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The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet's Pride and Prejudice (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 14 gen 2014

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Jennifer Paynter is the author of the plays God’s People, Balancing Act, and When Are We Going to Manly?, the last being nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Award and the NSW Premiere’s Literary Award. Her plays have been produced in Sydney and Canberra and for ABC Radio, and her short story “The Sad Heart of Ruth” is an ABC Bicentennial Award winner. The Sydney Morning Herald hails the Australian edition of The Forgotten Sister as an “impressive literary achievement and a delightful read,” and the Brisbane Courier Mail says it “succeeds in inviting us back into the world of Longbourn and the Bennet family and their preoccupation with marriage, money and social class.” Paynter lives in Australia with her family.

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36 di 36 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Another Point of View 19 gennaio 2014
Di Cassandra - Pubblicato su
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Mary was always my least favorite of the Bennet Sisters, but that has changed with the reading of this work. Anyone who has ever attend a large family dinner knows first hand just how a family's personal history is viewed differently by each member of the family. This is a very good retelling of a well know book(Pride & Prejudice) just from the middle sister, Mary's viewpoint. I enjoyed this book which gave me a bit more of "the rest of the story'!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Very well written and interesting viewpoint for a P&P companion novel 18 gennaio 2014
Di Janie.ohio - Pubblicato su
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First of all, I struggled with what to call this book. I wouldn't really call this a Pride and Prejudice variation, as there is no real variation from the original plot (which to me, is splendid, as the original is of course awesome the way it is). However, it's not a sequel, either, as it takes place before, during, and after the original story. Instead, this novel takes the viewpoint of Mary Bennett from early childhood through shortly after the original novel ends. It really is a companion novel, and compliments P&P wonderfully. It's extremely well written, well edited, and Mary's POV comes through clearly, succinctly, and in a voice that is true to Austen's character.

Mary's story, of course, is at the forefront. This book is told in the first person, and follows her from her childhood at Longborn, through new friendships in Bath and Meryton, and even delves into the world "down under". Her personal journey is an identifiable one, and was well worth my time. What I think is really telling, however, is how well Mary's voice made me reevaluate some, if you'll excuse the term, universally acknowledged truths about the Bennett clan. The reason we all read P&P repeatedly, and look for fan fiction, or read sequels, is because the characters of Elizabeth and Darcy are so enjoyable. However, in watching Elizabeth's actions from Mary's perspective, the author makes you question some of your preconceived notions on Elizabeth, and at times (ok, many times), I really didn't like her! Her actions were no different than Austen's Elizabeth, but this change of POV reminds you that reality is often in the eye of the beholder. Afterall, while Elizabeth may bask in the joy of her close relationships with her sister Jane and her father, how does that effect the rest of the family?

Overall, I found this very enjoyable and a refreshing change on the P&P novels widely distributed on Amazon. If I were able (if Amazon let me do halves), I'd be giving this 4.5 stars instead of 5, simply because there were a few places that I felt things starting to drag a little bit, particularly when the events started overlapping events from the original story. Nothing overly tedious, and these parts were still good, they just made things move a little slower than I like. Still, I was very pleased with Mary's story and was very happy that she found her not-so-traditional happy ending.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Has the right "Austen" tone 30 gennaio 2014
Di Elinor - Pubblicato su
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Jane Austen didn't flesh out the depiction of the middle sister in Pride and Prejudice, using her mostly as a prop. Jennifer Paynter has taken up the task, in a way that feels authentic to this Austen lover. The book begins a few years before Pride and Prejudice and ends a few years after. So the reader knows what is going to happen to the Bennett household. Paynter's Mary Bennett still delivers herself of the most inappropriate and pontifical pronouncements, but Paynter lets us in on Mary's inner self-dialogue and rather than making the reader despise Mary (as one does when reading Pride and Prejudice) we understand and come to like her. Mary finds a husband appropriate to herself, and this tale of how she found him and then made a life with him kept me going to the final page.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Takes risks which pay off 12 giugno 2014
Di V. Jones - Pubblicato su
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The Forgotten Sister focuses on the frequently maligned character of Mary. It's not intended as a sequel so much as a companion to the original book, telling the story through her eyes. While not the best re-telling of Pride and Prejudice I've ever read, it does stand out from the crowd.

First, while many similar authors try to copy Jane Austen's writing style - with varying degrees of success - Paynter has used a first-person perspective and a style that more reminiscent of Jane Eyre. This is a decision that works well, making this very much Mary's story and not her sisters'. Secondly, Paynter doesn't retread the same ground, but expands on the themes that were only brushed on or alluded to in the original, like the class distinctions and Wickham's predatory relationship with young girls.

Paynter does take a few liberties with the Pride and Prejudice storyline that I wasn't overly thrilled with. For instance, Mary's interest in marrying Mr Collins is never brought up or alluded to, and there's a backstory to Lizzie's reaction to Darcy that I feel altered their relationship a little too much. There were flaws in Payton's storyline as well; the romance in particular flowed too easily, with Mary showing just a little too much comfort in crossing the class barriers. For a member of the landed gentry, it seemed unrealistic for her to acknowledge and pursue an attraction to Peter so quickly.

However, I enjoyed more about this novel than I didn't enjoy. Mr and Mrs Bennett's marital strife is fleshed out, as is Mary's poignant resentment and longing at being the fifth wheel among her sisters. I might be biased, but the final chapter regarding Australia might be my favorite and very appropriate for Mary. The colonies back then were for the outcasts and misfits, striking a fitting parallel with Mary's need to build a life away from her family. It was difficult and required sacrifice, but ultimately rewarding.

Overall, I would recommend it to Jane Austen fans who would like to see the old story from a new angle.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Yeah, whatever DID happen to Mary...? 28 gennaio 2014
Di Laura H - Pubblicato su
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Told entirely from Mary's perspective, this story sometimes moves quite slowly. Very well-written, the characters were real to me, as were the locales. We get a view into Mary's life that gives a thoughtful reason for her pedantic behavior. And we watch a curiously satisfying relationship blossom and bear fruit.

Not too soon, but this one will be perused again after a time.