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free read Longbourn 106 read & download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Jo Baker Jo Baker ✓ 6 download 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. 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 such talk could get me lynched Could this be better than the original Pride and Prejudice that is Perhaps better is not the right word but fuller Baker s is a fully convincing and unbiased vision of early nineteenth century English life featuring multiple classes and races and it doesn t airbrush away unpleasant bodily realities Longbourn is for the most part meticulously contemporaneous with the action of Pride and Prejudice A house the size of Longbourn was run by a small band of servants all Baker has done in the way of invention is to give faces and stories to those previously nameless below stairs characters expanded roles for Mr and Mrs Hill the latter both housekeeper and cook young maids Sarah and Polly and a new footman with murky origins James SmithOur protagonist housemaid Sarah is a feisty heroine from the lineage of both Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre indeed the first line is particularly reminiscent of Jane Eyre There could be no wearing of clothes without their laundering Like Miss Eyre Sarah is an eager orphan who turns to books for temporary escape from her troubles like Lizzie she faces a similar choice between two very different suitors and again like Jane she will set off on a fraught solitary adventure to secure true loveBaker builds sympathy for her characters by shifting between third person limited perspectives usually that point of view will be one of the servants as in Sarah s view of Jane Bennet She was as sweet soothing and undemanding as a baked milk pudding But occasionally readers are privy to the thoughts of one of the Bennets themselves here is Mary for example the distraction of those silly sistersIf they could but think of higher things of music religion good works instead of officers For the most part though we are limited to knowing whatever the servants can overhear or imply The Bennets utter obliviousness to the reality of life for the lower classes is slyly juxtaposed with a growing awareness of the brutality of slavery Even on the second page Baker shows concern for those people of color omitted from Austen s world the sun would be shining on other places still on the Barbadoes and Antigua and Jamaica where the dark men worked half naked and on the Americas where the Indians wore almost no clothes at all Footman James is a committed abolitionist with a copy of Wilberforce by his bedside and Baker gives a significant role to a new black character Ptolemy the Bingleys footman who turns Sarah s headBaker expertly mimics Austen s trademark use of free indirect speech and witticisms A prime example is when Sarah is sent out in the pouring rain to fetch decorations for the Bennet girls dancing shoes whereas the original text has the anonymous and passive the very shoe roses for Netherfield were got by proxy Sarah never has to open her mouth to issue this deliciously snide response The ladies could like the shoe roses or they could lump them Indeed she would rather like it if they lumped them She rather looked forward to their having to lump them The epigraphs heading each chapter come directly from Pride and Prejudice but I only found one line of word for word lifted dialogue in the main text eagle eyed Austenites correct me if I am wrong and let me know if you spot the same line I picked up on If you search the PP e book free here on Project Gutenberg you ll be interested to learn that there are in fact allusions to a Longbourn footman and a serving Sarah in chapters 7 and 55 respectivelyWhere Longbourn diverges most noticeably from Pride and Prejudice is in its unflinching portrayal of the physical reality of early nineteenth century life chilblains scars lice reeking chamber pots animal slaughter napkins soaked with menstrual blood even underarm hair you mean the Bennet girls had hairy pits say it ain t so Even behind the fine appearances of the Netherfield ball guests all Sarah can see is the same old freckles and wrinkles and bad breath and smallpox scars and limping goutHer envy puffed up into smoke and was gone on the wind Nonetheless I don t think there s anything here that will upset Austen lovers while there is plenty that should draw in new fans I think Longbourn might particularly appeal to those male readers who have previously professed that Austen isn t their cup of tea who are too jaded and knowing or just too darn cool for this chick stuff They will find that there is just the right level of earthiness here to root the romantic plot in reality Kudos to Jo Baker and bon app tit to all you lucky readers who soon get to encounter this terrific novel for the first timeA slightly expanded version of this review is at Bookkaholic The Razor's Edge upstairs When a mysterious new footman arrives the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely perhaps irrevocably The Old Man Who Loved Cheese upended Jo 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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 such talk could get me lynched Could this be better than the original Pride and Prejudice that is Perhaps better is not the right word but fuller Baker s is a fully convincing and Doll 87th Precinct #20 unbiased vision of early nineteenth century English life featuring multiple classes and races and it doesn t airbrush away Adam Green's Book Of Hollow Days unpleasant bodily realities Longbourn is for the most part meticulously contemporaneous with the action of Pride and Prejudice A house the size of Longbourn was run by a small band of servants all Baker has done in the way of invention is to give faces and stories to those previously nameless below stairs characters expanded roles for Mr and Mrs Hill the latter both housekeeper and cook young maids Sarah and Polly and a new footman with murky origins James SmithOur protagonist housemaid Sarah is a feisty heroine