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The novel which I hadn t ead since 1975 when it first came out Although it doesn t at all follow the story that Andrew Davies wrote for the production it it nonetheless completely charming and utterly diverting It was for me the perfect antidote to these trying times through which we e living It s my intention in this year 2020 to e ead all of Jane Austen s work with Mansfield Park coming up next I ll be doing that on an every other book I ead fashion For Austen fans this book is a must because the point at which Another Lady takes over and completes the narrative is completely indistinguishable from the est of the text It s a masterful accomplishment I adored the experience of once again diving into Regency England I am so pleased with this uncompleted last novel of Jane Austen s that was finished by another lady It tells the story of Charlotte Heywood who is visiting friends in a seaside town called Sanditon Charlotte meets all the espectable society of Sanditon and spends most of her time observing their characters and deciding if she should laugh at them pity them befriend them or scorn them She herself is very unassuming and sensible but when the charming Mr Sidney Parker comes on the scene her self possession begins to slip and Charlotte finds herself wrapped up in intrigue deceit and gossip of the worst kindI couldn t even tell where Jane Austen s original work left off and Marie Dobbs writing began I m usually very skeptical about other authors trying to ecreate or imitate someone else s work but wow She perfectly captures the sweet laughing mockery of Austen s writing Austen made fun of everybody with little biting emarks but also forgave them their faults in the next sentence This writing style the wording the dialogue and even the descriptions are perfectly blended together throughout the book in Austen s own way I could have sworn she wrote the whole thing And I am very picky and critical about all things Austen let me tell youAll the characters are exactly what I would expect from an Austen novel perfectly delightful and complex and interesting The plot follows just the sort of outline that Austen always follows in her novels ight down to the minor catastrophe near the end which pushes the characters to take action and come togetherI am completely delighted with the entire book I only have one complaint There were too many characters to keep track of This is a pet peeve of mine Some of them were necessary yes but many of them could have been disposed of and I think it would have made for a clearer story It s an act of true bravery of Marie Dobbs to have attempted to finish this work I can imagine her primary eason for this effort was an act of love for Austen and sympathy with other Austen fans in mourning their having finished Austen s extant work Dobbs wanted to give eaders when Austen herself could not which is precisely why I bought this book because I too found myself in mourning and wanted to believe others could carry on her legacy So no I can t fault Dobbs for trying I can t even criticize the fact her own work does not each Austen s heights Wouldn t it be like criticizing a eulogy of a shared loved one We all mourn in our own way Some obsess over Colin Firth Others try to give voice to Austen s unfinished text Random girl Oh I ve heard of that authorMe JaneAustenGirl Yeah Me polite everyone knows Austen but I don t want to embarrass you smile This is Sandition definitely not one of her famous ones She wrote the first 11 chapters but never completed itGirl Oh yeah I ve totally heard of that one Her daughter finished itMe too horrified for words Jane Austen s daughter My Sister much less polite than me Idiot Jane Austen didn t have a daughter Me Wellit went to her niece Who also didn t finish it but maybe that s what you e thinking of Girl shrugsSoJane Austen Famous author You might have heard of her But you probably haven t heard of Sanditionexcept maybe you have because there is that new miniseries coming out Austen wrote the first 11 chapters and died which honestly is one of the world s great literary tragedies because it starts off marvelously Chapter 3 begins Every neighborhood should have a great lady Genius Sign me up for But she did not write so some enterprising author came along and finished it In 1975 Which is a mixed bag I uickly fell for the main couple but the conclusion eally alienated me Laughing gray eyes and abductions have in common with a Georgette Heyer novel than Austen I love Heyer but Austen and Heyer are very different vibes Mashing them together worksbut only to a point And unlike both those authors this novels suffers from a bad case of hindsight Characters enthuse about gaslights and other inventions just about to make it big If actually written by Austen such perspicacity would epresent outstanding prophetic insight From another it just feels out of place and highlights the gulf between the actual Austen portion of the book and the non Austen Characters also dance without gloves on which horrified meOverall I loved the beginning and middle but the climax and conclusion jars the story by taking a very un Austen oute to happily ever after Still I thoroughly enjoyed just about every minute of the trip Didn t love the hero s eason for loving the heroine butthat s an analysis for another e ead First ead June 11 20082nd eading June 17 2012 Please note the author who published this under the name of Another Lady also publishes under the names Anne Telscombe and Marie Dobbs I m not sure if either is her eal name but fo. She accepts with alacrity intrigued to visit the once uiet town being promoted by Mr Parker as the newly fashionable esort for sea bathingAs a guest of the Parkers Charlotte is introduced to the full ange of Sanditon polite society from Lady Denham to her impoverished war.
