Paperback - 160 pages (April 2001)
Fireside Books; ISBN: 068487265X
Highly, highly, highly recommended! The S&M scene between Charlotte and Mr. Collins is worth the price of admission on its own. (Charlotte pretends to be TRHLCdB, and makes him her "dog.")
And despite the title, it's never truly *dirty.* Which is to say you
might not read it to your kids, but you'd laugh about with your mother.
I still think its best to leave these topics( in Austen at least) to
To be fair,the Emma section and one of S&S passages(involving
Palmers)was very well done. I'm not a prude
but some things are just not funny,IMHO. Get the book out of the library if you're curious but save your money for something better:)
With the lone exception of the "Persuasion Prequel", I found the scenes to be, at best, distasteful with many downright offensive.
If that is not bad enough, it is full of editorial errors. In the Mansfield Park segment, Edmund becomes Henry then Edmund then Edward and finally back to Edmund again.
Read it if you can get it from the library or if someone gives or lends it to you, but don't waste money on this one!
I agree with you it is awful.It is one of the worst sequels I have read and spoiled scenes in most of austens books for me as well. I would rate this book up with tennants as one of the worst books ever
Terrible! I think it was meant to be funny, but it wasn't even that. The authors probably thought it was a clever idea, but not good enough at all to be published, IMHO.
You can read it if you're curious, but I don't recommend that you purchase it or if you do, get it used. Amazon.com has it, I think.
Written by Mary K.
I haven't read the book, but I read a few pages of it. I was curious once Amazon popped up this title for me while I did a search on "Wentworth" (I was looking for literary criticism, not this!) but anyway, you can get a feel for the book by (I hope I'm clear) click on "Search inside this book" - search for a name (e.g. Darcy, Lydia, whatever). You'll get a list of pages. Click on the page you want to view. You can then read that page, and the next, and maybe one more. This process gave me a glimpse of the book, but I wanted to finish the scene I was reading, so I made a note of the current page I was reading, then I searched the book for a word I guessed would be on the following page (if they're in a town named xz, you could search for xz, for example), clicked on that page, and finished the scene.
Amazon limits the
portion of the book you can read this way, but their limitiation
exceeded the amount I wanted to read. They offer this service to sell
books, and I think it's a great idea, but in this particular case I was
able to tear myself away and avoid a purchase. (How does this stuff get
published, anyway?). Hope I've amused you!
Written by Rae
(2/15/2004 5:06 p.m.)
The husband gave me this recently for my birthday. Not something I would ever have chosen, but a good try on his part. I thought some bits were quite clever - the Henry/Catherine one and and the Charlotte/Mr Collins one, and the Persuasion one I thought was actually quite poignant. The others I do not remember so were probably not that good.
But,ladies, what did you expect from the title? I have not read any of the 'sequels' and they do not interest me, but I do not think this one was intended as a sequel. It was just supposed to be funny and they did signal pretty hard in the title what it was going to be about. :-), :-)