- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1573 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HIP20BQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice Kindle Edition
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Narrated as a diary, this begins and ends with tailpieces from P&P, then heading for the majority of its length to Brighton, where the scandalous doings of Lydia and the soldiers are uncovered and told by Farrant.
Except - what if they aren't so scandalous? I have to say that, for me, Lydia is always a "determined little flirt", her character is "set" from Austen's own writing, but I quite happily turned off my own prejudices and sat back to enjoy Farrant's take on the youngest Miss Bennett.
Lydia feels here like a teenage girl out of today's world, though in carefully written language that isn't QUITE Austen's but certainly doesn't stand out as being the words of today's young people (it will be much easier for readers to get to grips with than P&P can be).
Lydia herself knows how her family see her, and her story in Brighton develops nicely with Wickham of course present, but other new faces brought in, loves and friends, balls and gowns, and her character develops far beyond anything an Austen fan would ever have supposed possible.
I really enjoyed Farrant's direction, and how it all tied up in the end with what we know of the original (very cleverly tied together as well). Even Wickham comes off well, which I never dreamed possible!
One for fans of P&P, but may also help Austen-phobes get a feel for the period (sea bathing scenes are fascinating!), the setting, the family dramas and possibly even the bravery to try the good lady herself.
A teenager could read this without knowing Pride and Prejudice, it's quite well alluded to without knowledge being necessary, and is one I'm going to be recommending in my school library to students in years 8-10.
When I read Pride and Prejudice, I dubbed Wickham "Dickham". That's how much I didn't like him, and nothing in this book makes him redeemable at all. He finds money and he goes after it, but I can admit that at times he was a good friend to Lydia, in his own self serving kind of way. I mean at the end I was like "aw this is cute...maybe he's not such a douche" but then the other shoe dropped and it was like ah Dickham. Still alive and well I see.
I also didn't much like Lydia when I read Pride and Prejudice, I thought she was selfish, among other things. Reading Lydia reminded me how childish she was, and how shallow. I loved the diary entries and I loved reading about the world Lydia inhabits. I understand and can relate to how she feels, I can see her logic and her reasoning but I still couldn't quite like her in this book. But then she'd have her moments and I'd start to like her but then she'd screw it all up by being selfish or shallow and she'd start to bug me all over again. That's what she does. She bugs me. But I still felt for her and her romantic situation, I didn't get the romance between her and Wickham like she kind of implied at the end that they where all happy and there was a spark there but both of them's attitude took away from the romance a bit! Lydia's story is smoothly inserted in to P&P and the gaps in P&P and it's a good read either way. I just really don't like Lydia evidently! This book has hardcore given me the urge to re-read Pride and Prejudice too!
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