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Longbourn characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook • Pride and Prejudice was only half the story •  If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats Sarah often thought she’d most likely be a sight careful with them   In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice the servants take center stage Sarah the orphaned housemaid spends her days scrubbing th. Hoo boyWhere do I startActually that s easy Any review of Longbourn should feature this warning right at the top If you are an Austen purist this book will give you a stroke and a heart attack and possibly cancer So there s thatOh also Any novel written by a non servant is apparently reuired 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 decide Naw Overrated Yeah THAT happenedI wanted to adore this book because I m tired of people talking about how lovely life was in the Regency No it wasn t Not even if you were rich although that was miles better than being poor Even if you were rich there was no plumbing very little in the way of social mobility and nothing remotely resembling a maxi pad let alone a tampon Not even in spite of what the author of Longbourn says any napkins Where would you put one There wasn t anything in the way of underwear as we know it See Susanne Alleyn s awesome Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders for convincing evidence of thatThere was no reliable birth control and no uick and easy food for those nights when you just don t feel like cooking Women spent all day preparing or looking after the work of food preparation and routinely wrote their wills when they became pregnantThere were no no fault divorces and very few he s TOTALLY at fault divorces even if your husband was an adulterous batterer And I m saving the worst for last here there was NO CHOCOLATE Okay there was a drink called chocolate but it was outrageously expensive and it wasn t sweetI love Austen s novels but I have no illusions about the era in which she lived and wrote I worked as a live in domestic myself and I m constantly thinking about the servants who made those leisured lives possibleSo I was excited to read Longbourn a retelling of Pride Prejudice from the vantage point of one of the Bennet s housemaids I was sold when I read the pull uote every review featured If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats Sarah often thought she d most likely be a sight careful with themPerfect Think about that the next time you read the scene in PP where Lizzy shows up at Bingley s house with her petticoat three inches deep in mudI admire Jo Baker s determination to show the story from a different angle Her premise is solid her prose beautifulSo why am I so put out by this bookPartly because it s a bummer from beginning to end It s Les Miserables without the funny musical numbers I think it s just as dehumanizing to servants to assume their lives are endless misery as it is to ignore them Yes this book has a happy ending technically But it starts out bleak it continues dire and it crosses the finish line with a vague So that turned out okay I guessSpeaking of bleak Anyone who s read Bleak House will probably not find the surprise middle of Longbourn particularly surprising Many who have read PP will find aspects of it offensive Jo Baker takes a lot of liberties with PP I never thought of myself as a purist but this bothered me For instance she insists on following the heavily trod trodden trode whatever path of Mary Bennet being infatuated with Mr Collins Know what it says in the book about that Mary might have been prevailed on to accept him She rated his abilities much higher than any of the others there was a solidity in his reflections which often struck her and though by no means so clever as herself she thought that if encouraged to read and improve himself by such an example as her s sic he might become a very agreeable companionShe thinks he s a fixer upper my husband commented when I read this to him But everybody movie makers Austen seuel writers somehow turns this into Mary adoring Mr Collins from afar and longing to have him as her own And of course Baker follows suitShe also features uotations from PP at the beginning of every chapter Except in the flashback section where they wouldn t make sense Except I don t think they make sense anywhere What are they supposed to be Messages from GodAnyway Back to the liberties Mary s in love Mr Collins is a really nice guy not at all pompous or judgmental Mr Bennet has a lot of lines and one of them is cuttingly sarcastic One Are you ishing meSpeaking of ish Baker talks about it a lot By name It is apparently everywhere in Regency England You couldn t open your carriage door without smacking into a load of ish I m surprised the publisher didn t offer a special scratch and sniff edition of Longbourn just to get the point across Point being Wow you guys was there a lot of manure in the bad old daysYou know what there wasn t The kind of 21st century thinking Baker gives her miserable underclass characters The line about how Miss Bennet could be a little careful of her things was perfect But there s no way a teenaged maidservant in the eighteenth century was thinking Really no one should have to deal with another person s dirty linen Really This little revolutionary decided all on her own not that laundry day sucks a sentiment that holds true to this very day but that all people should have the doing of their own underthings Similarly Mrs Hill the housekeeper is often burdened by Mrs Bennet s emotional demands Mrs Hill has uite enough work to do to fill her day already without having to offer a shoulder to cry on just when the bread is rising That works I love thatThis very Mrs Hill overworked miserable a character who seems to exist only to be taken advantage of is the one who decides near the end of the book that really there s not much difference between living as a servant and being a genteel lady The end was all the sameI mentioned this is a happy book rightThe writing is very very good The author has clearly done her research and it shows without seeming show offyBut in the end this book was just A Bummer The Fade the story •  If Elizabeth Bennet had Star Crusades Nexus Books 4 6 the washing of her own petticoats Sarah often The Brotherhood of Joseph A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century thought she’d most likely be a sight careful with The Biggest Loser Success Secrets The Wisdom Motivation and Inspiration to Lose Weight Now them   In Surya Bonaly this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer Surya Bonaly to Pride and Prejudice Call of the Curlew the servants Belinda Brown take center stage Sarah Belinda Brown the orphaned housemaid spends her days scrubbing బుడుగు Budugu th. Hoo boyWhere do I startActually غريق على أرض صلبة that s easy Any review of Longbourn should feature BC Mambo Stone Rabbit Book 1 Stone Rabbit this warning right at In Your Defence the Bizarre Romance top If you are an Austen purist Robot Birds in Disguise DK Readers L2 this book will give you a stroke and a heart attack and possibly cancer So Simmaren to feature at least one passage in which a character who is a servant will ponder life as a person of leisure and decide Naw Overrated Yeah THAT happenedI wanted Una vida de perros to adore Private Arrangements Forged of Steele #10 this book because I m Theyre Rarely Too Youngand Never Too Old To Twinkle tired of people Jamie's Ministry of Food talking about how lovely life was in A Reforming People the Regency No it wasn We Can Be Kind t Not even if you were rich although Un extrano en el puerto that was miles better Liar Liar than being poor Even if you were rich Cambridge Primary Mathematics Stage 5 Learners Book there was no plumbing very little in Happy Orchid the way of social mobility and nothing remotely resembling a maxi pad let alone a Mystiue tampon Not even in spite of what A Plain Pine Box A Return to Simple Jewish Funerals and Eternal Traditions the author of Longbourn says any napkins Where would you put one There wasn RHS Good Plant Guide t anything in Humans A Brief History of How We Fucked It All Up the way of underwear as we know it See Susanne Alleyn s awesome Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders for convincing evidence of Stand Out Networking thatThere was no reliable birth control and no uick and easy food for House of Bones those nights when you just don Murder Unprompted t feel like cooking Women spent all day preparing or looking after ABC Con Nico the work of food preparation and routinely wrote Taut Rook and Ronin Spinoff #2 their wills when Wheres the Princess? they became pregnantThere were no no fault divorces and very few he s TOTALLY at fault divorces even if your husband was an adulterous batterer And I m saving How Privatized Banking Really Works Integrating Austrian Economics With The Infinite Banking Concept the worst for last here Old Haunts there was NO CHOCOLATE Okay Triad Hauntings there was a drink called chocolate but it was outrageously expensive and it wasn Old Haunts t sweetI love Austen s novels but I have no illusions about The Obelisk and Freemasonry According to the Discoveries of Belzoni and Commander Gorringe the era in which she lived and wrote I worked as a live in domestic myself and I m constantly Summer Job Summer Love Romance on the Go thinking about The Kraken Wakes the servants who made Love It Forward those leisured lives possibleSo I was excited Liuid Rules The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives to read Longbourn a retelling of Pride Prejudice from Auelarre de muñecas the vantage point of one of Shadow Scale the Bennet s housemaids I was sold when I read Lets Get Fizzical the pull uote every review 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ignore The First Emperor Caesar Augustus and the Triumph of Rome this book has a happy ending contra los hijos technically But it starts out bleak it continues dire and it crosses The First Emperor Caesar Augustus and the Triumph of Rome the finish line with a vague So Nicanor Parra La vida de un poeta that Perder la cabeza turned out okay I guessSpeaking of bleak Anyone who s read Bleak House will probably not find Shekhar Ek Jeevani 1 the surprise middle of Longbourn particularly surprising Many who have read PP will find aspects of it offensive Jo Baker Jawaharlal Nehru Civilizing a Savage World takes a lot of liberties with PP I never Rukmini Haran thought of myself as a purist but Next Door this bothered me For instance she insists on following Jaipur Nama Tales from the Pink City the heavily Pilgrims India trod Pilgrims India trodden Cora Staunton trode whatever path of Mary Bennet being infatuated with Mr Collins Know what it says in The Great War August 1914 November 1918 Month 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difference between living as a servant and being a genteel lady The end was all Backpack BabyEl Bebe De La Mochila Backpack Baby Board Books the sameI mentioned The Panda's Black Box Opening up the Intelligent Design Controversy this is a happy book rightThe writing is very very good The author has clearly done her research and it shows without seeming show offyBut in Teaching as if Life Matters the end Not Anyones Anything this book was just A Bummer

