- File Size: 858 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Lucy Kate King; 1 edition (February 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BGV9QSO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first chapters confirmed the woman I first encountered in "Pride and Prejudice" : selfish, noisy, attention-seeking, impossible. But as I delved further into the novel and the story unfolded, I became more and more intrigued. Soon I was unable to put it down. Clearly, there was more to Mrs. Bennet than I
As we focus on Mrs. Bennet and her struggles, the lack of patience and tolerance with her remaining unmarried daughters is understood much better. The author puts us right at the table with this family in transition and takes us farther down the road toward the empty nest. Every woman can identify with these character traits that they have witnessed in a Mother, Aunt, Grandmother, friend or self. What a beautiful and sensitive magnified view on this classic. A joy to read.
After morning service, as soon as she had shaken hands with the Reverend Johnson, Mrs. Bennet drew her sister aside, to the edge of the gravel path. "Oh sister, I am quite unwell."
"The Change?" Mrs. Philips whispered, her eyebrows raised in enquiry.
Mrs. Bennet nodded, looking down in embarrassment. "My poor sister. I surmised as much; the symptoms are certainly apparent. How are you feeling? "
"Oh I cannot describe what I am suffering" replied her relative then promptly went on to do so. "The sudden heats, then chills and feeling so faint I have to take to my room. And the palpitations. My nerves are inflamed. I am so anxious about every thing, from decisions over meals to which shawl to wear. Indecision is my constant companion. My memory is unreliable. Every day seems so difficult. I am quite brought down."
"And what of the nights?" asked Mrs. Philips.
"Even more troubled; so hot I throw off every one of the covers. I find I am perspiring all over and have to rise and then completely change my night attire. Then there is the matter of sleep itself. No real rest, tossing and turning until dawn. I tell you sister, there seems to be no end to these burdens."
Should I be amused or alarmed reading page after page of Mrs. Bennet's sorrowful condition? Apart from women who may still be uncomfortable during menopause - a great many are not and some don't even know what is about - I wonder who would be attracted by the book's title.
Still, I was intrigued - and amused by the undertaking - and went on reading. A retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" might have its charm, but I was disconcerted by the (pompous) style all too often interrupted by spelling mistakes and modern language conclusions. I would have loved to discover a parody of Austen's book. Some passages came close to it, but not quite (in my not so humble opinion). The effort is of course laudable. Was it not T.S.Eliot who said "For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business".