Longbourn

    • 4.1 • 205 Ratings
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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice.

While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen’s classic, here Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England and, in doing so, uncovers the real world of the novel that has captivated readers’ hearts around the world for generations.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
October 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Perky too ,

Longbourn

This is a slow-moving story built around the "downstairs" people. You need to be patient while reading as nothing very much happens during most of the first half of the book. It is, however, interesting reading about the daily lives & duties of these hard working characters & you do get to know their personalities along the way. Plot development is slow, but the writing is descriptive and fascinating. It's a good read as long as you don't expect a lot of drama.

Colleen in Wisconsin ,

Fascinating

I loved seeing inside the Bennet household from the viewpoint of the house staff. The book was meticulously researched to reflect accurately the details of the period. I will never again read Austen without thinking about all those others lurking in the wings but not on stage.

Susan Perry ,

Shame on Baker

Ms. Baker made a great deal of money off of Jane Austin. It is as of she either did not read Pride and Prejudice or has no respect for Austin's characters. Elizabeth becomes superficial and weak, Mr. Bennett is distracted with affairs rather than books, and Mrs. Bennett abuses Laudanum for so many years that she would have become an addict or overdosed. I am shocked this book received any positive notices or respect.

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