Sense & Sensibility Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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‘…wittily, stylishly and sensitively written with lots of delicious upmarket detail. A must for Trollope and Austen fans alike’ Daily Mail
‘Trollope is an expert in her craft…it’s a faster, zestier, read than the original’ The Times
‘A bloody good read. I was so charmed, I missed my tube stop. Such is the power of Austen’ Stylist ****
‘A fun and light-hearted read’ Sunday Times
‘Trollope and Austen are a natural marriage’ Guardian
‘Austen’s characters translate remarkably smoothly into the present day… enjoyable modern satire’ Daily Telegraph
‘Plays out the siblings’ different romantic survival strategies to great effect’ Marie Claire
‘Is the new Sense & Sensibility worth reading? The answer is unequivocally yes’ Washington Post
‘Told with insight and ingenuity’ i Paper
‘It shouldn’t work, but it does brilliantly!’ Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine
‘Jane Austen's story and Joanna Trollope's voice make the perfect marriage. What a delight!’ SOPHIE KINSELLA
‘Filled with spry twists … far more than a contemporary reworking’ YOU Magazine
‘This will more than satisfy Trollope fans as well as most Austen devotees; a sprightly mix of the old and new’ Library Journal
About the Author
After university, Joanna Trollope spent some time at the Foreign Office before becoming a teacher. She began writing 'to fill the long spaces after the children had gone to bed' and for many years combined her writing career with working as a teacher.
The common theme through all of her novels is the nature of relationships, particularly within families. Joanna's family is hugely important to her. She is the eldest of three, the mother of two daughters, stepmother of two stepsons, and is immensely enjoying being a grandmother.
Joanna Trollope has written eighteen bestselling novels, and has been appointed OBE for services to literature. She now lives in London, and still has the same core group of close friends she's had for the past thirty years.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are some quite interesting moments, but overall it just doesn't work for me. As others have mentioned Jane Austen's work is firmly rooted in the society she lived in, where women's roles were heavily restricted by traditional expectations and much of this just doesn't translate to modern times, despite the references to iphones/facebook etc. Some aspects such as the Dashwood's dependence on the patronage of rich relatives and Edward's engagement to Lucy just don't make any sense in a modern context. I would also suggest that Trollope is pretty out of touch with the lives of the average 21st century Briton if she thinks that £1500 a month is less than the minimum wage or that 200K is an insignificant inheritance (personally I would consider it life changing).
Some interesting moments but if this kind of project must be undertaken it needs to be done with some boldness - this just feels like a mostly unsuccessful attempt to update a well loved classic, by adding some contemporary references. Rather like a identical remake of a classic film where you just think - why did they bother?
Well it passed the time but just left me feeling that I'd rather re-read the original or a decent new novel by Trollope. I can't help feeling she's running out of ideas ...
The background in which the story takes place is one of the very rich upper classes - a place of country estates and baronets, a place where people routinely own large houses in London and large houses in the country. It is a place where young women (all spoiled and silly) are expected to marry for money.Read more ›
I attempted to keep an open mind while I read this updated version of Sense and Sensibility but the same question kept popping into my head: why is it necessary to modernize Jane Austen? Aren't her novels already good enough? Perhaps Trollope wrote this as a tribute to Austen but I think there are far better ways of paying homage to one of the greatest female authors of the nineteenth century.
Parts of this book are mildly entertaining but overall the characters are tedious and faded representations of the originals. Marianne is a complete and utter airhead. I'm not saying she wasn't foolish in the original S&S; she is an infatuated teenage girl for much of the novel. But at least there was context for it. Women had to marry. It was in their best interests because as Austen herself wrote, "Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor". But this novel is set very much in the twenty-first century and the constant yipping about boyfriends and inconsequential fluff made me tune out. After a while, a very short while, you simply want Elinor, Marianne and Mrs Dashwood to stand on their own two feet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Better than the original and some very interesting and also irritating characters such as Lucy and her sister. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sandra
This version of Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope has been written for the Austen project. I have to say that both Jane Austen and Joanna Trollope are both well respected... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tinalouise1969
No - this doesn't work at all and is neither worthy of Trollope nor Austin. Unimaginative and in places downright sloppy, this attempt to update this classic novel is sadly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BJL
One of the best books Joanna Trollope has written. I couldn't put it down.Published 3 months ago by Miffy
It is better to treat this novel as something entirely different from the original. Quite a nice story, some good characters.Published 3 months ago by David A.