- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: W&N (3 Feb. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575068043
- ISBN-13: 978-0575068049
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 22.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,385,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lady Catherine's Necklace (A Jane Austen entertainment) Hardcover – 3 Feb 2000
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A splendid sequel to Pride and Prejudice from a mistress of the genre
About the Author
Joan Aiken, English-born daughter of American poet Conrad Aiken, began her writing career in the 1950s. Working for Argosy magazine as a copy editor but also as the anonymous author of articles and stories to fill up their pages, she was adept at inventing a wealth of characters and fantastic situations, and went on to produce hundreds of stories for Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Vanity Fair and many other magazines. Some of those early stories became novels, such as The Silence of Herondale, first published fifty years ago in 1964. Although her first agent famously told her to stick to short stories, saying she would never be able to sustain a full-length novel, Joan Aiken went on to win the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for The Whispering Mountain, and the Edgar Alan Poe award for her adult novel Night Fall. Her best known children's novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was acclaimed by Time magazine as 'a genuine small masterpiece'. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature, and although best known as a children's writer, Joan Aiken wrote many adult novels, both modern and historical, with her trademark wit and verve. Many have a similar gothic flavour to her children's writing, and were much admired by readers and critics alike. As she said 'The only difference I can see is that children's books have happier endings than those for adults.' You have been warned . . .
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That being said, part of the merit of this book, from a standpoint less involved with the characters as Austen wrote them, is that it *does* address all the many social issues that Austen leaves out. Whereas Austen tends to give very little character to servants (they hardly ever speak), and she next to never mentions members of the poor social classes, Aiken makes them a pivotal part of this and other of her books. She also deals more with issues of feminism, pain, death, sexuality and dishonesty.Read more ›
Very soon the brother and sister are part of the household. Meanwhile Mr Bennett of Longbourn has died and the pompous clergyman, Mr Collins must go and sort out his inheritance leaving his wife, Charlotte, about to give birth to twins in the company of her sister Maria Lucas.
This entertaining story - subtitled a Jane Austen Entertainment - is an amusing read. It introduces some plausible new characters to the society of Rosings and casts new light on some of those who also appear in Jane Austen's `Pride and Prejudice'. I enjoyed it and thought it was well written though I did feel the ending was a little rushed.
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I greatly enjoyed some of Jane Aiken's other Austen sequels, Mansfield Revisited and Jane Fairfax, so had high expectations of this one. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2013 by C. Baron
I agree with other reviewers comments that this book does not do Jane Austen's characters justice and that the writing is stilted. Read morePublished on 30 May 2012 by Doodler