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The Watsons Paperback – May 14, 2016
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One of England s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen s request, her personal correspondence after Austen s death in 1817. Austen s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
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And, BTW, all true Austen fans should try some of the Stephanie Barron look-a-like books. She has Austen down pat, with some very entertaining twists.
The continuation by Another, however, is functional at best. It lacks sparkle; the language and the evocation of social milieu do not ring true; and many well-drawn characters, notably Tom Musgrave, transform beyond recognition. Other characters lose their nuance, becoming either all good or all bad. All of this surprises me because Another was a Jane Austen scholar who ought to have been better equipped than most continuators to avoid these pitfalls.
Jane Austen's own writing here (chapters 1 to 5) is Austen at her best, and deserves to be read. Readers will be disappointed, however, if they do more than skim the remainder of the book.