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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:14 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

The edition I'm reading is one containing only what Austen wrote, which I'm sure is preferable. It occurred to me while reading today that someone - perhaps several people - must have written a completion of the book, but I can't imagine such a thing being satisfactory.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always a mistake for another writer to finish an unfinished book, especially someone from a different era, and even more particularly when the original author is someone of the level of genius of Jane Austen!  I read Sanditon 30 years ago, but can remember very little about it...must read it again.


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Claire Fifi



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:21 pm    Post subject: Sanditon Reply with quote

I have never read this as I always imagined it would be a disappointment without the "real" conclusion.  Would you recommend it?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, my small number of thoughts on the 'authentic' one are here: http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org/sutra22250.php&highlight=#22250. Far preferable to read what Austen wrote than someone else's cack-handed attempts to complete it. Even a talented mimic wouldn't be able to match her. As long as you bear in mind nothing will be resolved, it's enormously enjoyable.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that.

I must admit that for similar reasons I had avoided "The Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys..thinking it would fail to please.  How wrong I was!!



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Claire Fifi wrote:
I have just finished reading "The Wilding" by Maria McCann - a fantastic historical page-turner and some lovely facts about cider making thrown in!


Welcome Claire & Fran,

Your comments about The Wilding reminded me that I think I have bought it, but can I remember where I put it??   Confused  Same with Christmas presents for other people which I stuff into "safe" hidey holes.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm struggling to settle to anything at the moment, having been through a really good reading spell.  Am even tired of Alexander McCall Smith!  Though that may just be like eating to much chocolate, seems great until you realise you can't eat any more.  I have plenty of books to choose from, just need to find the right thing!  Frustrating, as I would love to spend an hour reading just now.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been in a reading doldrums for months, and in November didn't read anything due to NaNoWriMo (and before November was mostly reading books about writing to prepare for it). I currently don't have the energy to tackle anything too demanding, so have picked up CJ Sansom's "Heartstone". I'm about halfway through and enjoying it so far. It seems a little subtler than his previous Shardlake books, perhaps not so page-turnery, but more interesting. The prose seems more polished as well - though perhaps a month of hammering out my own shoddy first draft has lowered my standards!  Wink



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Caro



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if that's partly due to too much choice, Evie.  Or just modern lack of lack of concentration.  I have time to read, but I don't much.  I look at my messageboards and then I play some computer games and then I have coffee and check my boards.  And then I should read my book, but it's a a non-fiction historical/sciency one and not that easy (though aimed at non-historians/scientists), and also I want to mention bits of it on a history board I belong to. So I consider varying it with some novel, but then I would still have my science book to read.  I could read a bit of Anna Karenina but that requires quite a bit of attention too.

In the end probably no book will get read. I will soon remember all the things I should be doing which don't involve a computer or a book, or which at least involve using them as work rather than play.  

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the encouragement!  I have now broken the block, and am reading The Elegance of the Hedghog by Muriel Barbery, recommended by a friend (and helped by my mini-cycle, which I pedal on while I am reading, and which apart from the physical benefits, helps me to concentrate!).  It is a French novel (translated by Alison Anderson), set in Paris in an apartment block, and told from the alternating point of view of the concierge and a 12-year-old tenant.  

The concierge has a deep, dark secret...she loves literature!  She tries to hide it, as it is not comme il faut for a concierge to indulge in such things, but one of the tenants has now discovered her love of Tolstoy and is quoting Anna Karenina to let her know that he is onto her!  

The young girl, very intellectually precocious, has decided to commit suicide on her 13th birthday, not because she is depressed, but out of existential despair.  

It is an unusual novel - funny and thought-provoking and poignant by turns - and I am enjoying it a lot.



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