Posted by Caroline on August 24, 1998 at 19:14:31:
In response to Would love your opinions on "Desire and Duty", written by Cyndie on August 24, 1998 at 12:45:14
I agree with everything you say about it , every thing...except the last....it did NOT make me laugh. I'll go one further and say the for all those 'historical notes' at the back, they didn't stick to the 'facts' that JA let us have, they deliberately went against her intentions at some points, they really should have done some decent research about the local geography and geology,ditto on the protocols and history of the time,'cos is sure ain't Derbyshire 1810ish they are talking about,they don't follow the guidelines they set out for themselves regarding use of language, there was absolutely no reason to put their own names and their own family history into it,and, and , and, ......Linda, I've not written you a review because I cannot think of one thing good to say about it!
If it was an ordinary historical novel it would have been rejected as a total bore. It has none of JA's lightheartedness, certainly none of her wit and humour,does not respect the structure she built, doesn't tell us anything worthwhile,has a plot more suited to a victorian textbook than an Austen novel, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!
- A great big AMEN, Caroline! (I was trying to be nice ) NFM Cyndie 23:00:37 8/24/98 (0)
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