Sense & Sensibility



➵ [Read] ➯ Sense & Sensibility By Joanna Trollope ✤ – E17streets4all.co.uk John Dashwood promised his dying father that he would take care of his half sisters But his wife, Fanny, has no desire to share their newly inherited estate with Belle Dashwood s daughters When she de John Dashwood promised his dying father that he would take care of his half sisters But his wife, Fanny, has no desire to share their newly inherited estate Sense & PDF \ with Belle Dashwood s daughters When she descends upon Norland Park with her Romanian nanny and her mood boards, the three Dashwood girls Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret are suddenly faced with the cruelties of life without their father, their home, or their moneyAs they come to terms with life without the status of their country house, the protection of the family name, or the comfort of an inheritance, Elinor and Marianne are confronted by the cold hard reality of a world where people s attitudes can change as drastically as their circumstancesWith her sparkling wit, Joanna Trollope casts a clever, satirical eye on the tales of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood Re imagining Sense and Sensibility in a fresh, modern new light, she spins the novel s romance, bonnets, and betrothals into a wonderfully witty coming of age story about the stuff that really makes the world go around For when it comes to money, some things never change.Sense & Sensibility

Joanna Trollope Potter Curteis aka Caroline Harvey Joanna Trollope was born on December in her grandfather s rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson Sense & PDF \ and Arthur George Cecil Trollope She is the eldest of three siblings She is a fifth generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trollope She was educated at Reigate County School for Girls followed by St Hugh s College, Oxford On May , she married the banker David Roger William Potter, they had two daughters, Antonia and Louise, and on they divorced In , she remarried to the television dramatist Ian Curteis, and became the stepmother of two stepsons they divorced in Today, she is a grandmother and lives on her own in LondonFrom to , she worked at the Foreign Office From to , she was employed in a number of teaching posts before she became a writer full time in Her novel Parson Harding s Daughter won in the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists Association.

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  • Hardcover
  • 362 pages
  • Sense & Sensibility
  • Joanna Trollope
  • English
  • 05 December 2019
  • 0062200461

10 thoughts on “Sense & Sensibility

  1. says:

    Why Warning This review may involve wailing and gnashing of teeth, not to mention cursingof both kinds Persons of a sensitive disposition may wish to look away now And on the assumption that no one will be interested in this who doesn t know the original, there are some mild spoilersThe Austen project is a strange little idea to rewrite all the Austen novels for a modern age Why It certainly can t be because the originals are unreadable I d imagine they arepopular today than Why Warning This review may involve wailing and gnashing of teeth, not to mention cursingof both kinds Persons of a sensitive disposition may wish to look away now And on the assumption that no one will be interested in this who doesn t know the original, there are some mild spoilersThe Austen project is a strange little idea to rewrite all the Austen novels for a modern age Why It certainly can t be because the originals are unreadable I d imagine they arepopular today than they have ever been One can only assume they see it as a money spinner I m delighted to say I got this book free and even then it was too expensive The original Sense and Sensibility deserves its place as a classic because of the light it casts on the restricted lives and opportunities of the sons and daughters of the gentry in Jane Austen s time This fake SS concentrates on the same class, but is set in the present day Unfortunately, society has changed so much that the premise doesn t work In order to make the story fit into today s England where opportunity for the middle classes is almost infinite, where women are freer andequal than they have ever been and where the norm is for people without money to do that revolutionary thing and get a job Trollope has decided to make most of the characters completely feckless and thus entirely unsympathetic He gave an almost imperceptible smirk The obigations of the heir Oh my God, Marianne exclaimed Are you the heir to Allenham He nodded So fortunate, Belle said dazedly.Marianne s eyes were shining So romantic, she said.The story begins with the Dashwood family losing their home at Norland Not because it s entailed oh, no Because Mr Dashwood never bothered to marry Mrs Dashwood Belle, heaven help us and so his great uncle left the house to his legitimate nephew rather than his illegitimate nieces Already I m wondering what society this reflects Certainly not the one I live in, which stopped giving afigabout legitimacy back sometime in the seventies and where even the crown is now allowed to pass down the female line To make it work, Trollope has had to make it overly complex and unbelievableand we re only at Chapter 1.So the poor Dashwoods, with only 200,000 and a modern cottage given to them by other rich relatives, have to face up to living within straitened means Why Has the concept of going to work never occurred to any of them Poor Elinor has to give up Uni Why Can t she get a student loan and live in a bedsit like everyone else To be fair, she does get her rich relatives to pull strings to get her a job But the rest whine endlessly about lack of money making me want to a hit them collectively over the head with a brick and b explain that living in a four bedroom cottage, running a car and popping up to London every weekend to go to parties isn t really poverty Then we have Marianne M in this version a hysterical maniac, rather than the overly emotional but sweet and loving girl of the original Suffering from constant asthma attacks presumably because when we get a cold these days, we just take paracetemol and get on with it , she spends her time wheezing, gasping, sobbing, throwing tantrums and being revoltingly rude to everyone and yet being so lovely throughout that no man can withstand her invisible charm To explain this strange anomaly, Trollope tells us approximately 15,000 times that M is stunningly gorgeous, even whilst receiving Intensive Care I shall brush quietly past the sex episodeShall I tell you about Wills Of course, single motherhood tends not to lead to death these days, so how does Ms Trollope resolve this conundrum and ensure that we understand that he s a bad lot Well, by making Wills, who s not just thehottest boy in the county , by the way, but a completeshagbanditcharming into a drug pusher Yes, little Eliza is a junkiePah I can t bear to talk about this monstrosity any longer I will leave you to imagine whingy Ellie, pathetic Ed, and Mags, the nightmare teenager with an iThing habit I will ignore the fact that all the married women stay at home to look after their children I will pretend I didn t notice that we now have a Wills, a Harry and yep, that s right the Middletons I won t even mention the youtube trolling incidentand I refuse to think about the gay party planner, Robert Ferrars, and his marriage of convenienceOne hundred parties in the last year Mrs Jennings said Incredible That s one party every three nights that wouldn t have happened without him Too silly, Lucy said, looking straight at Elinor Brainless My poor Ed must be cringing Amaze, Nancy said from the sofa Amazeballs Elinor took a step back Well, I suppose it s good to be good at something A fake book that tells us nothing authentic about today s society might work as a fluffy romance except aren t you supposed to like the heroines in them but doesn t work as a serious novel, isn t funny enough to be a comedy and is an insult rather than an homage to a great classic Read at your perilNB This book was provided for review byVine UK.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

