5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A clever parody,
This review is from: Persuading Annie (Paperback)
I've only just discovered this book, and see from previous reviews that its created a bit of angst amongst Jane Austen followers. I dont know what media advertising launched Persuading Annie, but I really dont believe Melissa Nathan was ever trying to be the new Jane Austen. What she has done in this very funny book is to create a clever parody of Jane Austen's Persuasion. And I mean parody in the true sense of the word ie 'a comic or satirical imitation of a work of a particular writer.' Personally, as a committed Jane Austen fan and one who has read Persuasion many times, my main delight has been to compare specific incidents in the two books, and see how Melissa Nathan has treated them. For instance, in the genteel 19th century, little Charles Musgrove has a bad fall and dislocates his collar bone; in today's 21st century young Harry Norman shoves an entire toy fire-engine ladder up his nose and ends up in A&E. The subsequent adult behaviour in both centuries is the same. Brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am now looking forward to reading Pride, Prejudice & Jasmin Field which I understand is being relaunched in Spring 2008 retitled Acting Up.