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Letters from Pemberley: The First Year:A continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Paperback – 29 Apr 2003
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"Very charming... in the mood and style of Jane Austen." -- Patricia Latkin, Jane Austen Books
"[A] pleasant and believable story... The plot was convincing and there is nothing jarringly 20th century about the style. An enjoyable read." -- Susannah Fullerton, President, The Jane Austen Society of Australia
"[D]elightful... it is great fun. Well done, Jane Dawkins." -- Susan Watkins, author, Jane Austen in Style
Letters from Pemberley is better than most of the sequels... a pleasant and believable story." -- Susannah Fullerton, President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Incorporating Jane Austen's own words and characters from her other works (who appear here with different names, either associated with Austen's life, borrowed from another of her novels, or a word-play on their original name), Jane Dawkins pieces together a literary patchwork quilt to tell the story of Lizzy's first eventful year as Mrs. Darcy. The result is an entertaining and satisfying tale which will surely delight Jane Austen fans everywhere. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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If you start the book with this assumption, I can tell you, you may instantly feel deceived. For when I read the first two letters of the book, I was bored, I felt nothing really happens, and the author was just repeating and worning out what was in the original storyline from the novel. At one point, I even felt I was tricked into buying the book.
It was not until I read Jane Dawkins' introduction at the beginning of the book that I started to appreciate this book. I realised what she was trying to achieve was a small 'patchwork' of writings that enhanced the original 'frock' (Pride & Prejudice), and she was not aiming to embark on a 'sequel' as it will be 'a brand new frock' altogether. With this new prospective in mind, I read on and found the book much more enjoyable and felt that Dawkins have fulfilled fully what she intended to do.
The book is split into a series of short but detailed letters, which is very handy, this makes it a very light, leisurely and pleasing read. Good for less mature readers as well as regular readers. Rather than being a 'sequel', it is like a collection of additional little extras, which makes the original book more appreciable.
Throughout the book, Dawkins had made a great effort to use Jane Austen's language. Her attempts were very successful, and sometimes created the illusion that this book had actually come from Austen's own pen.
She also stayed true to each of the original characters' natures and personalities. Elizabeth, as always, was sparking with immense intelligence and liveliness. Darcy's character continues to develop from haughty to amiable, as from where Jane Austen left us.
It was also evident that Dawkins had studied the novel carefully before writing her own. There were accurate references to the original plot that made 'Letter from Pemberley' an excellent, heart-warming and seamless addition to the original.
For me personally, 'Letters from Pemberley' is just like a personal collection of affectionate little letters that people keep.
A very worthwhile read if you are a big 'Pride & Prejudice' fan or just someone looking for something light and entertaining to follow 'Pride & Prejudice'.
Letters from Pemberley adds more than a few wonderful moments from that charming time!