Thursday, November 7, 2013

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Sense & Sensibility

Author: Joanna Trollope
Title: Sense & Sensibility
Publisher: Harper
Publish Date: Oct 29. 2013
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & the publisher
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
From Joanna Trollope, one of the most insightful chroniclers of family life writing fiction today, comes a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s classic novel of love, money, and two very different sisters.

John Dashwood promised his dying father that he would take care of his half sisters. But his wife, Fanny, has no desire to share their newly inherited estate. When she descends upon Norland Park, the three Dashwood girls—Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret—are faced with the realities of a cold world and the cruelties of life without their father, their home, or their money.

With her sparkling wit, Joanna Trollope casts a clever, satirical eye on the tales of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

Reimagining Sense and Sensibility in a fresh, modern new light, she spins the novel’s romance, bonnets, and betrothals into a wonderfully witty coming-of-age story about the stuff that really makes the world go around. For when it comes to money, some things never change....

Review:  I am really on the shelf about this one. I can't remember if I had read Austen's Sense & Sensibility, but I was intrigued about a re-imagining of this classic novel. (Everyone seems to like doing that sort of thing these days) It is part of The Austen Project

Joanna stayed pretty true to Austen's original plot, which is all well and good, however, Sense & Sensibility was written in the early 1800s, the Regency period.

I dare you not to read this book and think that Elinor, Marianne & Margaret are back in that time period with a few techie things from the present day.

For me, taking a story that is so much a regency novel and setting it in the present day, didn't work. Not because of the writing, because Ms Trollope really did bring Austen's character's to life again in the present day, it was just this story just doesn't translate to the present well. Basically because it is hard to imagine a family in the same situation as the Dashwoods.

Sometimes I think it is best to leave good things, like classic novels alone.

Rating: 3 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

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