Excellent reading. Wonderfully twisted black humour.
Hos perfect knowledge of the story and the dull, no-smiling way of reading - so important in this book.
I read it as a part of re-reading all of Jane Austen's works and also the new ones, both in the Austen project and others. For someone doing this, it is certainly worth a read, though for someone looking for Jane Austen's classic made fresh I would probably not push it very hard.
It started off beautifully, with so many clever modernisations, but the more the novel progressed, the more I got the feeling that Trollope was more or less copying the original, word for word. So many actions and sentiments were left unexplained, though they feel very strange to the modern reader. I really think Trollope could do better than this! One thing I kept thinking is -Why not tempt things a little, make Marianne a goth or an emo, when that us so clearly what she is, but no - still very very beautiful and playing an instrument very well indeed. So boring and predictable!
The performance was fine, though not one that has stayed with me.
Not really, but I am very curious to see what the other authors in the Austen protect have made of their books!
From the first breathtaking sentence to the very last chapter, it was a brilliantly moving and non-sentimental book about being a teenager, and finding friends, life and family sometimes easy, sometimes too hard to bear.
A very good performance. Made each character even more believable, and every line even more heartfelt. Couldn't have been better!
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