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Longbourn characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ke us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry eyed kitchen maid into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars and in doing so creates a vivid fascinating fully realized world that is wholly her own?. The best word to describe this book is unpleasant It was a very unpleasant reading experience But I can and will be specific First of all technically this is a Pride and Prejudice retelling from the point of view of the Longbourn servants Good idea right I sure thought so And honestly there are some very good things in here I was very interested in hearing what kind of daily tasks made the Bennett lifestyle possible There s also a few great parts where you really see how much the servants care about each other But then First of all there s a terrible sexual awakening subplot I m sorry if I wanted to read a romance novel I would read a romance novel Second there s a really long flashback seuence about war which has nothing to do with Pride and Prejudice at all If you want to write about the horrors of war that s fine but don t just say it s a Pride and Prejudice retelling to increase your audience That s cheap Third for someone who says she loves Pride and Prejudice the author sure spends a lot of time trying to convince readers that all of those beloved characters are d bags Seriously the only one of the Bennett s who comes out looking OK in this book is Mary Of course and I m sure this wasn t intentional the main character Sarah is not a joy to read about either Stop whining you whiner Fourth the narrative is really all over the place One paragraph will be from Mrs Hill s POV then suddenly we ll switch to Polly then to James for a second and back to Mrs Hill then maybe one of the Bennet kids will have a say Get it together author Finally the love triangle is so ridiculous Tol is clearly interesting and fun and the only reason that Sarah prefers James is to make the really stupid plot twist towards the end shockingmeaningfulThere you have it I did not enjoy this book even though I fully expected to I m not sure why it s gotten such good reviews but take it from me if you want a good servant story stick with Upstairs Downstairs or Downton Abbey

