Excessively Diverted: The Sequel To Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Excessively Diverted: The Sequel To Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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by Juliette Shapiro

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Excessively Diverted 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
PassionateAustenite More than 1 year ago
A charming sequel, truley Austenesque
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the author came closer than is usual in the sequels to remaining faithful to the characters of Austen's Darcy and Elizabeth (in too many of them, Darcy and Elizabeth are almost unrecognizable...even absent entirely). Lady Catherine and Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are also drawn very true to their originals, and I was very happy to see Mary Bennet brought into the story - none of the others really include her. The author came wonderfully close to P&P's humor, especially in the scenes with Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, and Lady Catherine. I agree that the verbatim use of some of Austen's phrases and the editing were jarring - I like a well done run-on sentence, but it was plain that many were different sentences simply missing .s or ?s. Oddly enough, this seemed to clear up suddenly about halfway into the book. My distractions were three - where did all these other suitors come from? They seemed to drop into the story and be accepted as fiancés and husbands in 2-3 pages, with no lead-up whatsoever! I can't imagine this happening in either Austen world, real or fictional. The rehabilitation of other original characters was equally sudden and even less believable, and Darcy's faithful characterization begins to wobble from his involvement. Finally, I felt having a character pop up toward the end selling the entire plot of a Brontë novel was overly droll and unnecessary. For me the sequels are near to taking on the personalities of P&P characters - the Darcy and Elizabeth of them has not yet been written. Still to go back to the beloved world was enjoyable as always. In future, with a better editor and attention to pacing, I think this author could rise to the top of the sequels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellently written in such a way that mirrors Jane Austen's writing style. The characters are original to Ms. Austen's intentions and I feel this book satisfies those of us who are voracious readers of what happened to Lizzy & Darcy after their wedding. The drawbacks to this book is that it was not edited for grammatical or punctuation errors and also I feel it could have been more in-depth and longer to fully round out the various scenarios. The author was on the right track... and then just before the end it appears the author was in a rush to come up with an ending. Editorial deadlines? Writer's block? It's anybody's guess!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a little cautious about reading this book. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. She stayed true to the real characters and created a interesting storyline. Any true Pride and Prejudice fan should read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As any Jane Austen fan would be, I was a little scared to read a sequel. This book was absolutely great. I had to read it over again before I could put it down. I recommend it to anyone out there who wants to know what happens to Elizabeth and Darcy. It is faithful to the book like no other sequel has been.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book of all time and this sequel really does it justice. It was easy to forget that this is a modern continuation. The author's use of authentic language lent the work credibility and the storyline, especially the ending, was suitably Austen. A fine tribute. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.