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The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de…

The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh (A Pride and Prejudice… (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Molly Greeley (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh (A Pride and Prejudice Novel)
Kirjailijat:Molly Greeley (Tekijä)
Info:William Morrow (2021), 368 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):*****

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näyttää 5/5
Not being a fan of Pride and Prejudice - shock horror! - my limited knowledge of Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine's sickly daughter and Darcy's cousin, comes from Rosamund Stephen's silent, bespectacled portrayal in the 2005 film adaptation. I'm not really sure why I wanted to read this continuation about Anne's life after Darcy and Lizzie's meeting at Rosings, but I'm glad I did!

And because I was ill, nothing ever changed in my life from year to year, and so I had nothing to talk about.

I really enjoyed Anne's narration in Molly Greeley's sequel. First person narration can sound clumsy and unnatural when forced on a bland character but Anne's voice is wonderfully lyrical and thoughtful:

My breast filled with affection for the ivy: its rustling three-pronged leaves, its apparent stillness and inexorable creep. And at the same time, I was sometimes punched by sympathy for the tree, for, just as inexorably, it was being smothered.

The author doesn't try to ape Austen, which I appreciated, and creates instead almost her own world inhabited by characters with familiar names.

I also loved the back story explaining Anne's delicate health in Pride and Prejudice - dosed on laudanum since she was a colicky baby, Anne is an addict by the time we meet her at Rosings, and her mother Lady Catherine almost guilty of Munchausen's by proxy! Shocking but also believable and more dramatic than a mere nervous complaint or leaving her as a frail, fainting maiden. Her path to recovery is also well done, and I loved the emphasis on Anne's inheritance of Rosings and the way the house gives her strength.

The romantic subplot also felt natural to me, if a little reminiscent of Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner. Turning Anne into Gentleman Jack might appal some Austenites - like the reviewer who announced that she deleted her copy after a kiss! - but I feel there is too much heteronormativity in Austen sequels and welcome a different view.

The middle section of the book in London could have been shortened - whole years fly by in a chapter and then interminable drawing room scenes drag on forever - and there a few anachronisms and Americanisms but overall this was a delightful sequel! ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Jun 16, 2021 |
So let me just preface this by saying I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I know very little of its characters and storyline. Considering this is well outside the genres I usually cover, I really enjoyed this story. So many interesting elements to the life of Anne De Bough. We aren’t really told when she lived, but it had to have been in the 17-18 hundreds just based on the descriptions in the book. Anne is definitely a woman born in the wrong century. Born as the only child to wealthy estate owners, a fragile Anne, spends all her young life held under the influence of Laudanum. It takes her 29 years to realize she really doesn’t need it, and she can have a life without it. It is then that she begins actually living. There are a lot progressive elements to this tale and it is well written, and I felt easy to read. Sometimes I have found that old timey tales can be difficult to understand because the words are so different at that time, but this flowed really well. A worthwhile historical tale of one woman’s attempt to find her own path. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | Apr 16, 2021 |
4 stars

I never really imagined anything about Anne de Bourgh's life since she always seemed fairly inconsequential to the overall Pride and Prejudice storyline. However, the idea that there could even be a back story of her life made me curious enough to read The Heiress.

Anne's character arc felt realistic considering her portrayal in P&P. About halfway through the book, I sensed that it was heading in an unexpected direction. I won't give any spoilers, since it's not mentioned in the synopsis, but I will just say that it felt right for Anne and made the book even more enjoyable as I could not have predicted it going into reading it.

I do think that it went on a bit longer than necessary. My interest faded in the last few chapters, but I had enjoyed it so very much until then, that I stuck with it. I hope we can look forward to more P&P spinoffs from Molly! ( )
  DanaManiac | Apr 5, 2021 |
Anne de Bourgh was the woman Mr. Darcy was promised to when he elected to wed Elizabeth Bennet instead and this novel is her story. Anne is the heiress to a wealthy estate only slightly less impressive than Pemberley and the only daughter of the overbearing Lady Catherine. Considered a sickly child, Anne lives for years in an opium-induced haze until she decides to take her fate into her own hands. I loved this story of a woman discovering who she is and making her own path and finding her own happiness, especially with a romance unconventional for the era. I enjoyed the references to well-known Pride and Prejudice characters, but this novel is very much its own tale and asserts its independence from that classic story, just like its heroine. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Jan 24, 2021 |
Another take on Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and I love it! Anne de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy’s intended is brought out from the shadows. Her mother fears for her health and keeps Anne drowsy with laudanum. Catherine, Anne’s mother is domineering yet one day Anne manages to forgo the laudanum and travel to London, as near to normal life as she can get. It is well-written, does a good job with Austen’s voice in writing and provides some backstory. ( )
  brangwinn | Jan 5, 2021 |
näyttää 5/5
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