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

Lev Raphael
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Get Ready for Pride and Prejudice with Brisket!

In this hilarious and subtle mash-up, Lizzy Bennet's been transformed into an Anglo-Jew with a Jewish mother, some Jewish attitude, and lots to say about Mr. Darcy. And he's got some some serious attitude problems of his own when it comes to “Hebrews.” When these two proud people meet, is it still love at first...slight? Will prejudice keep them from bridging the gap between Jew and Gentile? Raphael lovingly and meticulously retouches Austen's portrait of Regency England and gives us a whole new way to see her inimitable work.

Lev Raphael is an original voice in American-Jewish Literature whose books are assigned reading at colleges and universities around the country, something he shares with Jane Austen (who was not Jewish).

"With a sly wit and deft hand, Raphael infiltrates the world of Austen's most popular novel and plays a game of What If? that simultaneously creates something fresh and reveals anew the genius of the original prose. Never have the human foibles of pride and prejudice been exposed in such a delightful way."
—Michael Thomas Ford, author of Jane Bites Back

"What's not to like? Lev Raphael has created a witty, surprisingly effective mash-up of Pride and Prejudice envisioning the Bennet family as Jews struggling against their society’s anti-Semitism. Raphael adds amusing touches to Austen’s novel, and though fun on the surface, this mash-up hints at the devastating effects of intolerance and religious prejudice."
—Emily Auerbach, author of Searching for Jane Austen

"Lev Raphael’s version of Pride and Prejudice develops a whole new dimension and Austen's plot neatly accommodates the Jewish elements in this mash-up hand-made by a maven."
--Rachel Brownstein, author of Why Jane Austen?

"Hilarious and charming, genuinely delightful. An audacious reinterpretation of the divine Miss A which has one laughing out loud from the first page."
--Lauren Henderson, author of The Jane Austen Dating Book


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  • Print Length: 363 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FQ1FMG
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original "what if?" take! January 19, 2012
By J.E.C.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joyful Return 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
5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL! 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Even Lev Raphael can't do it. 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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