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THankfully, Kramer has remedied that with her brilliant take on a supporting character from the original novel. Her prose blends seamlessly with passages of actual Austen, with all the elegance and a welcome touch of knowing narration. Her novel focuses on Mary Crawford, the vivacious and bold neighbor who was a perfect contrast for the dishwater-and-platitudes Fanny in Park. In Parsonage, we follow a character much more realistic and entertaining. Her excellent education is evident in her dialogue, in which Kramer--without being pedantic--gives us a glimpse into the dominant culture and intellectual ideals of Austen's time as illustrated by Mary's nimble and intelligent discourse. Her banter with her brother, the equally brash Henry, reveals so much about them.
Mary is worth the read, for her character alone. Although the storyline itself is an energetic and period-accurate coming of age story brilliant in its own right--I'm there for Mary Crawford.
Mansfield Parsonage is fabulous from the first page. Regency England is gorgeously rendered with rich detail and a vibrantly drawn cast. Author Kyra Kramer delights with her cheeky take on one of Austen's most misunderstood characters. Through sharp observation and a talent for turn of phrase, Kramer polishes Mary Crawford into the bright jewel she truly is. By the end, you'll be wondering why the original wasn't written from her perspective all along. Even more impressive is how Kramer deftly weaves in the politics of the time; heavy topics, such as slavery and poverty, are expertly navigated. We never lose sight of these struggles through the view of characters who live in relative pastoral comfort.
This is Regency Era at its finest. As Miss Crawford would say, Mansfield Parsonage is a true source of felicity!
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In order to fully appreciate this book, I re-read Mansfield Park for the second time after many years.Read more