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Mansfield Park Revisited: A Jane Austen Entertainment [NOOK Book]

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In Aiken's sequel to Jane Austen's complex and fascinating novel, after heroine Fanny Price marries Edmund Bertram, they depart for the Caribbean, and Fanny's younger sister Susan moves to Mansfield Park as Lady Bertram's new companion. Surrounded by the familiar cast of characters from Jane Austen's original, and joined by a few charming new characters introduced by the author, Susan finds herself entangled in romance, surprise, scandal, and ...
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Overview

In Aiken's sequel to Jane Austen's complex and fascinating novel, after heroine Fanny Price marries Edmund Bertram, they depart for the Caribbean, and Fanny's younger sister Susan moves to Mansfield Park as Lady Bertram's new companion. Surrounded by the familiar cast of characters from Jane Austen's original, and joined by a few charming new characters introduced by the author, Susan finds herself entangled in romance, surprise, scandal, and redemption.

Aiken's diverting tale gives the reader interesting speculation on how the Crawfords, whose winning personalities were marred by an amoral upbringing, might have turned out, and Jane Austen's morality tale takes new directions with an unexpected and somewhat controversial ending.

"A lovely read-and you don't have to have read Mansfield Park to enjoy it."-Woman's Own

"Her sense of time and place is impeccable."-Publishers Weekly

"An excellent sequel...remarkably effective and very funny."
-Evening Standard

The late Joan Aiken was a scholar and a prolific author of children's books and Jane Austen sequels and continuations. She is the author of Emma Watson which completes Jane Austen's posthumously published fragment The Watsons, and of Eliza's Daughter, a sequel to Sense and Sensibility.

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Publishers Weekly

Author and scholar Aiken (1924-2004), known for her Jane Austen continuations, has imagined a sequel to Mansfield Park that'll satisfy some Austen fans while enraging others. Heroine Fanny Brice has married her cousin Edmund Bertram and decamped for the family's Caribbean plantation, leaving her younger sister, Susan, behind to serve as Lady Bertram's companion at Mansfield Park. Less timid than her sister, but dismissed just the same by her finer relatives, Susan soon encounters the Crawfords, Henry and Mary, a diverting but amoral brother-and-sister pair who had nearly undone the proud Bertram family. Aiken's sympathetic vision of the Crawfords' fate, after their seduction of Fanny and her cousins, may strike a false note for Austen purists, but Aiken ably reproduces the author's traditional plot twists and social comedy, if not her fluid prose or biting satire. (Oct.)

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"Aiken's characters are likeable and stay true to their origins." - ForeWord's This Week

"Aiken manages Austen's style quite nicely and evidently had fun doing so." - A Garden Carried in the Pocket

"All in all I enjoyed the book thoroughly... [Joan Aiken] was a darned good writer and could spin an interesting yarn." - Jane Austen Today

"I can't even begin to enjoy a JA sequel unless the language is right, and Aiken scores top marks for this — I couldn't fault her once. Her characterisation is also astonishingly right." - Harriet Devine's Blog

"A lovely book and one that I found I could not put down and really wanted to finish even though I knew the ending, always a sign of an enjoyable and absorbing read. " - Random Jottings

" I would recommend this to other Jane Austen fans who like having something around the house or in your purse to read off and on as the mood strikes." - The Literate Housewife

"Tthe fact that I finished the book in one day and cared about what happened to the characters proves that, gosh darn it, Mansfield Park Revisited was good." - AustenBlog

"I just LOVED this book. It was delightful and charming. " - Becky's Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402234736
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 694,750
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

The late Joan Aiken was a prolific author of children's books and Jane Austen sequels and continuations. She is the author of Lady Catherine's Necklace, which follows Anne de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Fairfax, a sequel to Emma.
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  • Posted January 23, 2009

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    A classic Mansfield Park sequel without Fanny Price?

    When a book written twenty five years ago is reissued as confidently as Mansfield Park Revisited: A Jane Austen Entertainment by a publisher who specializes in Jane Austen sequels, you hope that it is laudable. Of all of the past sequels to select, (and there are more than a few), why choose one based on Jane Austen's least popular novel Mansfield Park? What has the new author created to make this sequel worthy of resurrection?<BR/><BR/>Published in 1814, Mansfield Park was Jane Austen's third novel and even though I adore it, it has more than its share of nay sayers. There are several reasons why it is a disappointment (to some), but primary objections fall to its heroine Fanny Price, who some feel is weak and insipid and not at all like Austen's other popular heroine's. Author Joan Aiken's solution in her continuation of Mansfield Park is to resume the story four years after the conclusion and to remove Fanny Price almost entirely from the novel by packing her and her husband Edmund Bertram off to Antigua in the first chapter. Fanny's younger sister Susan Price has been brought to the forefront, stepping into Fanny's previous role as poor relation elevated to companion to Lady Bertram now a widow after Sir Thomas Bertram's unexpected death while attending to his business in the West Indies. Susan has matured into an attractive and bright young woman similar to her older sister, but with more spunk, which will please Fanny opponents. Susan holds her own against her cousins the new Sir Thomas Bertram who often thinks she over steps her position and his sister Julia, now the Honorable Mrs. Yates who resides in the neighborhood and upon Susan's back, objecting to her every move. We are also reintroduced to other characters from the original novel: cousin Maria Bertram the scandalous divorcee, Mary Crawford estranged from her feckless fop of a husband and now gravely ill, and her brother Henry Crawford still a bachelor having never found anyone as worthy as his last love, Fanny Price. Aiken also adds a delightful array of new secondary characters to the mix supplying interest and humor.<BR/><BR/>A quick read at 201 pages, Aiken moves the story briskly along with a series of challenging events and resolutions that keep the reader engaged, but sadly never resting to discover personalities or relationships in greater detail. At the conclusion I felt more than a bit deprived of a good love story as Susan comes to the conclusion of whom she truly loves on the last few pages. This style not only mirrors Jane Austen's approach with her hero and heroine's romance in Mansfield Park, but amplifies one of the main objections to the original novel. Despite this flaw, Aiken is by far one of the most talented writers to attempt an Austen sequel and Mansfield Park Revisited truly worthy of resurrection. She has respectfully continued Austen's story by expanding her characters, adapting the language for the modern reader, accurately including the social mantle and believably turning our concerns for the two main antagonists Mary and Henry Crawford at the end of Mansfield Park into sympathies, which given their principles and past bad behavior is quite an accomplishment. Packing Austen's heroine Fanny Price off to another country might seem extreme, but it is sure to please the Fanny bashers and allowed Aiken to develop her own heroine Susan who has enough spirit and resolve for the both of them.<BR/><BR/>Laurel Ann, Austenprose

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Very entertaining!

    Susan seemed to have a little more spirit than Fanny, so that seemed a plus. While the supposed sequal to Mansfield Park seemed to jumble some story lines, the story by itself was very entertaining.

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