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Clever but unsatisfying.
on 15 June 2011
I thought from what I read about it that this book might be fun -- I am a reasonably keen Janeite.
The author manages a pretty good pastiche of the Austen style, unlike some other wannabe sequel writers, but I was very disappointed by the plotting and characterisation. It was a nifty idea to write a sequel to Pride and Prejudice that incorporated characters from other Austen novels. At the beginning I was intrigued by a nice little scene between Maria Bertram and Mrs Norris, both of Mansfield Park. However, thereafter there was little of real interest. The trouble was that all the unmarried characters were happily paired off in double quick time, so that there was one wedding after another. But it was difficult to care about these liaisons, because there were no difficulties in the way and therefore no dramatic tension. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it didn't.
If Austen had written the story, she would have cast obstacles in the way of the various lovers and would have endowed them with more faults either for comic effect or to make them seem human.