, to remove the obvious anomalies and attitudes which presently spoil the story, setting the reader on the outside when, clearly, for perfect enjoyment one wants to be fully immersed on the inside.
Finally, isn't it simply good manners to familiarise oneself with the time and place about which you intend to write?
Patricia R Olds. Author.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2013 21:00:12 GMT
Mrs. J. D. Thomas says:
I agree totally with this review, I have just finished reading this book and whilst I did enjoy it the use of the word "fall" irritated me, if an author is going to attempt writing a sequel to a very English book then they should use English terminology, maybe it escaped the author that the season is Autumn in England not fall, maybe a bit nit-picky but did spoil things a little for me.
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