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Goodly Creatures: A Pride and Prejudice Deviation Paperback – March 1, 2012
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About the Author
Beth Massey lives in Chicago with her husband of forty plus years. Her first love as child in Chattanooga, Tennessee was the theatre. She spent her youth preparing for a creative life on the stage. A voracious reader, she devoured plays and novels with an eye toward imagining how she would play certain characters. Beth joined the Chattanooga Little Theatre’s youth troupe at age eight. She was awarded a work study scholarship to Monticello College in Godfrey, Illinois in the theatre department. While there, she played numerous roles—from Shaw to Shakespeare. After transferring to Barnard College in New York City as a junior in 1967, she switched her major to literature. But, ‘the times they were a changing.’ She threw herself into the struggle against war, racism and the emerging women’s liberation movement that had broken out all over the United States. One of her first acts of expressing her convictions was to participate in the Columbia University student strike in the spring of 1968. It was during this time, she met her husband Bill. Together the two—first as friends and then as partners—have devoted their lives to political activism. Beth spent her working hours as a payroll manager. In 2008, her job of seventeen years was outsourced. Given a compensation package that allowed her to stay home with an already retired Bill, she embraced the opportunity that working ‘9 to 5’ had made a challenge for most of the years of their marriage. Though Bill’s ability to be active has been curtailed by AMD, COPD and a debilitating essential tremor, his wit and knowledge are as sharp as ever. Ms Massey now spends her days in the company of her well-informed best friend and the two are free to engage in a great deal of conversation. Jane Austen would approve. Beth may have left a life in the theatre behind, but the desire for a creative outlet and a need to sketch the human character is still fervent. Goodly Creatures is the first endeavor of her new found leisure time.
Top Customer Reviews
To begin, I like to support new writers, so I am willing to overlook the odd grammatical/spelling/punctuation error that would be caught by an editor, so long as it doesn't distract from the story. Yes, this one did have a few minor errors, but unlike the majority of self-published authors, she had actually read it before publishing.
Secondly, this author does not do the horrid "head hopping." Yes, we are given multiple points of view, but they are divided into sections. Well done there.
I have seen the other reviews that complained about the use of P&P characters, either that they were used in this traumatic storyline or they were not at all like Darcy and Elizabeth. Although I do not post reviews for them all, I do read most P&P variations, and this is often a problem. Well, it is true here as well - but wait!
From almost the very beginning, I had to throw P&P out the window. Other than names, this book and its characters have nothing to do with it really at all; HOWEVER, I was pulled in by about 4% into it.
Since reading "The Journey," which I enjoyed a great deal, I have come to realize that our beloved Jane Austen has inspired some authors to write really good books, and I don't know if it is devotion to Austen that makes them call their characters Elizabeth and Darcy or it's the only way they think they can sell them. Either way, I think we should support them and just not even think of P&P. I do feel obligated to disclose it to readers, but I hope it will not discourage them.
Now the BIG negative: The Epilogue. It takes up almost 5% of the book! By the paperback count, that's 30 pages! Most of it reads like that chapter in Genesis about who begat whom on and on, but then it has all of these tiny vignettes of a slew of new characters and everything that happened to them and their children. This all should have been set aside to be expanded in a sequel. Or just set aside.
I do recommend this book - but I would advise not to read the EpiLONG. I was intrigued and entertained by the story up until that point, which is more than I can say for several others I have read recently.
Now, friends and family, despise me if you dare, but I do give an honest and fair opinion, and I am not related to any of the authors.
Note to author: $24 for a paperback? Don't plan on selling many of those.
The sexual assault of Lizzie I felt was accurately described, but without being explicit or graphic. Never having been violated like this, I can only think the author followed through with Lizzie's response, her depression, sadness, feelings of no self-worth, etc. very well. The scenes with Darcy, however, I feel missed the mark. I'm sure a woman probably would not enter a loving relationship right after she was raped; but there was absolutely no warmth between Lizzie and Darcy at all, until the very end. It is not as if Darcy was the one who raped her. I am so used to reading and experiencing the passion between Darcy and Lizzie, even unspoken, that these scenes (which happened more often in the latter part of the book) really left me with all the coldness and distance there was between the two.
Having said all this, however, I did like the book. It did send out a social message that was definitely anti-rape and anti-pedophilia. Perhaps it will help bring about a better awareness of the psychological after-effects of these two horrible crimes. As a feminist of some long duration, I have to admire the effort of this author in doing that.
This book took me on a roller coaster ride of all known human emotions. While I love Regency history it has always irked me the way women were treated. The aristocracy seemed to be the worst in the horrible way they treated them. The law at that time looked the other way and it was up to ordinary citizens to seek revenge. I love the way the author handled this.
Some books I read, enjoy and quickly forget. This is one I will always remember and read again.
I have read well over 100 of these type books and this is only the second 5 star I have given.
I paid .99 and it is definitely the best buy I have ever made for a book.
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( Read in May of 2012 )
This is one of the best P & P variations I have read!Read more