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    Not worthy even in the capable hands of Joanna Trollope, this retelling of Austen s classic is just chick lit pablum And there is no way I d ever characterize Austen s work as such I ve always enjoyed Trollope s work, but here, she brings none of her usual finely drawn characters and subtle commentary on contemporary life Austen s characters come across as useless, helpless, dependent, complaining women because you cannot bring 1811 era characters and situations into the 21st century by j Not worthy even in the capable hands of Joanna Trollope, this retelling of Austen s classic is just chick lit pablum And there is no way I d ever characterize Austen s work as such I ve always enjoyed Trollope s work, but here, she brings none of her usual finely drawn characters and subtle commentary on contemporary life Austen s characters come across as useless, helpless, dependent, complaining women because you cannot bring 1811 era characters and situations into the 21st century by just adding a few external details such as texting, viral videos, and internet access The social landscape is quite different now, as are women s situations, but here Trollope takes the easy way and simply tries to transpose most everything into a contemporary setting, creating a failed effort A deeper andsatisfying, but ultimatelydifficult, attempt would be to use Austen s story as a jumping off point and develop an Austen style commentary for today s world This is the first of the series I doubt if I will read any others, as I would have thought that Trollope would be the best for this Sadly disappointed

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    More reviews and no fluff on the blog Modern retellings of classic novels so often tend to lose the heart and soul of the original the names are the same but the story only has basic plot similarities Especially with Austen, so much of the wit and pathos of the novel can be lost at the hands of authors of lesser talent Not so with Joanna Trollope s very modern but also very layered retelling of Sense and Sensibility This is a thoroughly enjoyable bookMore reviews and no fluff on the blog Modern retellings of classic novels so often tend to lose the heart and soul of the original the names are the same but the story only has basic plot similarities Especially with Austen, so much of the wit and pathos of the novel can be lost at the hands of authors of lesser talent Not so with Joanna Trollope s very modern but also very layered retelling of Sense and Sensibility This is a thoroughly enjoyable book with depth and interest, well written and with quite a few very astute observations on her characters, especially in their translation to a modern milieu.Trollope keeps most of the story intact but through careful selection of social situations, jobs, social media, and the modern trappings of a 21st century England, the transition is smooth and the character not only remain intact but also fully fleshed and interesting Rest assured, the novel is very well written, the author hasthan just read the books, she s analyzed them and brought in her own thoughts on the characters as well E.g., one of my favorite lines from the book is a succinct observation on Willoughby through his car, a fancy Aston he likes a fantasy of a good thingI mean, that it s probably leased No many people can buy a car like that There are manyobservations about the characters and their motivations Edward comes out feeling evenlike a sad sack while, in contrast, Bill Brandon is muchappealing and givenattention in this book than the Austen As well, the girls mother Belle, third sister Margaret, and the supporting characters arefleshed out here and definitely feel very real and modern, despite keeping the heir nobility wealth trappings of Regency England.In all, this was a thoughtful read but definitely not cumbersome or overly literate In fact, I feltlike I was watching a movie than reading a book the characters especially from the Ang Lee movie were in my head throughout Sort of a Notting Hill meets Sense and Sensibility movies in a good way.For once, it was a pleasure to read a retelling of an Austen classic Kudos to author Trollope for really understanding the characters and thinking through clearly their translation to a modern world

