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Lady Catherine's Necklace (A Jane Austen entertainment) Hardcover – 3 Feb 2000

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Product details

  • 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)

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Book Description

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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Format: Hardcover
Luckily, this book doesn't deal much at all with Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Concerned mostly with Anne DeBourgh, the book can pull off its association with the original novel, Pride and Prejudice, without risking mutinous readers. While calling such a book a Pride and Prejudice sequel may have contributed to a larger readership, I don't think it quite merits that status. Aiken changes the very personalities of many of Austen's characters, which to me suggests that she should have written the work as an 'alternative reading' to Austen's original work, and not a continuation. As a very avid Pride and Prejudice fan myself, I could not help being very disappointed in the novel, which at times smacked of a cheap dime-store mystery novel. That genre perhaps has its merits, but not as far as it concerns such an author as Jane Austen, part of whose charm is that she leaves much up to the reader's own imagination and intelligence. After finishing this book and others of hers, I had to give thanks that Aiken had not taken on the greater task of portraying Elizabeth Bennet, for undoubtedly a perusal of such a book would have been unsatisfactory verging on the point of painful.
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.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2011
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Lady Catherine de Bourgh has some unexpected visitors when a carriage comes to grief close to the gates of Rosings. The Delavals seem as though they may have an ulterior motive for having an accident exactly where they did but the rules of hospitality are binding on such as Lady Catherine.

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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Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a friend who is a jane Austen-phile, I don't think she will be enchanted by this book from the point of view of it being similer to Ms Austen's work. I was a little disappointed because I was hoping for a further instalment of Pride and Prejudice, which it's not. It's more Wolves of Willoughby Chase; for me it's more satisfying to sever the connection with Austen and take this book on its own. It could have done with being longer to enjoy the whole atmosphere & expand the characters more.
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By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book is sub-titled 'A Jane Austen Entertainment' and this is a good description. Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her family are involved in intrigue and skullduggery and there is romance as well. Not a serous sequel to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE but well worth reading for amusement and entertainment.
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