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A Must-Not Read for any true Austen fan.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued (Hardcover)
The trick to reviewing sequels is to rate them on their own merits. Unfortunately, this book has none. On its own, the book is uninteresting and frustrating. And as a continuation of a wonderful story, it fails to carry on the tradition of the book. Emma Tennant seems to believe that writing a sequel requires merely lifting passages from the original book and dropping them into her own with very little alteration. Her depictions of these much-beloved characters lack refinement or wit, and are not even true to the period in which they lived. (Crude as Mrs. Bennett was, she would never have spoken of such indelicate subjects as childbirth in mixed company.) And Tennant's Lizzy, who is supposedly renown for her wit, insults her guests with sledgehammer, sit-com style humor. And Darcy actually laughs.
And as for the anachronisms and inaccuracies, they are too numerous to count, so I'll just mention one. In P&P, Georgiana is older than Lydia; but in Pemberly, Georgiana is only one year older than she was in P&P, while Lydia has five children. Tennant doesn't seem to have done her homework, nor does she appear to have an understanding of the original work. Very Poor.