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Silly to have expected more,
This review is from: Death Comes to Pemberley (Hardcover)
This latest by P.D. James had very good reviews in several newspapers and magazines; I can only think the reviewers had never read a Jane Austen novel, or they have been subject to such literary dross in their critical lives, that their sense of art has been dulled, if not completely done away with. The book has very little drama, no dialogue, no characterisation, no plot. All that made JA a literary Titan (yes I know not in everyone's eyes) has been missed from this 'sequel'. The quality of text is poor; words of more than one syllable are absent and the general tone is one of patient explanation of the obvious. The murder is little more than a ridiculously improbable accident with even more improbable cause and the mortification/rehabilitation of Wickham is hardly creditable. Where are the vivacious heroine, humour, sparkling wit, ingenious twists, satisfying denouement? Enough! I think you get the gist...