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    I appreciate the mission of the Austen project, but this story was not successful for two main reasons First, the was an element of forced modernization a mention of an iPad or Facebook seemed to exist just for the sake of reminding the reader of the time period regardless of if it interrupted the flow of the dialogue Secondly, other than the haphazard mention of electronics, the story was not modernized Things like a 16 year old swooning to get married or being connected on Facebook but fa I appreciate the mission of the Austen project, but this story was not successful for two main reasons First, the was an element of forced modernization a mention of an iPad or Facebook seemed to exist just for the sake of reminding the reader of the time period regardless of if it interrupted the flow of the dialogue Secondly, other than the haphazard mention of electronics, the story was not modernized Things like a 16 year old swooning to get married or being connected on Facebook but failing to learn of someone engagement for months just wouldn t happen The plot needed to be adjusted enough to be believable The original story, written in a time where trips across the country took weeks and letters were the primary means of communication, doesn t carry over

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    I tried to write a proper review for this book, but realised I just could not be bothered Suffice to say that I hated it with a vengeance The 1 star is for the nice cover, but obviously that cannot counterbalance the abysmal content.The article Modernising Jane Austen 10 traps to avoid The Guardian by the excellent John Mullan says it all, no need to add anything from my side I just wish all authors on the Jane Austen bandwagon would read heed it I tried to write a proper review for this book, but realised I just could not be bothered Suffice to say that I hated it with a vengeance The 1 star is for the nice cover, but obviously that cannot counterbalance the abysmal content.The article Modernising Jane Austen 10 traps to avoid The Guardian by the excellent John Mullan says it all, no need to add anything from my side I just wish all authors on the Jane Austen bandwagon would read heed it