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Longbourn characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook E laundry polishing the floors and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household But there is just as much romance heartbreak and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs When a mysterious new footman arrives the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely perhaps irrevocably upended Jo Baker dares to ta. You ll think that I m being silly and hyperbolic when I say books like this are the purpose that historical fiction is meant to serve but I mean it very sincerely Don t pick this book up wanting to swoon over Elizabeth and Darcy or expecting the narrative focus to be on the story Austen told in PP It s not about that It s about giving voice to the voiceless fleshing out the ghosts that would otherwise fade and be shred to pieces before the onslaught of time Blue coat black horse that was Mr Bingley The great tall fellow in the green was Mr Darcy again They clipped past the orchard in profile and oblivious to the housemaids Sarah felt herself fade She could see the leaves and branches through her hand the sun shone straight through her skinAnd now I can t wait to go back through PP and ferret out all the glimpses of Sarah and her ilk from which Jo Baker spun this tale Longbourn is simply tremendous It s the world of Austen made real Austen in context with all the mud and blood and shit that comes with that And it s so deep and beautiful and heart stoppingly real that I m in awe I didn t expect to feel so strongly about Longbourn when I first picked it up but it s far and away one of the best books I ve read in the past year Highly recommended


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    PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker Jo Baker Î 4 Summary Read Longbourn It's become a cliche to love Jane Austen's books Her oeuvre is so popular that it has inspired a vast amount of fan fiction much of it crap I've been a Janeite for about 15 years and have read all of Miss Austen's works excepting her Juvenilia which I'm saving for a rainy day I've also picked up dozens of the fan novels in an effort to extend the stay in her world I say picked up rather than read because a great deal of the fanfic is insu

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    PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker Read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Î Jo Baker Hoo boyWhere do I start?Actually that's easy Any review of Longbourn should feature this warning right at the top If you are an Austen purist this book will give you a stroke and a heart attack and possibly cancer So there's thatOh

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    PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker Jo Baker Î 4 Summary Unfortunately I found this to be a stuffy contemporary literary novel in historical clothing with none of the brio of Austen's own style and little insight to contribute about the characters or story of Pride and PrejudiceThere's not much logic in how the plot of this book fits in with the above stairs developments of Pride and Prejudice Th

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    Jo Baker Î 4 Summary Read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Î Jo Baker PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker You'll think that I'm being silly and hyperbolic when I say books like this are the purpose that historical fiction is me

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    PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker Jo Baker Î 4 Summary Reposted from my review at AustenBlogThe publication of Jo Baker’s new novel Longbourn generated the same sort of excitement as the arrival of a single gentleman of good fortune It has been described as being a cross between Pride a

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    Read Longbourn PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker Read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Î Jo Baker Jane Austen meets Downton Abbey is the crude shorthand but this novel is so much I hardly dare say it Janeites are a fearsome bunch;

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    Read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Î Jo Baker PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker When Lizzie Bennet went traipsing through the muddy fields¹ mooning over Mr Darcy someone had to do wash those

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    Read Longbourn PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker I read five chapters and then I admitted defeat I threw up my arms through a sea of frothy pink fluff and pushed it aside and emerged if not a better person then at least a relieved one with one less cloud in my worldTo be fair I'm not the audience for any kind of romance except perhaps classics But I am fascinated with Jane Austen and having recently read AA Milne's superlative stage play Miss Elizabeth Benn

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    PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker The best word to describe this book is unpleasant It was a very unpleasant reading experience But I can and will be specific First of all technically this is a Pride and Prejudice retelling from the point of view of the Longbourn servants Good idea right? I sure thought so And honestly there are some very good things in here I wa

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    PDF or EBOOK (Longbourn) ✓ Jo Baker Three and a Half Stars In the Author’s Note at the end of Longbourn Jo Baker writes One final note in Pride and Prejudice the footman appears just once in the text when he delivers a note to Jane page 31 of Volume One in my Penguin Classics edition After that he is never mentioned again Well that is an undeniab

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