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Pride and Prejudice: The Jewess and the Gentile (Mash-up) Kindle Edition

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Length: 363 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FQ1FMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J.E.C. on January 19, 2012
A cottage industry has developed around the "what iffing" of "Pride and Prejudice". What if Darcy and Elizabeth met earlier or later or had prior attachments or were vampires or amateur sleuths? Some of them are diverting, several are well written, but "The Jewess and the Gentile" offers a unique and provocative "what if" - What if the Bennets were Jews who had settled in the country in an attempt to avoid the prejudices against Jews that were more rampant in London? What if a component of Darcy's prejudice was anti-Semitism? What effect would that have on Mr. Collins's proposal and his ultimate relief that he had been turned down? On Elizabeth's dialogue with Lady Catherine? On the scandal of Lydia's elopement?
This was my first read with a Kindle and I found it to be a "page turner" (is that what you call it?) It was particularly interesting to re-view the marriage of Mr and Mrs Bennet, and put a thought-provoking spin on his philosophical attitude (and Elizabeth's) and Mrs Bennet's coarseness; it made me wish for a prequel that would follow the courtship and marriage of the pair as young Jews in a predominantly Christian, Regency London. Lev?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Molly Bertsdatter on October 16, 2011
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What a joy to find my favorite book, Pride and Prejudice, rewritten by my favorite author, Lev Raphael! This novel is witty, wonderful, and, yes, subtle. However, reader beware and aware. If you go too quickly, expecting a hasty suntan-time smash up, you will miss a great deal, as is true of all Raphael's work, and you will be blushing like a Collins as your Austen-loving friends point out your oversights! I know the original Austen almost by heart, have always returned to it again and again, and to find one of my favorite writers rewriting it was almost too much fun for one all-nighter. No sentence Lev Raphael ever wrote, be it in novel, memoir, blog, or review was ever dull. My special love are his Jewish characters and their accents (Yes, here is a writer who can artfully invite an entire United Nations of languages to the party!). I find his Jewish characters, as well as those who scorn them, never stereotypical, which, in itself, rates my gold star. Whether we hate them or love them, Raphael's people always live, love and utter quotable line after quotable line--vital, realistic, unforgettable. "So"-you counter-, "did Austen's"--which must be, of course, my point after all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martha F. on October 15, 2011
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For years, Lev Raphael has been one of my favorite writers. I've loved his mysteries, been moved by his novels, short stories, and his recent memoir, My Germany, and watched his career bloom into what it is today. As with so many others, Jane Austen remains high on my list of most-loved authors. Although it had been years since I'd read Pride and Prejudice, it seemed like a no brainer that I would enjoy this book. Within the first few pages, I settled into reading the re-imagined story with delight. Raphael has given us a cheeky, sometimes hilarious, always entertaining reinterpretation of a classic novel. I've often been impressed by the wit, charm and emotional intelligence of both writers, but was surprised by how well those qualities melded and opened the novel up in an entirely new way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wisconsin Reader on February 18, 2015
I don't know about you, but I think the mash-up thing has gone off the rails. I mean what's next? Wuthering Heights in space? Vanity Fair on a submarine? Seriously. That's why I loved this book. The author didn't manhandle the text. He massaged it into a different shape. The changes aren't always obvious unless you look really, really hard. But they add up to something different, enjoyable, and unique in the crowded world of mash-ups.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2012
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I am a Jane Austen fan. I reread "Pride and Prejudice" every year, whether I need to or not. And I cannot stand authors who are too lazy or unimaginative to create their own characters and plots and have to steal Jane Austen's.

But, I am also a Lev Raphael fan and have enjoyed all his Nick Hoffman books as well as his non-fiction. So, I decided to download "The Jewess and the Gentile" and see if Lev could do what P.D. James could not do in "Death Comes to Pemberly", which is to write a reasonable addition to the non-Austen collection of books. Here's part of what I wrote about that book in my 2-star review:

"The resulting novel - "Death Comes to Pemberly" - is an awkward combination of mystery and comedy-of-manners and doesn't quite come off. The two genres don't quite come together, even in Ms James' deft hands. Maybe it was the choice of centering the story on George Wickham and a murder he is being tried for having committed. Wickham has never been a particularly interesting character in the original novel; he was the center around which events took place, but I never wanted to know more about what happened to him after the novel ended. And, in fact, that raises a particular question in my mind. Who ARE the characters in "P&P" I would want to read about? I can't think of a single one, actually.

"Maybe that's because I figured a long time ago that "Pride and Prejudice" was a completed story. There's a reason an author doesn't write sequels; maybe everything that can be said about a cast of characters has already been said. That's what Margaret Mitchell always felt about "Gone With The Wind". And Jane Austen certainly didn't return to any of her older books when writing new ones. (In this book, James writes a little about the "Eliot family").
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