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S with Pride and Prejudice only Miss Austen was author to than one book Certainly I felt that this anthology achieved what it had book Certainly I felt that this anthology achieved what it had out to do in widening the scope of thinking about Jane Austen but I definitely found some of the stories were effective than othersMy favourite was the first one Jane Austen over the Styx where Miss Austen is put on trial after death by her most unlikeable characters the middle aged women Mrs Norris Lady Russell and Mrs Bennet all et to have their say and Jane is forced to defend herself and her punishment does seem a cruel one Another highly evocative chapter was Second Thoughts featuring that infamous night when the Ultimate Spinster Miss Jane Austen found herself briefly engaged to Mr Bigg Wither As Jane tries to summon up reasons to be happy about the match her fears and doubts mount up until only one option can be possible I also enjoyed The Delaford Ladies Detective Agency although I still think that
to inject a into Jane Austen never has much chance of success as Death Comes To Pemberley proved uite so spectacularly The attempts to modernise Sense and Sensibility via Marianne and Ellie felt effective than Joanna Trollope s effort last year but still lacked a certain something The re tellings set in the modern world were an interesting mix I felt rueful recognition at the precocious child in Cleverclogs who smugly read Austen for the achievement rather than from any true understanding I was nine when I first tackled Pride and Prejudice I also thought that the wartime staging of a theatrical P P had a sweetness to it that reminded me of certain black and white wartime films The narration by the topless model studying literature surprisingly did put some of Austen s observations about womanhood into a modern context this was clearly a competition with very high standards Still I was surprised or perhaps not so surprised by the number of stories which took the idea of rediscovered love as their theme borrowed from Persuasion Is this what we are all secretly longing for To find our way back into the arms of a lover long forgottenI doubt that I will ever seek this book out again but I still felt a respect for what it had set out to do after two hundred years of Janedom to consider her work with a fresh eye So many of her observations on the world still hold true today and yet to the casual observer she is merely the creator of Mr Darcy that writer whose main focus is to marry her heroines off to very rich men True fans know that nothing could be further from the truth that Austen was an ironist that love was not her focus but rather the lives of those she had around her In opening up the field to everyone the editors of this collection attempt to translate Austen s words for a new and fresh audience to prove that these stories are not for the rarified or the costume drama fan To paraphrase Mr Darcy every savage can dance For my full revie. Tselling author of Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith In addition to featuring the winning piece of fiction and nineteen other stories this anthology contains introductions from Sarah Waters as well as from Rebecca Smith the Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, greatreat The Oracles Golem (The Oracle greatreat reat niece of Jane Auste. A ood signThere are some ood ideasTrying To Inject A
here and some interesting connections with Austen but as I said that connection for many ofand some interesting connections with Austen but as I said that connection for many of stories wouldn t really be clear without the author s note explaining their inspiration which appears at the end of each story I think perhaps it might have been useful to have that note on inspiration at the start of each story so that the reader would know where to look for the connections to Austen Some are each story so that the reader would know where to look for the connections to Austen Some are obvious but there are a few that aren t having only the most tenuous connection to AustenThere are a couple of sweet stories Eight Years Laterand Second Fruits both Persuasion retellings are nice and I liked Snowmelt which is inspired by Chawton House Library rather than Austen in particular as well The Delaford Ladies Detective Agency was funny and unusual and One Character in Search of Her Love Story Role was a fun piece of intertextuality that reminded me of the Thursday Next books Jayne was an interesting exploration of Austen s focus on financial security for women and Jane Austen over the Styx which won the short story competition that each story in this volume was an entrant in was well done and captured some of Austen s unpleasant characters very wellThere are only a handful of memorable stories here though the rest sort of fade into the background really which is a pity Perhaps the number of stories should have been reduced to make the book make of an impact I think the title is a bit misleading as well Mr Darcy doesn t have a large presence here I