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Longbourn: Jo Baker: : Books

And I’ve seen it done. Perhaps better is not the right word, but fuller: Bennet’s efforts to save his licentious daughter’s reputation while remaining indifferent to the needs of his illegitimate offspring.

Several books inspired by Pride and Prejudice have recently been published.

longbojrn How terribly, terribly unlike what went on in 19th century England! Her work continues – hard labor never at a shortage – though now it is the societal restriction that chafes.

When I started the book, knowing it was about the lives of the servant of Longbourn, I imagined something like this, I think, a plot like the one hidden in Mrs Hill’s past.

T here’s dirty laundry and chilblains on the first page of Longbournsweat and blood on the second. I wanted to adore this book because I’m tired of people talking about how lovely life was in the Regency. I found this to be a beautifully written and well-imagined re-telling of Pride and Prejudice.

Is it possible to have too much candy floss? One paragraph will be from Mrs. Immediately I liked and cared for the servants and I felt for them as they got along and completed their daily tasks that turn my stomach and make me thankful that I live in this century!


We who know Elizabeth, Darcy and Wickham have already colored between those lines and need little in the way of further fleshing out. It’s not about that.

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It is assimilated with the story; it is not heavy handed, and is entirely believable. I have been a huge fan of Jane Austen since the age of 13 and have throughout the years read different authors interesting interpretations on her well beloved stories. But the way things are, I don’t think I’d recommend it.

Not even, in spite of what the author of Longbourn says, any “napkins. That’s how I feel about this book. But the richer and more elite the household, and the more servants there were, the less personal contact there would be between the family and the staff.

Crucially, this novel does NOT feel like a gimmick; it’s ba,er and literary, and stands on its own–non-fans of Austen will love it too, I think. She gave me no reason to. She could see the leaves and branches through her hand; the sun shone straight through her skin. Don’t have a Kindle?

Lines of wisdom that sometimes express views I share, but I certainly do not agree with the line: Servants, after all, know things, and are affected by events, which young women are protected from ever hearing about. It gives an alternative view of the events in Jane Austen ‘s Pride and Prejudicetelling the story from the perspective of the servants at Longbourn, the Bennet family home.

Nov 13, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: I became fascinated by these little flickers of activity: It just seed like the author wants to knock Have you ever thought an author was a good writer, but you didn’t like the story they were telling? While the information does need to be told, this was quite simply the wrong way of doing it.


A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. Thank you for your feedback. We love to read what happens to Elizabeth and Darcy, whether it’s her doughty fight against the undead or how they deal with truly-dead bodies at Pemberley. View all 18 comments. Little has to be done by way of introducing or maintaining this supporting cast, which is what the Bennet femmes et homme and their society neighbors are in this below-stairs account of life at Longbourne.

If so, what does it reflect about his confusion and lack of experience? Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I understand that servants and soldiers had to deal with dirty and s The good: Reflecting the mores of the era, Baker does an excellent job of opening our eyes to how the other half lived. Baker won me over, however, with Longbourn’s enigmatic footman, James Smith. I hesitated for ages. Baker tries too hard to convince us of her commitment to gritty historical realism; her frequent mentions of chamberpots, menstruation, mud, etc.

Because I very much like Jo Baker ‘s prose.

Longbourn by Jo Baker – review

Jane Austen, pride of the phrase-makers. It’s a joy to read, an homage, a tour-de-force. I honestly wish that I hadn’t read this. Jane Austen is like catnip to writers. Stop whining, you whiner!