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1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful!, 2 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Sense & Sensibility (Hardcover)
I suggest you only buy this book if you've never read the original Jane Austen version! I think it's shameful that the Publishers, Harper Collins, and the author, Joanna Trollope, have got away with publishing this. My hard back version has an rrp of £18.99 and I can only imagine what profit the publishers are making from it. If it were any other item, I'd be asking for a refund under the Sale of Goods Act, only it was bought for me as a birthday present and so I can't even contemplate that route, even if it was available to me.

We are told on the inside of the sleeve that this casts Sense and Sensibility is a "fresh new light". I don't think so! The only "new light" here is that the characters live in this century rather than the 18th century. And what characters they have become - all dislikeable, apart from Bill Brandon who is far too good for the utterly selfish Marianne. I was ready to throw in the towel after Chapter 1 but then wondered if the author was about to do something clever with the storyline - Elinor and Bill Brandon getting together perhaps? But no, despite my optimism, nothing changed. Elinor ended up with Edward, despite the fact that she had shown absolutely no affection for him, and Marianne looked set to settle for Bill Brandon, despite the fact that she had spent much of the book looking down her nose at him. Disappointing doesn't even come close!

The book is said to be copyright of Joanna Trollope 2013 and, on that basis, we are also told that "The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author's imagination". This is quite frankly deceitful. The names and characters are the work of Jane Austen, not Joanna Trollope. Even the incidents are based on those in the original.

I've never read any other books by Joanna Trollope and certainly won't be reading any after this.
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Posted on 23 Apr 2014 16:55:32 BDT
This careful review only highlights the sheer daftness (not to use a stronger word) of not leaving Austen alone. She has been a classic for nearly two hundred years, revered by many,
and above such treatment.
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