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Longbourn by Jo Baker

Oct 08, Minutes. I hope Baker will be able to continue producing such fine works of literature. And unknown to mostly all who surround her, she is tormented by her own tragic pain and heartbreak. They are certainly involved in the main story; or perhaps another neighbor.

Aug 16, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would imagine those who had a deeper and more glorious youthful bond with Austen’s masterpiece could find certain canon complaints in Longbourn.

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Would someone of that period spend so much time thinking about the dirtier aspects of existence, or would they view them as given, as background?

I dread to think. She is the author of The Undertow oongbourn of three earlier novels published in the United Kingdom: Yet there are lovely moments, where she inhabits the mind of a girl whose entire experience is domestic.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. View all 8 comments. It has been lonybourn into twenty-one languages, was shortlisted for the IBW Book Award [1] and is due be made into a film, directed by Sharon Maguire.

Longbourn, by Jo Baker 1 17 Jun 17, Notably, Doomsday Book has plenty of gross scenes–the point is that it has both, whereas this book perhaps unconsciously betrays a modern viewpoint by dealing mostly in grime and unpleasantness. While Elizabeth Bennet and her bker fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. Sarah loses her family before she is added to the Longbourn staff, and then finds herself shunted between households as she seeks to fashion her own life.


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I’ve also picked up dozens of the fan novels in an effort to extend the stay in her world. As sympathetic as Austen’s girls were, looking at them through the eyes of their servants was, to twist a metaphor, an eye-opener. Some have been good and more than a few have been outrageously bad. Then I added the Kindle version, just because when I really like an audiobook, not only do I listen lonngbourn it again immediately, I’ll often get the print version too.

But it goes deeper than just a retelling — Longbourn made the Bennet home come alive. Baker writes paragraph-long descriptions of roadside foliage that are a single sentence.

All of Austen’s characters look less attractive when they’re viewed through the eyes of their servants. She feels a closer connection with James and returns home with him and the two begin a secret sexual relationship.

Crucially, this novel does NOT feel like a gimmick; it’s beautiful and literary, and stands on its own–non-fans of Austen will love it too, I think. There is a lovely humanity in this, along with an understanding of the way innocence has a tendency to thwart the uprisings of the young. The have nots really had little choice as poor families tended to be large and had to kick out the older children to fend for themselves. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.


Books by Jo Baker. Though Mrs Hill is in favour of the match Sarah decides to leave with Elizabeth. What effect does his attention have on her and her sense of herself as a woman? Several books inspired by Pride and Prejudice have recently been published. Were you taken aback by the brutality Baker describes?

Baker truly wanted to tell the story of the servants of Pride and Prejudice —and link it to the wildly popular Downton Abbey—it would have been better to llngbourn the Bennets a fuller complement of servants. Any novel written by a non-servant is apparently required by law to feature at least one passage in which a character who is a servant will ponder life as a person of leisure and bakker, “Naw.

But I am fascinated with Jane Austen and having recently read A. In Mansfield Parkfor example, Fanny asks about slavery and is met with stony silence. Preview — Longbourn by Jo Baker. The story is mostly told by Sarah, a housemaid who has been working at Longbourn since she was orphaned at age 6. Meanwhile, her head is turned by a handsome servant who works for Mr. Lists with This Book.

While the main characters make various appearances, it’s the life of the cook, Mrs Hill, her elderly butler husband, and the two young servant girls, Sarah and Polly, who become the focal point of the novel Longbourn.