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3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Happiness?, 14 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Emma & Knightley: Perfect Happiness in Highbury: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Emma (Paperback)
I bought this book as it was the only sequel to Emma that I could find (apart from Mr Knightley's Diary), after reading many Pride and Prejudice sequels. The book started well and i was pleased that the writing tried to be true to the Jane Austen style, or at least the style of the time, but several things started to grate on me fairly early on. Firstly throughout the book there are several spelling and grammatical mistakes that it makes me wonder if the book was proof read at all. None of them are particularly significant but when buying a published book I wouldn't have expected that. Secondly there are instances of plot inconsistency, Augusta Elton's sister is called both 'Selina' Suckling and 'Serena' Suckling at various places throughout the book, again I would have expected a proof reader to pick up on this. Finally one of the most annoying points in this book is that Emma calls Mr Knightley 'Knightley' throughout the book, which makes me think the writer has not read the original novel very well as calling him Knightley was something Mrs Elton did to Emma's great disgust. So it strikes me as odd that after they are married she would start calling him this.
I also felt that whilst capturing most of the other characters quite well, Emma turns into a jealous, unconfident somewhat reserved person in this story which is completely at odds with her personality in the original novel.
The storyline however is quite well thought out with some interesting plot points along the way, even if the ending is slightly abrupt considering how long it took to get to. If you are a fan of Austen sequels in general then this is worth a read but it just didn't grip me as much as I would have liked it to. I was pleased however that most of the original characters remain and are well included in the story, alongside a couple of interesting new additions!
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2014, 18:27:04 GMT
Bookfriend says:
Reading this at the present and so far very pleased with it.
I think what irritated Emma about Mrs Elton calling Mr Knightley "Knightley" in the original story was over it being pushily ill bred of a new acquaintenance and newcomer to the community to do so, according to the manners of the day. Emma herself called him "Mr." originally due to their differences in age, and her father did so out of courtesy. As far as I know, it's OK for a wife to call her husband by his surname only - it was certainly done in many Georgette Heyer novels(!).
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