R the sake of brevity I m calling her Dobbs from here on out To properly explain to you why I love this novel first I need to set the scene the year was 2008 I wasn t blogging yet and was in need of some structure I was planning my summer eading and wishing for something like Jane Austen when I ealized that there were all these adaptations out there At first I was a bit startled People would dare to continue and adapt Jane Austen The horror But then I thought Maybe I could just embrace it Maybe I could have a Summer of Jane and ead all the adaptations I can get my hands on sound familiar Well it didn t work out uite the way I d planned because the first few I picked up the names long since forgotten were dreadful Awful awful awful stuff In fact I had just ead another completion of Jane Austen s last unfinished work ie this one called Charlotte about which I wrote my most scathing eview EVERonly to have a Goodreads pageload error when I hit publish and I lost everything ThwartedAnyway I was about to give up and write off all Austen adaptations as puerile trash but I had one book in my stack of library books that was waiting to be ead I was eally hesitant to ead it not only because it was another Austen adaptation but because it was an adaptation of the very same work I d just finished and loathed Even if it turned out marginally better I wasn t expecting much I doubted I d be able to separate it from the crap that filled the other book But I decided to suck it up and give it a chance and oh my sweet Jane if it didn t completely change my mind about Austen adaptations It was a evelationNow I m not saying this was perfect by any means And I don t know how Jane Herself would have actually finished out the story the fragment if you didn t know is 11 chapters long so a good amount of the groundwork had been laid but I have to say Dobbs did a eally admirable job of taking what she had to work with parsing it out and figuring out where Austen may have intended the story to go as well as where modern eaders might want it to go and then embracing that and going there Aside from one particular sub plot that of the foolish wannabe ake who takes things too far I eally didn t have any trouble believing that the story Dobbs presented was the one Jane intended It has her characteristic wit and skewers the foibles of a population in a very Jane like way The hero and heroine Dobbs presents feel very well suited to each other and to Austen s world like they may be close to what Austen intended of them and most of the things they go through worked for meI was also very impressed with how seamlessly Dobbs blended her writing with Austen s I was so invested in the story both the first and second times I ead it that I was 34 of the way through before I ever had the thought to wonder where specifically Austen s fragment left off and Dobbs writing picked up I had to google and then flip back and forth and compare Dobbs did a very admirable job of mimicking Austen s tone and style without feeling forced or hitting many false notes She captured that sly sense of humor the sharp eye towards the follies of others the characterization the structure she eally took her time to make the story and the style Austen s style shine ather than letting her own style intrude Rather when it came time for her to take over the story she injected her style gradually so that even though the plot does become absurd and somewhat modern in its telling the transition happens at such a good pace and the style emains consistent enough that the eader is never jarred out of the story by an abrupt shift in style or contentNow four years later my Summer of Jane which was to be a single ead it all and move on project has evolved into a yearly tradition and I ve stumbled across many good and than my share of bad adaptations To make sure my enjoyment of Sanditon wasn t a fluke due to the horrid nature of the other adaptations I d ead I bought a copy and curled up with it for a second time It wasn t a fluke I fell just as in love with it as I did the first time around and if it weren t for the fact that people would look at me like Who in Austen conversations I d talk just as eadily of Charlotte and Sidney as I do of Elizabeth and Darcy Catherine and Tilney Wentworth and Anne This was the first Austen adaptation I ead that made me feel anything even close to what I felt the first time I ead any of Austen s works and it emains one of the few to have done so I was going to go on a ant but it is not necessary If you did not like the Sanditon miniseries on ITV PBS Masterpiece just ead this You will be happier The End I loved the part written by Austen which I loved and found surprisingly different from her other novels going off in new directions I hesitated over whether to ead the part by Another Lady an Australian writer called Marie Dobbs but in the end carried on I did uite enjoy her part too but it isn t much like Austen eally although she does have a dry witty tone and sometimes gets in some uite Austen like weighted sentences here s an exampleRemoved for some time from the influence of each other both he and his sister improved in temper and though their eal characters underwent no evolution they at least learned to hide them successfully from others The big difference is that her story is lighter and frothier and of a omance like Georgette Heyer I suspect if Austen had finished the book it would have been very different from this versionReally I d like to give this book five stars for Austen and three for Dobb. D Clara and from the feckless Sidney Parker to his hypochondriac sisters A heroine whose clear sighted common sense is often at war with omance she cannot help observing around her both folly and omance in many guises but can she herself esist the attractions of the hear.