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    I absolutely love this Austen Project thing It s so muchrespectful to the original books, which are brilliant, than all this cheap sea monster nonsense, and has the potential to actually introduce Jane Austen s stories to an audience who might not have the patience to wade through the very classic nature of the original writing.I thought Sense and Sensibility would probably be one of the harder andinteresting updates, given so much of the story revolves around inheritances and moral I absolutely love this Austen Project thing It s so muchrespectful to the original books, which are brilliant, than all this cheap sea monster nonsense, and has the potential to actually introduce Jane Austen s stories to an audience who might not have the patience to wade through the very classic nature of the original writing.I thought Sense and Sensibility would probably be one of the harder andinteresting updates, given so much of the story revolves around inheritances and moral scandals and all the sorts of things we don t care a fig about these days What I wasn t expecting was that the author wouldn t try.The characters of the new SS read very much like they were transported directly from the time of the original novel and are gradually adapting by taking on all the worst characteristics of the modern world Everyone talks and thinks in awful, stuffy language, except of course when someone says something utterly cringeworthy like totes adorbs to remind you that this is 2013 They also act inexplicably like they just stepped out of that old world with all its old attitudes There is some waffling at the start about how the Dashwood girls parents were never married, which is why they end up being turfed out of the house they have lived in for years.Wait, this is 2013, right Even worse, everyone is obsessed with big houses that have ridiculous names and refers to them by name all the time Clearly the author couldn t think of an equivalent ridiculous thing that real modern middle class people do.And then, of course, the transplanted Dashwoods are an utterly unsympathetic lot In the original story, they were to be pitied because they were women, and there was only so much women could do to alter the course of their lives in those times In the new SS, they come across as utterly lazy and faropportunistic than the gold digger women of the original, who after all weren t in the position that Belle Dashwood et al are in to find a job I actually felt I was on the side of John and Fanny, the evil stepfamily who toss them out After all, the house is not theirs and they could never have afforded the upkeep of it had they gone on as they were Of course, they end up moving on to the charity of other relatives, with very little gratitude besides.Marianne, who was a bit of an ass in the original, is now an outright bitch But of course, because she s beautiful, nobody calls her out on this behaviour Even when she is at a dinner party rolling her eyes and muttering sarcastic things about people in their presence, everyone just laughs about how adorable she is And, of course, her older man, Bill Brandon, thinks she s just wonderful FOR NO REASON Well, it s suggested that he may have a thing for tragic idiotic girls, which would be credible if he weren t old enough and experienced enough to know better than to act on that.Elinor, at least, recognises that sacrifices need to be made and finds work for herself along with the family s new life But it is really utterly impossible to sympathise with her relationship problems For a start, she s obsessed with an idiot This incarnation of Edward Ferrars seems utterly suited to Marianne, in that for most of his time on the pages he just moons around mumbling about how he wants to do good in the world and complaining that nobody will give him a chance, even though he refuses to put his mind towards earning any qualifications that would make him useful He is supposed to be a tragic figure because his mother is kind of a bitch and keeps carrying on about how he should marry rich girls and do something with his life This is why, even though he is smitten with Elinor, he won t do anything about it Frankly the guy needs to grow a pair and do what he wants, although presumably his other problem is not wanting to do what s necessary to get the money that requires if he loses Mummy s support.In spite of all this embarrassing moaning and moping and shiftlessness, Elinor quietly worships the guy You d think the sun shone out of his arse But part of that is probably that she is just as bad when it comes to standing up for herself She quits her architecture course without a fight when it becomes apparent nobody else in the family will earn money, even though it would make farsense to complete it She tolerates so much nonsense that her eventual refusal to take anyis a relief for the poor exasperated readerthan a liberating moment for her.Worst, she is utterly unwilling to set any sort of standard or direction for her relationship with Edward She allows him to show up and moon over her whenever he likes even though he won t stand up for his feelings for her to anyone in his family Of course she s not okay with this, but instead of taking a stand she does ridiculous passive aggressive things like refusing to contact him on Facebook and being surly to him when he does show up And then, she has the nerve to be outraged when she finds out that Lucy Steele has managed to get a whole secret engagement out of him I never did work out why I was supposed to hate this Lucy It seemed like the only justification was that everyone knew Edward really wanted to be with Elinor But, really, all the guy had to do was tell Lucy if he didn t want to be engaged, right And why did she have justification to think they were engaged in the first place Apparently it all has to do with some night when Edward was really drunk and there was, presumably, either an accidental proposal or sex, of which the latter seemslikely Elinor helpfully works out the sex is what must have happened, although I don t think we are ever told if she is correct But how sex leads to a secret engagement is something I seem to have missed, since Lucy is not pregnant or likely anydefiled than she already was This is 2013 From what we are told, it seems like Lucy threatened to blurt all sorts of things out to people, but frankly all he had to do was not agree to marry her. He might have ended up breaking with her family, but he still had Elinor s family, right Frankly, the only reason she was threatening him with anything was either because she knew he d never stand up to her, which is most likely, or because she genuinely thought they had a thing, in which case expecting him to fess up at some point was reasonable Right, Elinor Anyway, he does fess up when it all comes out, and there is a horrible confused moment where everyone thinks he has actually gone through with the wedding only for it to turn out that Lucy has run off with his gay brother No, really.At this point, having lost his disappointing his family with his choice in future wives virginity, he comes crawling back to Elinor He is as surprised as me when she agrees to marry him I mean, how little respect can you have for yourself, girl This guy was only willing to ruin both your lives because of some unspecified point of honour That s not noble in the modern age It s just well, idiotic She even falls for his line about coming to her with an aquamarine engagement ring because he wants to make sure she knows he s serious Seriously too broke and incompetent to buy a proper diamondlike, although, as refreshingly not boy crazy youngest sister Margaret reflects, it s basically the same thing but blue.I could go on about the lame attempts to use Margaret to show off how IT S 2013 and we have teh social mediaz despite these things having little bearing on the story at all I could complain about the lost opportunity to show how Marianne and The Older Man could actually be a passionate romantic match in a modern setting As it is, it s just Lolita complex creepy I could point out and am, I guess that everyone keeps saying things slightly desperately , which is weird, and that that wasn t trolling. I think making Elinor into a weak idiot is unforgivable enough without all these other abominable missteps Are we really all so overwhelmed by vampire romances these days that a girl can t carry a torch for a guy without losing her humanityhead

  7. says:

    Sorry I really wanted to love this but could not get past page 75 I think the author s decision to try to stay close to the storyline and even the language of the original while updating it with jeans, iPods and artsy smocks just didn t work for me If you can t give me something sharp and clever and new, like Amy Heckerling did with Emma in Clueless, then I d just as soon re read Jane Austen s masterpiece For the umpteenth time.

