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The Companion of His Future Life Paperback – 3 Jan 2014
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About the Author
Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make Florida their home. His nickname -- The Cajun Cheesehead -- came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons. Jack's blog postings -- The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles -- appear regularly at Austen Authors.
Top Customer Reviews
In the words of a much-loved comedian, "all the notes are there, but not necessarily in the right order". So it is with this book. The author has jumbled all the known scenes and speeches around, sometimes attributing them to other protagonists, but everything we loved in the Original is reproduced. He has added humour to the mix and some of the action in the original is fleshed out, notably the discovery of Wickham and Lydia and the exchange between Darcy and Wickham, which led to the eventual marriage. The time frame has also been tightened up so that Lizzy and Darcy acknowledge their feelings for each other much sooner than in the Jane Austen original. I must say that I liked this, as I have never been one to practise patience!
There are several deviations from the original in regard to Mary Bennett and Charlotte Lucas, but I will leave this for you to discover.
Jack Caldwell has done a cracking job here of a much-loved story. Thoroughly recommend it. It is a delightful, light-hearted tale.
For those readers who prefer a novel more in keeping with the original this is much more traditional in style and the behaviour of the characters more in keeping with the times.
This book is thoroughly enjoyable, but lacks the pace and drama of many other variations owing to it being more in keeping with the original. Personally I liked that. I have given it 4 stars rather than 5 due to some spelling errors which distracting and a real pet hate of mine.
This story begins at the time of Mr Collins proposal, only this time he asks Mary. What follows is a story that is fantastically enjoyable and at times laugh out loud funny. Caldwell cleverly includes passages from the original Austen novel - though often displaced in time or spoken by different characters. It works extremely well. I'm no expert, and the language in general may not be perfectly Austen, but it reads well and to my mind, was not greatly out of place. I'm not entirely convinced that some of the characters would quite behave as they do, but it was fun thinking about them in this way.
I read it from cover to cover in a day as I just couldn't put it down (although, going to bed at 6.30am for a 7.30am start was not ideal!). If you're a fan of P&P, Darcy and Elizabeth and are prepared to be a little open minded, I'm sure that you'll love it as much as I did!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr Caldwell tells the story well and with some humour. He decided to add Jane in the visit to Hunsford and Derbyshire which adds a little to the original and it does give Jane a... Read morePublished on 19 April 2015 by Jean
I would recommend this book to anyone for enjoys Austenesque novels. I found it a good read and quite compelling. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2014 by michaela ridge
Although very close in storyline to the original, this P&P variation manages to bring a fresh perspective to the tale of Darcy, Lizzie et al. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Dickens
I liked in this book that Mary is Mr Collins wife she as better controle over him then Charlotte Lucas did and she becomes very good friends with Anne and seems to match make ever... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Ms. S. Keenliside
This is a another great effort from this author, not quite a hilarious as 'Mr Darcy Came to a Dinner,' but still witty, effortlessly chivalrous and romantic.Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by fxyd