do like that the stories don t just retell Pride and Prejudice but I don t think the calibre of stories is particularly high I have been aware of the Austen in August project for the past few years but have never been able to participate so when I spotted that it had come back round again I wanted to make sure I joined in I am a hard core Austen fan hard core is not an adjective traditionally associated with Austenism but believe me I am I even like Northanger Abbey and apparently that puts me in a minority I do want to reread one of the originals so I can feel I ve truly done Austen in August properly but when I caught sight of Dancing with Mr Darcy in the library my curiousity was piued This is a collection of short stories inspired by Jane Austen or by her home in Chawton with the author Sarah Waters having selected the winning selection As spin offs o it seemed pretty original so despite the plethora of not so amazing books about Jane Austen I decided to The Solitary Self give it aoThis book did have a slightly amateurish feel Sarah Waters explains in her foreword what her criteria were for a winning entry Not only was The Ornaments of Life good writing necessary a hard to uantify term if ever there was one but also a certain way in which they engaged with the source material I found it interesting the way that Waters described the often cartoonish Austen fandom of recent years fixated with Mr Darcy andenerally synonymou. His Chawton House Estate that she had the peace and security to pick up her pen again All of her novels were written or published while she lived thereDancing with Mr Darcy is the very best short fiction inspired by Jane Austen or Chawton House as judged by Sarah Waters bes.
Sarah Waters ☆ 4 charactersDon t let the title fool you I didn t really enjoy any of these short stories Most aren t even based on particular Jane Austen books but on inspirations from those who have been to Chawton House Library I was fully prepared to enjoy this collection of short stories the winning entries from a competition held in 2009 The first one was a disappointment but I kept oing anyway In fact I struggled right on through to the end in the misguided hope that at least one of the pieces in the collection would be worth my time But none of them were Maybe it s because as a devoted fan of Jane Austen I should have known better than to have picked up a book like this in the first placesince she is in a class all by herself Nevertheless I thought that writers who have been inspired by Jane would have been a little fun to read Not so As far as I m concerned the stories in this collection were dull and totally lacking in style wit and originality I doubt and totally lacking in style wit and originality I doubt Jane would have been very impressed I certainly wasn t Sarah Waters foreword of this anthology states a concern that Jane Austen s work is being appropriated by an array of enres including even now sci fi cinema Does this mean that interpreting and embracing the pure themes of Austen seems to be declining Maybe not declining so uickly and we have Dancing with Mr Darcy as evidenceAll that Jane Austen provided for us to ponder and enjoy seems alive and well in this collection of entries in the Chawton House Library short story competition These are a fine mix of thoughtful reminiscent innovative and at all points entertaining The authors who shown brightest here were Elaine Grotefeld Lane Ashfeldt Stephanie Shields Penelope Randall Stephanie Tillotson and Jacui HazellGrotefeld s Eight Years Later any eight years later a Letter And The Male and the male of viewAshfeldt s Snowmelt don t mess with a woman who is fearless of taking her own path but
won t ive up her carton of well loved booksShields The Watershed so relevant for any of us have felt that watershed moment and have never forgotten itRandall s Oxfam Dress although sparked by Lydia s purchase of that ugly bonnet in Meryton it tells of the underdog who wasn t really such an eternal note in Austen s writingTillotson s Second Fruits sensuous story inspired by a lover s jump in PersuasionHazell s The School Trip simple beautiful youthful standing in someone s shoes for a second and realizing our own power needs only a little spaceInspiring Read them all Actual rating 255This collection of 20 stories are all inspired by Austen s life her work or Chawton House Library or the cottage on the Chawton estate where Austen was at her most prolific While they re decent stories for the most part you wouldn t always know they were Austen related without being told and many of them are not that memorable I had to remind myself of several of the stories as I was looking at the contents and that really isn Traumatized by her parents’ decision to Remembering and Repeating give up the rectory in Hampshire where sherew up Austen had been unable to write for ten years During that time she moved from one rented property to another and it was only when her brother Edward offered her a permanent home in.who won t ive up her carton of well loved booksShields The Watershed so relevant for any of us