- File Size: 969 KB
- Print Length: 205 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520484712
- Publication Date: January 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N36UJXR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Longbourn Library: A Novel of Pride, Prejudice, and Books Kindle Edition
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Trudy Wallis’s modern take on *Pride and Prejudice* is set mostly in an Idaho library, where Liz (not Bennet) works as a librarian. Nearly all of the principal characters appear, shaken up into different relationships but recognizably themselves. The predictable misunderstandings occur before the couple bonds over books and reading.
There is an exuberance to this novel that endeared it to me and made the reading of it a happy escape. It is a bit rough around the edges—awkward explanations of characters early on, and the book is narrated a bit intrusively in the present tense—but the setting is delightful, and anyone who likes to disappear into books will become attached to the heroine, as I did. The action keeps moving, and many favorite phrases from the original are put to clever use. I was charmed.
Community… whether you live in a big city, metropolis, small town or village; community represents the same thing to all people, that feeling of caring for one another. This library represented community.
I have to tell you… I should award stars for the number of bruised or cracked ribs I received from laughing so hard. This just struck me; I could not help myself. I needed a good laugh.
This author certainly has a way with words. First, kudos for following Austen’s P&P outline so closely. Second, kudos for keeping the characters true to their nature, within reason. And thirdly, for keeping the names similar enough to canon that I could follow the story. Since it was modern day, we had to allow for creative license. Kudos for incorporating the children and the shelter animals. This added heart to the cause of literacy and for adopting shelter pets without standing on a soapbox and shouting.
I also want to give kudos for simply making this so real. I really liked these characters… well, there was Lydia and Wickham. Lydia was just a stupid, spoiled, little rich girl whose selfish self-centered attitude nearly ruined her. Wickham was just a money grubbing sleaze, as usual. OMG!!
The author’s use of language sang to my soul. Her word pictures were a breath of fresh air [unless you were in the country… some of you understand]. As our heroine experienced a plethora of emotions, I felt them all through the author’s words. This Liz was a modern girl with modern sensibilities; however, she was true to her canon character in her thoughts regarding Darcy. This Darcy was exactly the Fitzwilliam Darcy of canon… only he occasionally wore a T-shirt and jeans. Lawd! My blood pressure! Yeah, he sounded delicious even when he was described wearing a suit, oh, help me.
The humor was small town and country… imaging Darcy square dancing [my grandfather was a ‘caller’], driving down the highway behind farm implement [reminded me of the custom wheat harvesters when I lived in Kansas], cows, and barns… etc. Oh My!
This was delightfully clean, funny, and was amazing how the author captured that community feel within the patrons that visited the library. I love this library. In fact, I love a library, period. I always have. I love the smell, the hushed quiet, the wood, the stacks, the books, the atmosphere, even the public computer area… well, there was that one time that was a bit scary. I had to sit on my purse and the guy next to me kept making strange noises and glaring at me, as he searched unemployment sites.
As the reader, we get to experience all the joys and pitfalls of Austen’s canon, but with a modern twist. I was able to follow the story, knew where we were in the outline, where we were going next and yet, was pleasantly surprised in the manner in which the author took us there. Oh, it was delightful.
I must say, I was impressed with the names of books, authors, poetry and prose used in this work. I can only hope it will send people running to Google, Amazon or at least to their library. Only a true bibliophile would understand the emotions and feelings Liz experienced as she described Darcy’s books, the bindings and the edges of the covers. You could feel her love of books as she saw Darcy’s library for the first time. She was drawn like a moth to a flame and she could not help herself. I swooned at the description as she walked toward her destiny. Whew!! There are many excellent reviews out there. I just say, you must read this. I loved it.
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This is an entertaining, humorous, contemporary version of Pride and Prejudice set in a library.Read more