from the lineage of both Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre indeed the first line is particularly reminiscent of Jane Eyre There could be no wearing of clothes without their laundering Like Miss Eyre Sarah is an eager orphan who turns to books for temporary escape from her troubles like Lizzie she faces a similar choice between two very different suitors and again like Jane she will set off on a fraught solitary adventure to secure true loveBaker builds sympathy for her characters by shifting between third person limited perspectives Stolen Stronger #1 usually that point of view will be one of the servants as in Sarah s view of Jane Bennet She was as sweet soothing and Black Holes Wormholes Time Machines undemanding as a baked milk pudding But occasionally readers are privy to the thoughts of one of the Bennets themselves here is Mary for example the distraction of those silly sistersIf they could but think of higher things of music religion good works instead of officers For the most part though we are limited to knowing whatever the servants can overhear or imply The Bennets Crystal and the Seven Brothers utter obliviousness to the reality of life for the lower classes is slyly juxtaposed with a growing awareness of the brutality of slavery Even on the second page Baker shows concern for those people of color omitted from Austen s world the sun would be shining on other places still on the Barbadoes and Antigua and Jamaica where the dark men worked half naked and on the Americas where the Indians wore almost no clothes at all Footman James is a committed abolitionist with a copy of Wilberforce by his bedside and Baker gives a significant role to a new black character Ptolemy the Bingleys footman who turns Sarah s headBaker expertly mimics Austen s trademark Then She Found Me use of free indirect speech and witticisms A prime example is when Sarah is sent out in the pouring rain to fetch decorations for the Bennet girls dancing shoes whereas the original text has the anonymous and passive the very shoe roses for Netherfield were got by proxy Sarah never has to open her mouth to issue this deliciously snide response The ladies could like the shoe roses or they could lump them Indeed she would rather like it if they lumped them She rather looked forward to their having to lump them The epigraphs heading each chapter come directly from Pride and Prejudice but I only found one line of word for word lifted dialogue in the main text eagle eyed Austenites correct me if I am wrong and let me know if you spot the same line I picked The Virginity of Famous Men up on If you search the PP e book free here on Project Gutenberg you ll be interested to learn that there are in fact allusions to a Longbourn footman and a serving Sarah in chapters 7 and 55 respectivelyWhere Longbourn diverges most noticeably from Pride and Prejudice is in its Junie B Jones is a Party Animal Doll unflinching portrayal of the physical reality of early nineteenth century life chilblains scars lice reeking chamber pots animal slaughter napkins soaked with menstrual blood even Forever Pucked Pucked #4 underarm hair you mean the Bennet girls had hairy pits say it ain t so Even behind the fine appearances of the Netherfield ball guests all Sarah can see is the same old freckles and wrinkles and bad breath and smallpox scars and limping goutHer envy puffed The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright A Complete Catalog up into smoke and was gone on the wind Nonetheless I don t think there s anything here that will Mica Rebel Wayfarers MC #1 upset Austen lovers while there is plenty that should draw in new fans I think Longbourn might particularly appeal to those male readers who have previously professed that Austen isn t their cup of tea who are too jaded and knowing or just too darn cool for this chick stuff They will find that there is just the right level of earthiness here to root the romantic plot in reality Kudos to Jo Baker and bon app tit to all you lucky readers who soon get to encounter this terrific novel for the first timeA slightly expanded version of this review is at Bookkaholic

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free read Longbourn 106 read & download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Jo Baker Jo Baker ✓ 6 download • 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. 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 The action of Longbourn doesn t consist of previously unseen repercussions of those familiar events nor does it posit any new motives or influences that provide alternate explanations for them At times it feels as though Baker s characters are waiting for something to happen in PP which only makes sense if you see the plot of PP as necessary or guaranteed which you can t because the characters in that book are freuently surprised by news choices and revelations of the past Wickham appears here as a scoundrel which we already knew and the author seems very pleased with her insight that Mr Collins and Mary would have made a good match something that I think every reader of PP perceives and a luscious bit of permanently unresolved dramatic irony on Austen s part Baker adds backstory for a few major characters that can t feel conseuential because it s entirely unmanifested in PP Unlike Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which you could superficially say interacts with Hamlet the same way this wants to with PP this book doesn t provide us with any cleverly interlocking alternate explanations new plot twists thematic extension or characterizationBaker tries too hard to convince us of her commitment to gritty historical realism her freuent mentions of chamberpots menstruation mud etc are cloying and to me seem to lack historical logic 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 I d much rather read something that also acknowledges the beauty of historical times like for example the passage in Doomsday Book about the snowy medieval Christmas Notably Doomsday Book has plenty of gross scenes the point is that it has both whereas this book