• Longbourn
  • Longbourn
  • Longbourn
ISBN: 0345806972
EAN13: 9780345806970
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 17, 2014
Pages: 331
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 7.95" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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- Pride and Prejudice was only half the story -

If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she'd most likely be a sight more careful with them.

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants' hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen's classic--into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars--and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.

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   Interesting POV from servant, lukewarm romance
Another re- telling of a favorite story, this time from the point of view of a servant. The author didn't create a sense of passion or interest for me between the 2 main characters, but she did create an attraction between the main character and the neighbor. If you' re creating a re- telling of Pride and Prejudice, shouldn't you stick to the centuries ideals, morals, etc? She also takes liberties with one of the characters in a 21 st century fashion that Jane Austen would most likely not have taken. I get to decide the rules of what's in and what's out in my reading life.
   Point of View
The idea of taking a well loved novel and changing the point of view to that of the servants was very creative. The author embellished the action to show other imagined events after extending the time period. I skimmed the chapter on James. It was crude language for a book that was related to Austen. I enjoyed the drama about Sarah, Mrs. Hill, and Polly. The character traits of Wickham and Elizabeth aren't improved by this novel. Mrs. Hill was a lover of Mr. Bennett. Lydia was only 16 years old at the time of Wickham's involvement with Polly. We were spared this detail of Wickham's character. To do what to further the plot after all the raciness and homosexual and racial angles are added? To make contemporary progressive the plot? These devices aren't my cup of tea.
   Backstairs at Pride & Prejudice
I am not a fan of books based on other books, but this behind- the- scenes servants' view is something else entirely. When it intersects with their story, it's not PandP. The author was careful to make sure that her actions were in line with those in PandP, so there is nothing odd about the two stories. Mr. Collins is different because he appreciates what the servants do and they don't cringe when he speaks. If you' ve never read the original Pride and Prejudice, this book will do no harm to your enjoyment, as it is a wonderful read in its own right.
   Big disappointment
I was disappointed by the tone of the book and threw it away. It's!