PDF or EPUB Sanditon by Jane Austen
This eview was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm early 1817 Jane Austen began writing a story called Sanditon She was only able to work on it for around 7 weeks before her health deteriorated to such an extent that she had to abandon it She died around 4 months later beueathing the unfinished manuscript to her niece Anna Austen Lefroy There are a number of continuations of the book there s a list on Wikipedia but the eason I chose to ead this one written in 1975 was because I saw a ecommendation on a blog if I ecall correctly it was The Bookrat saying that they hadn t noticed the join between Austen s words and the completion I thought I d go into it without knowing where the join took place eitherA confusion in address and a carriage accident leads to the introduction of Mr Tom Parker and his wife Mary to the Heywood family Mr Parker injures his ankle and being friendly people Mr Heywood invites the Parkers to stay until the ankle injury has healed Mr and Mrs Parker wish to eturn the civility by inviting the Heywood family to stay with them at their home in the seaside esort of Sanditon The Heywoods won t agree to all go but eldest daughter Charlotte who in her early 20s sets off for Sanditon with the Parkers Mr Parker s favourite subject is Sanditon which he has invested in and hopes to see become a fashionable esort He is a little idiculous in his fulsome praise of the place stating that it can cure every ailment The sea air and sea bathing together were nearly infallible one or the other of them being a match for every disorder of the stomach the lungs or the blood They were anti spasmodic anti pulmonary anti septic anti bilious and anti heumatic Charlotte is introduced to the society in Sanditon who are a very interesting selection of people Firstly there is the grande dame of Sanditon Lady Denham who is a very contrary lady she is stingy but she is also interested in making Sanditon a fashionable location so the Parkers are keen to emain on terms with her Her favour is also being courted by elatives of her late husband the supercilious Miss Denham and her brother Sir Edward Denham who is one of the most idiculous characters I ve ever come across Imagine a man who has all of Catherine Morland s love of gothic novels but is old enough to know better He is without sense full of conceit and fancies hi It took me some time to get into this book and I m not sure why I had previously ead the piece that Jane Austen had written and enjoyed it There are a huge cast of characters in this novel At times I had to flick back to emind myself of who it was I was eading about The heroine Charlotte seemed a bit wet and too goody goody for me at the beginning but as the book went on she did improve The hero was a likable character and I took it to him from the start even though he took a while to appear in the storyOf course there are some completely silly and annoying people in it Diana Parker is the standout annoyance for me She s always arranging and managing things without getting anything done and unning here there and everywhere with out ever arriving Lord Edward is one of the silliest creatures ever and would have been disowned by family today Sidney is also a very managing person but he pulls it off because he does it for the ight easons and has total loyalty to his friends There was an unexpected side omance in it which I thought was a lovely addition to the book and I was cheering for the coupleThe merging of the old fragment and the part written by A Lady is seamless The language is the same and the story finished as you would imagine Jane intended Once I got into it I was swept along and enjoyed it very much This book was by Jane Austen and Another Lady mostly by the other lady The first 11 chapters were by Austen mostly and it was obvious By the end of the 11th chapter though there was no eal indication of where the plot would go except for using other Austen novels as a guide seems easonable so most of the plot is by the other lady as well It is pretty much a published piece of fan fiction Not bad fan fiction but not great fan fiction either and not even close to the author it is meant to honor That said I enjoyed eading it once I decided not to hold the bulk of the book up to Austen s level One thing the book did for me is to cast into fairly sharp elief those ualities of Jane Austen s novels that I like the language the social criticism and commentary the character development and the multi dimensionality of the book s structure among other features This book had the language and the groundwork for the social commentary in the first eleven chapters but those were short chapters and there was no oom for character development or multiple dimensions By the end of the 11th chapter we knew very little about the apparent heroine and the supposed hero had been mentioned once and so maybe they were not the hero and heroine after all The est of the book is high on personal criticism but is one dimensional and is missing the social commentary language and character development Another Lady tells us epeatedly about the selfishness of certain characters practically ubs our faces with it in a way that Jane Austen would never have done Another Lady tried to capture Austen s language and the contemplative tone that most of her books have but she didn t succeed Still it was fun and not actively painful Plus with two elopements on the same day it s hard to complain Having watched Masterpiece Classic s production of Sanditon I turned back to this 1975 completion of. From the publisher Sanditon was Jane Austen's last novel beueathed unfinished to her niece This is its completion praised for its delicacy wit and discretionWhen Charlotte Heywood eldest daughter of a family of fourteen is invited to stay with Mr and Mrs Parker of Sanditon.
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the landed gentry earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics Austen lived her entire life as part of a close knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentr