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Sense & sensibility, Joanna Trollope

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Sense & sensibility
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Sense & sensibility
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Joanna Trollope
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Sense and sensibility
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eng
Summary
A modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic follows the Dashwood sisters--Elinor, Marianne and Margaret--as they, after the death of their father, must come to terms with the cruelties of life without the status of their country house, the protection of the family name or the comfort of an inheritance
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  • Brit author Trollope brings Austen's classic into the new millennium, with mixed results. After Henry Dashwood dies, the Dashwood sisters and their mother are given a house by kindly rich relatives John and Mary Middleton, while the estate that was the Dashwood home passes to the sisters' henpecked half-brother John and his status-conscious wife Fanny. Elinor, the responsible eldest Dashwood sister, is smitten with Fanny's brother Edward Ferrars, though she hasn't heard from him since the move, and he, unbeknownst to her, has been dating the daffy Lucy Steele. Delicate, dramatic, and gorgeous, middle sister Marianne falls for eye-candy John "Wills" Willoughby, though he treads on her heart by publicly rejecting her. All this is conveyed in formal prose with equally stiff dialogue, which makes Trollope's offhand mentions of laptops and Range Rovers somewhat jarring. And yet, Trollope's faithfulness to the tropes of this story keep her from letting the plot jibe with the modern world, though she does wink at that: "You're like those nineteenth-century novels where marriage is the only career option for a middle-class girl." The book's resolution for Marianne seems especially unlikely in this era, and could have benefitted from a more malleable adaptation. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Agency. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed June 10, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 23, p)
  • Right now reboots are all the rage, what with Shakespeare in California kitchens (Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing) and Superman sans his red trunks (Man of Steel). Now it's Jane Austen's turn. In the first in a projected series in which Austen's novels will be updated by contemporary authors, Trollope is a good (and bankable) choice to lead off. With almost 20 novels to her credit, she certainly outdistances our Jane, at least in terms of quantity, and her satires on British society have invited comparison with Austen in the past. Trollope's take on Austen's Sense and Sensibility hews closely to the original plot, with some characters, e.g., youngest sister Margaret, blossoming in the retelling. While some equivalents (the gift of a horse becomes the gift of a motor car) seem almost too pat, the satire directed at these Thames Valley girls (at one point Elinor huffily defriends Edward Ferrars) and their elders largely hits the sweet spot. VERDICT This will more than satisfy Trollope fans as well as most Austen devotees; with its sprightly mix of the old and new told in streamlined prose (most of the paragraphs might be tweeted), this twice-told tale highlights the issue of what has changed in 200 years, and what has remained constant.— Bob Lunn, Kansas City, MO --Bob Lunn (Reviewed August 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 14, p86)
  • Six best-selling modern writers were commissioned by the Austen Project to update the classic novels. Matchless chronicler of Middle England Trollope (Daughters in Law, 2011, etc.) was paired with Sense & Sensibility, which now morphs into upmarket chick-lit. Austen fans will be familiar with the story of the Dashwood girls--sensible Elinor, beautiful Marianne and young, spirited Margaret--who, with their mother, are cruelly cast out of the family mansion when their father dies. Trollope adds interior-design values to Austen's preoccupations--sex, money and class--by pitting the Dashwoods' shabby-chic taste (faded damask curtains; pretty but chipped china) against the stripped-down, inappropriately modern style of the thoughtless cousins who evict them. Taken in by another wealthy cousin with another decaying mansion, they move to a modern house on his estate--oh, the suffering. Trollope offers occasional flashes of Austen-esque wit, but more often, her writing, though immensely experienced, lacks the grace of the original. Without it, the girls and their misadventures in pursuit of romance and financial security seem less subtle and charming, more foolish and conventional. Marianne falls for a rotter instead of solid Col. Brandon; Elinor "ha[s] feelings for" nice-but-weak Ed, who seems to get engaged to someone else. Their various happy endings bring neatness but less joy than Austen's. A questionable remake of a classic, honorably undertaken, but coarser and less comic than the original--unsurprisingly.(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2013)
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10221844
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Trollope, Joanna
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6070.R57
LC item number
S45 2013
Literary form
novels
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1775-1817
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Austen, Jane
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  • Sisters
  • Social classes
  • Cousins
  • Inheritance and succession
  • England
  • Chick lit
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adult
Label
Sense & sensibility, Joanna Trollope
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Publication
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A contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and sensibility
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
362 pages
Isbn
9780062200471
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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Imprint varies.
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  • 827260097
  • (OCoLC)827260097
Label
Sense & sensibility, Joanna Trollope
Publication
Note
A contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and sensibility
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
362 pages
Isbn
9780062200471
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Imprint varies.
System control number
  • 827260097
  • (OCoLC)827260097

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