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    Wow So The Austen Project is well known authors rewriting the actual books for a modern audience Unlike some of the other Austenesque books out there, they aren t adding vampires or murder mysteries or whatnot, just writing the same story and setting in the 2010s And Wow Who d have thought that someone of Trollope s reputation could update such a wonderful story and make it so so so so bad Really who would have thought, given that there must be a team of editors working with the Wow So The Austen Project is well known authors rewriting the actual books for a modern audience Unlike some of the other Austenesque books out there, they aren t adding vampires or murder mysteries or whatnot, just writing the same story and setting in the 2010s And Wow Who d have thought that someone of Trollope s reputation could update such a wonderful story and make it so so so so bad Really who would have thought, given that there must be a team of editors working with these authors No one was reading this and thought that maybe they needed to direct Trollope on another path Like one going in an entirely different direction Let me start at the beginning I was so excited to see this book on offer at the library, and began to read even though I was already in the middle of reading some other books At the end of chapter one I blinked, and then I blinked again, but read on, thinking I was terribly uncharitable and should give itof a chance After chapter two, my blinking had increased to some sort of deep sleep REM After chapter three, I fired up the ipad and looked up some reviews to see if I was the only one sensing there was little sense in this version of Sense and Sensibility I found many others had the same opinion I truly think there are some bogus reviews on this site to bump up the average Average 3.3 stars Really There s like ten 1 5 s in a row, you d need about ten 5 5 s in a row to get to that average Who could give it 5 5 Anyway, I plodded on for another couple of chapters, finally giving up and throwing this firmly into my did not finish shelf What s wrong with it, you ask Wow Where do I start Modernising Austen, to me, doesn t mean using the exact same conflicts, tossing in a couple of trendy words to decorate the exact same dialogue, and exchanging the corsets for ipod headphones To me, it s writing it so that a young person who has no idea about the plot characters can pick it up, understand it without having to refer to a dictionary for words like entail , and appreciate the conflicts hardships the characters are enduring Instead we get bad fanfic which was published Let s just look at chapter one, shall we Henry Dashwood dies and his estate goes directly to his only legitimate son, John, because insert shocked faces here he had never married the mother of his 3 daughters Yes, in this day and age it s a great scandal for someone to live with a man, have 3 children to that man, and never legally marry him Didn t you know this It s also apparently impossible for that said defacto wife, or her children, to take the new heir to court and fight for the estate legally I have trouble getting past this point really It s so ridiculous to think they had no rights as they d apparently lived in the house mansion apparently for 20 odd years Instead, they become destitute Well, destitute with savings amounting to 200 thousand pounds, but apparently they can t rent a decent place in England with that sort of cash Someone probably Fanny does suggest getting a job to pay for your new house s rent, but that s a horrid suggestion And, even without these possibilities, there is apparently no pension dole social security insurance rent assistance anything available in England today How odd The main problem with this scenario is that instead of feeling so horribly sad for the Dashwood women, as you do in the original, you now just want to slap them and give Fanny a high five for her assertiveness If you re going to write like Austen, you need to add some of the social issues of today, but there was none If you re going to write like Austen, you need some subtlety, some wry humour, something I did meet Edward, but I refused to read on to meet Colonel Brandon The Colonel is one of my all time favourite literary characters and I despaired at what he might become in this version, or what he might be called Really, did no one suggest to Trollope that her choices of nicknames were just plain wrong Okay, I really need to stop ranting Thank goodness this is a library book and I never paid good money for this If you re young and don t understand the book, watch Emma Thompson s version, it will be muchsatisfying

