I dare to assert, I have
read almost every sequel regarding P&P and it is a pity, but
nessecary to say, that the majority of them are very dissapointing.
(impartial of the fact whether they are occupied with Lizzy and Darcy or Georgiana)
“Conviction” is definitly an exception!
Nevertheless of the choise of Miss Darcy as the leading character, its writer showed oneself sensitive and inventive as well as truthful to their characters, regarding the newlyweds Darcy and Elizabeth.
The demonstration of Georgiana is absolutely felicitious. Her true personality is well captured and her attributes are expressed likewise.
Miss Bingleys notions seemed to be too obvious sometimes, but of course, that is why it was so funny. Primarily there came all these topics and incidents up, which are so typical for P&P sequels, but my doubts regarding the story line dissappeared fast…..
Similary I was exalted about the new established persons. Everyone is a special character of his own and everybody has to undergo a very personal progression.
Absolutely worth to mention is the superb basic knowledge about this time in which the plot takes place and comes to expression through topics like religion, politics or literature.
Another unmistakeable excellence of that novel are its conversations and interpersonal relationships. Skylar Burris has a great gift to sketch development and alteration of sentiments.
With great pleasure I layed down this book on that very low pack of good sequels in my bookchest.
Well done! I am very thankful for this sequel :o)
Written by DavidG (2/20/2006 12:07 a.m.)
I just finished reading the 2004 sequel by Burris to P&P. What a delight to meet a new group of folks who extend and expand our delight with the original story and cast of characters in P&P.
This sequel focuses on Georgiana Darcy. I think the author has created a very credible future for Miss Darcy. We all know her history and the protection she enjoys from her brother. It is easy to enjoy this sequel as the story unfolds without any jarring interjection of some unbelieveable character trait of the original cast.
I also believe this author has read Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife. There are several scenes between the Darcys which tickle our imaginations in light of the voyeurism provided by Berdoll. The author's (Burris) taste and sense of propriety can satisfy the most ardent critic who decries any injection of passion into JA's characters.
Written by Sandra (2/20/2006 7:08 p.m.)
I also read this book and was very pleased with it. I consider it one of the better sequels. I really liked that the author made Darcy an over protected brother when it came to Georgiana's suitors. It fit his charcter so well and also made me laugh. I could see Jane Austen writing Darcy to act that way.
I thought the book was very well done.
Written by MerryK (4/2/2006 11:32 p.m.)
I thought it is by far the best sequel I've read. The characters were very well drawn, especially Jacob Markwood. Being a religious idealist myself, I was glad that he was treated so respectfully. I only saw one parallel to P&P, and that was the title. In P&P, all the characters portray, to some extent, the two faults in the title. The same is true for Conviction; it's subtle, but it's very well done. It made me cry, too, which no sequel has done before.
But I have noticed that more than a few authors that attempt to finish a JA characters story have a tendency to go completely out of their way to create a "climax point" for their novel. I mean to say that they make things way to complicated in order to get a good story.
Whereas JA, had an amazing way of making everyday occurences absolutely spectacular. While I personally think that Georgianna did some things that were not quite the way JA wrote her, it is still not a disaster of a book.
No indecency and still interesting enough. This is not a must read, but it could definitely do the job if you just needed a past time.