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The Companion of His Future Life Paperback – January 3, 2014
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Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make Florida their home. His nickname -- The Cajun Cheesehead -- came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons. Jack's blog postings -- The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles -- appear regularly at Austen Authors.
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The first change is that it is Mary, not Charlotte, who marries Mr. Collins and that she turns out to be rather likeable and intelligent. Another change is that Miss DeBourgh is not the ridiculously insignificant personage that is usually portrayed. But my favorite is that Jane accompanies Lizzy to both Hunsford and the trip with the Gardiners. This made the plot a lot more tightly-woven as is provided Jane's direct involvement in events that happened at both settings. Jane's character, while still sweet and a bit naive, has somewhat more backbone and resolution than her Austen portrayal. Therefore the resolution of her problems with Mr. Bingley is somewhat different. Jane's presence also influences/affects Lizzy's actions and reactions.
On the whole, it is a very enjoyable read and the type of book that, when you reach the end, you wish it had been longer.
1st Star - Helped pass time,
2nd Star - light-hearted and funny,
3rd Star - Followed original pretty closely,
4th Star - Excerpts from original book was done cleverly.
The con of this book is if you do not like paraphrasing from the original text, you may not enjoy this as thoroughly. However, I recommend giving it a try as the author did, what I thought, was a pretty clever twist but still keeping in-character with everyone's personalities.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found it somewhat humorous. It definitely helped pass my time in a pleasant fashion. Can't quite give it 5 stars for super originality - but the 4th star definitely can be attributed to using the original text rather cleverly. Definitely some original and interesting twists as well as re-written scenes of what-ifs. I would say this variation would be one of my favorites for keeping in-line with the classic but making it different enough to keep my interest as opposed to just rehashing the old. This is definitely not one of my favourites as a continuation or as an original-unique story.
Especially enjoyable was the development of Jane's, Mary's and Anne's characters.
It would have gotten 5 stars but for the objection raised by other reviewers: too much of Jane Austen's material word for word. A number of authors have seen fit to do the same, but it is not appreciated. A small amount copied is not a problem, but when large sections are verbatim, it is too much. Variations are supposed to be original writings, at least they should be. Most of the handling of the plot was original, but when I hit the verbatim sections, I feel like I'm reading Austen's Pride and Prejudice. That's not why I bought the book.
I still look forward to Mr. Caldwell's next book.
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