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    In theory, I abhor the idea of modernizing Austen being a writer, I know I would hate people messing around with my books, throwing them in a different time period or heaven forbid adding vampires or zombies or sea monsters to them or something And why do you need to update stories I still find relevant today, anyway However, in practice, I ve read and watched my share of modernized Austen classics I remember picking up Debra White Smith s retellings a few years ago, and while I never did In theory, I abhor the idea of modernizing Austen being a writer, I know I would hate people messing around with my books, throwing them in a different time period or heaven forbid adding vampires or zombies or sea monsters to them or something And why do you need to update stories I still find relevant today, anyway However, in practice, I ve read and watched my share of modernized Austen classics I remember picking up Debra White Smith s retellings a few years ago, and while I never did get into The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I have been mostly keeping up with Emma Approved So when I first heard about Harper Collins Austen Project I was disdainful but when I saw a copy of Sense and Sensibility at the library, I picked it up Typical The Austen Project is an upcoming series of books setting Jane Austen s books in modern day, the first of which, Sense and Sensibility, came out this year I admit I was curious, but when I began to read I was instantly disappointed Not from the fact that it was set in modern day, but the fact that according to today s world, modernized might as well be synonymous with inappropriate Aside from Marianne and Willoughby s called Wills in this update highly unacceptable relationship, there was language and I mean language Not so much so that it was on every page or something, but the actual words were very offensive and I m not talking about a D n used a few times, either I also felt like something in the book was missing I couldn t put my finger on it until later Though Austen never explicitly mentions God in her works, her characters operate in a very clear Christian worldview Joanna Trollope takes away that entirely even Edward, who wishes to become a pastor in the original, wishes to do something public service y rather than religious in this modern story And that really takes away from the book It gives the allusion of this update being too much like the original and too little the things don t mesh together because of it Their morals are different, so the idea of Willoughby getting a young girl pregnant is just not as appalling as in Austen s classic Instead, he gets her hooked on drugs because that s so much worse, apparently The Dashwood girls, frankly, aren t as likable because their moral standards aren t as high The reason we love Jane Austen s heroines and heroes are because they have flaws but at heart they re good Joanna Trollope lowers the level of their morals which means she has to make the villains even worse to gain the reader s appropriate reaction For example, when Wills takes Marianne to see his home and they ahem become rather intimate which was NOT in the original, my friends , Elinor is upset not because of what they did, but because they did it secretly without his aunt s knowledge Because apparently it s okay to have an inappropriate relationship if you keep it out in the open, but not if you use deception It s as if the author had to make excuses about why certain characters actions were wrong, because while they might have been scandalous back in Jane Austen s day, today they d garner nothingthan an eye blink.And it was too much like Austen s classic in the fact that the author tried too hard to make certain plot points work that just didn t in modern society Even the way the Dashwoods lost their house sort of had me scratching my head a little bit As far as this book was being advertised as Jane Austen s classic story with the addition of social media and technology it wasn t as overt as I was expecting Marianne naturally texts Willoughby obsessively, while her hysterics at finding him in London end up on youtube poor girl Margaret fiddles with her earbuds and is a biton the bratty side than usual although I was half afraid they would get rid of her character altogether Practical Elinor is the one to get a job to support her family unheard of in Austen s classic but of course a very necessary and a believable addition here.The thing is, because each of the novels in the Austen Project are being written by different authors, I would be willing to readof the upcoming ones albeit a bit nervously If they end up changing Fanny Price s character However, I highly doubt I ll ever pick up another book by Joanna Trollope

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    Purists believe that Jane Austen s six novels are complete in and of themselves and should never be imitated, extended or parodied I prefer to judge each Austen spin off on its own merits This latest addition to the sub genre is excellent in my opinion It is the first instalment of the Austen Project set up by the publishers Harper Collins Well known authors are being commissioned to translate the six novels into modern settings and this is the first to be published.I thoroughly enjoyed read Purists believe that Jane Austen s six novels are complete in and of themselves and should never be imitated, extended or parodied I prefer to judge each Austen spin off on its own merits This latest addition to the sub genre is excellent in my opinion It is the first instalment of the Austen Project set up by the publishers Harper Collins Well known authors are being commissioned to translate the six novels into modern settings and this is the first to be published.I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and thought the translation to the twenty first century was well done The author clearly knows Sense and Sensibility thoroughly and has translated the essence of the characters into modern life Elinor and Marianne sense and sensibility are part of everyone s life We ve all met the quiet person who never seems angry, sad or ecstatically happy We ve all met the person whose life is one long series of dramas and crises as is Marianne s.This reinterpretation of the well known characters gives slightlyprominence to Margaret Dashwood as a stroppy teenager and to Charlotte and Tommy Palmer, Lady Middleton s bubbly sister and her enigmatic husband Mrs Jennings bustles around seeing further through a brick wall than most and ultimately providing a safe haven for Marianne and Elinor when all hell breaks loose in their lives.This novel works in its own right even if you don t know Austen s Sense and Sensibility , and it shows that Austen s characters and basic plot are still relevant two hundred years later

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