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Not Passionate about this one,
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I'm afraid I couldn't feel as enthusiastic about this one as the previous reviewer. It's another attempt to tell P&P from Darcy's point of view, and does go further than the end of the novel and into the beginning of married life. As far as the story itself was concerned, I didn't have a problem - it was what you might call psychologically plausible! I particularly liked the drawing out of Georgiana.
In the introduction the author says she has decided not to use Austen's dialogue, as it didn't sit with her own style of writing. Fair enough - I can appreciate this as who can write half as well as Austen? I think the trouble here is that many of the lines from P&P are so well known and that they are so cleverly filled with precise nuances and shades of meaning, that Jeffers' paraphrases look unnatural and sometimes clumsy by comparison. I always say that Austen never wasted a word, and I think this proves my point.
I also thought that in the post-proposal period it was a bit over the top with the constant `I love you' and `passion' and touchy-feely stuff! I'm not prudish, and I think that Darcy & Elizabeth would have had a passionate relationship, I just don't need to be told about it in every other line!
Finally, obviously the author is American, and American spellings in a book set in England in this period are one of my pet hates! No matter how hard I try, I cannot imagine Mr Darcy saying "I guess so" either! The book could also have done with a really good proof read as it was riddled with instances where it looked like someone had just clicked on `Yes' to the Spell Checker! Several times I had to try and puzzle out what the author actually meant.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2008 00:26:34 GMT
Choosy customer says:
Very valuable review. Shares the same sentiments as I. Shall not buy the book. Cannot bear these Americanisms anywhere. So vulgar and crass to have included them in such a book. It rather shews that the author has no 'feel' for Austen and the English. Such a pity. So much could have been learned to counter her absorption of American culture and improve her lot, and her book. So sad. Quite missed the boat. Chris Jacquier
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