Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. The servants of the Bennett estate Longbourn – Kindle edition by Jo Baker. Download it once and. Longbourn [Jo Baker] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Title. Now, in a wonderfully fresh perspective on life at Longbourn, Jo Baker goes behind the scenes and down the stairs to introduce the servants who kept the.

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There is just something very disrespectful about this book. Details in Jane Austen’s novel — money earned through trade, a flogged soldier — become subplots of slavery and violence.

Collins from afar and longing to have him as her own. In addition, the story supposedly focuses on Sarah, one of the two housemaids of the Bennets’ household.

Longbourn by Jo Baker – review

Do expect to have your understanding of the world of Jane Austen turned upside down and inside out, and made richer and truer as a result. Gee, they never taught me that in Abstinence Education!

Stay in Touch Sign up. While the information does lonbgourn to be told, this was quite simply the wrong way of doing it. Want to Read saving…. Except I don’t think they make sense anywhere.

I’m sure growing up with servants to take care of all your needs makes bakdr become accustomed to their services and compliance. Bennet has a lot of lines, and one of them is cuttingly sarcastic. But it does point at a society where women were unprotected and life without a good marriage was filled with poverty and emptiness and a reputation was all a girl had to recommend herself.


The have nots really had little choice as poor families tended to be large and had to kick out the older children to fend for themselves. If only someone would take notice of Sarah Oct 08, Minutes. I feel like this book was written just to be controversial and discussed.

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Obviously I considered this novel thought-provoking enough to finish, but I didn’t find it a success. Baker favours excess over subtlety in her descriptions as well as her plotting, and sometimes Longbourn feels oversaturated.

The story picks up quickly when a new footman named James Smith is hired. Longbourn, by Jo ,ongbourn. I understand that servants and soldiers had to deal with dirty and s The good: While the Bennet girls are constrained by the niceties of expectations about what a woman is expected to be, and how her life should unfold, their servants’ lives are subject to the vicissitudes of life.

A gentleman with an annual allowance, such as Mr Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, could afford more than one servant. Would someone of that period spend so much time thinking about the dirtier aspects of existence, or would they view them as given, as background?

View all 6 comments. While well-written and depicted in great detail, I must admit I was not very fond of these chapters. In the Regency Era, just like today, there were the haves and the have nots. Why did you choose to tell this part of the story?

When a new footman named James Smith arrives, things change for all of them-especially for the independent-minded Sarah, whose initial disdain for James gives way to feelings she has never experienced before. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It gives life and personality to the nameless, silent cast who ensure that the longbohrn Lydia is presentable at Meryton, who ensure that food is on the table when Bingley comes to visit, who wait in the rain to bring the ladies home after a ball.

Wickham appears here as a scoundrel, which we already knew, and the author seems very pleased with her insight lonfbourn Mr. There is no there here. I say “picked up” rather than read, because a great deal of the fanfic is insufferable and must be tossed after the first chapter. Review copy received from Edelweiss. The most believable bit in the book was touted in the blurb, the bit about Elizabeth’s famous petticoat being six longgourn deep in mud, which made extra work for the maids.


Two notable exceptions are sycophantic cousin Collins, and Mary, the pedantic middle sister. They will find that there is just the right level of earthiness here to root the romantic plot in reality. But also, as a writer, I admire her — the immaculate prose, the deft plotting, the briskness of the characterization. Aug 16, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: What facets of his character come to light?

The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. The detail is inked in such a way that its inclusion is artless and necessary without appearing to be an obvious history lesson. But the richer and more elite the household, and the more servants there were, the less personal contact there would be between the family and the staff. The biggest problem is that this isn’t Baker’s story, but Austen’s.

As well, the vivid descriptions and imagery just bring to life 19th century England I am sure that this book will have its critics and all great oongbourn do BUT I felt that the servant impressions added greater dimension and life to several characters such as- Mary Bennett, Mr.

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