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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Longbourn, by Jo Baker. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Oct 25, Deborah Markus rated it it was ok Recommends it for: It wasn’t Jane Austen. While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe lonbourn the boundaries of her class. We can thank her for imagining fully realized lives for them, and for sharing her vision without detracting from the magic of Austen’s masterpiece.

Look Inside Reading Guide. Not only does it not capture the essence of Pride and Prejudice, but it actually tries to rewrite the much-loved characters and their history. It can be difficult beginning to read baekr book that’s been highly praised by many reviewers.

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But that is a mere quibble in an otherwise wonderful novel. 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. But everybody — movie-makers, Austen “sequel” writers — somehow turns this into Mary adoring Mr. A footman enters, a housemaid is told to run along and do something. I found the most believable moment when Mrs.


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Except I don’t think they make sense anywhere. Baker shifts the frame slightly, and suddenly everything looks different. The world Baker created was so immersed in the lives of her characters not Austen’s that all but few events impacted their lives to any great extent.

More important than such lines are those lines that give food for thought, and there are not enough of them here. Jo Baker’s cold mornings make my hands hurt just to read them. I started to see a whole other life going on below the surface of the book.

Longbourn is simply tremendous. Return to Book Page.

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Even if you were rich, there ho no plumbing, very little in the way of social mobility, and nothing remotely resembling a maxi pad, let alone a tampon. Any other classics you are oj of taking on? Sarah, James, and Longboufn. Sarah is pretty much the main character. The only lasting impression the book leaves with me is the drudgery and hard work of the servants. The story is mostly told by Sarah, a housemaid who has been working at Longbourn since she was orphaned at age 6.

Fans of the novel- Pride and Predjudice, the TV show- Downton Abbey, and the movie- Gosford Park should love Jo Baker’s take on the lives of characters who usually stay silent in the back round. To twist something so familiar into something quite fresh is impressive. Wow, you guys, was there a lot of manure in the bad old days.

She rather looked forward to their having to lump them. So, to the story.

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Bakwr collapsed expanded unthreaded. Several reviewers have said that Baker writes like Austen, which I don’t think is remotely true. James has piqued the interest of Sarah, but will he let her close enough to learn his secrets? And of course Baker follows suit. Then I added the Kindle version, just because when I really like an audiobook, not only do I listen to it again immediately, I’ll often get the print version too.


Her work continues – hard labor never at a shortage – though now it is the societal restriction that chafes. This little revolutionary decided all on her own not that laundry day sucks — a sentiment that holds true to this very day — but that all people should have longbougn doing of their own underthings? Then the novel enters its stride. I have heard mixed reviews for Longbourn, so maybe this is just one that will divide people. The domestic detail in Longbourn was gathered from a lot of sources: But the way things are, I don’t bakdr I’d recommend it.

If you are not a lover of Jane Austen then I am unable to relate to your literary tastes. 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. Baker continues her story a bit beyond the ending of Pride and Prejudice. The story picks up quickly when a new footman named James Smith is hired. I couldn’t have been more wrong! See and discover other items:

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