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Posted November 12, 2012
While it is accurate the content of this novel is difficult, it
While it is accurate the content of this novel is difficult, it rings very true. The story is compelling yet sensitively written with nothing graphic. A similar thing happened in Sense and Sensibility to a fifteen-year-old, so I disagree that the plot was not like Austen. It is fashionable among Austenesque literature to make Elizabeth a damsel-in-distress and Darcy a romantic hero who comes to her rescue. IMO that is far removed from anything Austen was trying to say. I liked that Elizabeth and Darcy were not so in Goodly Creatures. They were regular human beings with flaws. She was strong (like the original Elizabeth) with a better reason than in canon to cling to her prejudices--though as a reader I knew she needed to throw them over if she was to heal. He was a rigidly good man (like the original Fitzwilliam) who felt compassion and struggled to see the truth, though convential wisdom said he should not bother. I believed their attempts to change and worried when they had trouble seeing through their misunderstandings much as I did when I read the original. Pride and Prejudice was never so much about romance to me, as it was about two humans with the very best motive to improve--attraction, affection, respect--in other words love. I felt that was what Goodly Creatures was all about and I enjoyed it. I loved that 'the letter' was from Elizabeth to Darcy--so many of the words and phrases were Austen's but they took on such different meanings.
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Posted September 16, 2012
I loved Goodly Creatures and had trouble putting it down to go to sleep each night. I enjoyed how Elizabeth and Will's relationship progressed and was VERY happy about the final outcome. I am always so impressed when I read a well written book and marvel at the talent it takes to write one. Well done!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2012
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