perhaps unconsciously betrays a modern viewpoint by dealing mostly in grime and unpleasantness Similarly there are moments where the protagonist Sarah acts in bold or independent ways that seem implausible for a character of her station in that period and unjustified by her personality They seem like things a modern young woman would do so they only work if you are putting yourself into the story in her shoesI ve complained a lot about this novel s relationship to PP Can it be considered successful as a freestanding novel Yes somewhat it s just that then it is a novel in a genre that I almost never enjoy Several reviewers have said that Baker writes like Austen which I don t think is remotely true Austen wrote a brisk dramacomedy of manners this is a ponderous romance Austen was matter of fact and sometimes pert this is self serious and tries to assign mystic import to even prosaic life events Austen reuires you to read between the lines of straightforward seeming dialogue and descriptions to discover a character s motives or mindset Baker writes paragraph long descriptions of roadside foliage that are a single sentence Austen dealt in interpersonal relationships and power imbalances Baker is keen on totemic objects like James s collection of seashellsThe plot didn t work for me on its own there were several key moments of this book where something was revealed with great pomp and circumstance that I d figured out long before and I honestly couldn t figure out whether Baker meant the scenes as actual plot twists or satisfying resolutions of what the reader had begun to suspect I found Sarah likable but there was something so soft focus and arbitrary about her relationship with James that I didn t care much about themObviously I considered this novel thought provoking enough to finish but I didn t find it a success Read it if you like current woman oriented literary fiction skip it if you like Austen s wit Review copy received from Edelweiss Last to Die unseen repercussions of those familiar events nor does it posit any new motives or influences that provide alternate explanations for them At times it feels as though Baker s characters are waiting for something to happen in PP which only makes sense if you see the plot of PP as necessary or guaranteed which you can t because the characters in that book are freuently surprised by news choices and revelations of the past Wickham appears here as a scoundrel which we already knew and the author seems very pleased with her insight that Mr Collins and Mary would have made a good match something that I think every reader of PP perceives and a luscious bit of permanently Night Moves unresolved dramatic irony on Austen s part Baker adds backstory for a few major characters that can t feel conseuential because it s entirely Dark Tide Rising William Monk #24 unmanifested in PP Unlike Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which you could superficially say interacts with Hamlet the same way this wants to with PP this book doesn t provide Bridge of Clay us with any cleverly interlocking alternate explanations new plot twists thematic extension or characterizationBaker tries too hard to convince Gargoyles of Gaylord Michigan Chillers us of her commitment to gritty historical realism her freuent mentions of chamberpots menstruation mud etc are cloying and to me seem to lack historical logic 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 I d much rather read something that also acknowledges the beauty of historical times like for example the passage in Doomsday Book about the snowy medieval Christmas Notably Doomsday Book has plenty of gross scenes the point is that it has both whereas this book perhaps Yellow Brick War unconsciously betrays a modern viewpoint by dealing mostly in grime and The Complete Excuses Handbook The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Blame and Shirking Responsibility for All Your Own Miserable Failings and Sloppy Mistakes unpleasantness Similarly there are moments where the protagonist Sarah acts in bold or independent ways that seem implausible for a character of her station in that period and Lawrence Ferlinghetti versei unjustified by her personality They seem like things a modern young woman would do so they only work if you are putting yourself into the story in her shoesI ve complained a lot about this novel s relationship to PP Can it be considered successful as a freestanding novel Yes somewhat it s just that then it is a novel in a genre that I almost never enjoy Several reviewers have said that Baker writes like Austen which I don t think is remotely true Austen wrote a brisk dramacomedy of manners this is a ponderous romance Austen was matter of fact and sometimes pert this is self serious and tries to assign mystic import to even prosaic life events Austen reuires you to read between the lines of straightforward seeming dialogue and descriptions to discover a character s motives or mindset Baker writes paragraph long descriptions of roadside foliage that are a single sentence Austen dealt in interpersonal relationships and power imbalances Baker is keen on totemic objects like James s collection of seashellsThe plot didn t work for me on its own there were several key moments of this book where something was revealed with great pomp and circumstance that I d figured out long before and I honestly couldn t figure out whether Baker meant the scenes as actual plot twists or satisfying resolutions of what the reader had begun to suspect I found Sarah likable but there was something so soft focus and arbitrary about her relationship with James that I didn t care much about themObviously I considered this novel thought provoking enough to finish but I didn t find it a success Read it if you like current woman oriented literary fiction skip it if you like Austen s wit Review copy received from Edelweiss

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free read Longbourn 106 read & download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Jo Baker Jo Baker ✓ 6 download 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