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The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet's Pride and Prejudice [Format Kindle]

Jennifer Paynter
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The third Bennet sister, Mary, steps into the spotlight in this graceful retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

As a middle child flanked by two pairs of closely bonded sisters, marginalized by her mother, and ridiculed by her father, Mary Bennet feels isolated within her own family. She retreats to her room to read and play the pianoforte and, when obliged to mix in society, finds it safer to quote platitudes from books rather than express her real opinions. She also finds it safer to befriend those who are socially “beneath” her. When wealthy Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley glide into her sisters’ lives, Mary becomes infatuated with an impoverished young musician, the son of her old wet-nurse, who plays the fiddle at the Meryton assemblies.

It is only after her sisters tease her about her “beau with the bow” that Mary is forced to examine her real feelings and confront her own brand of pride and prejudice.

An elegant accompaniment to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Forgotten Sister plucks the neglected Mary from obscurity and beautifully reveals her hopes and dreams.

Biographie de l'auteur

Jennifer Paynter is the author of the plays God’s People, Balancing Act, and When Are We Going to Manly?, the last being nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Award and the NSW Premiere’s Literary Award. Her plays have been produced in Sydney and Canberra and for ABC Radio, and her short story “The Sad Heart of Ruth” is an ABC Bicentennial Award winner. The Sydney Morning Herald hails the Australian edition of The Forgotten Sister as an “impressive literary achievement and a delightful read,” and the Brisbane Courier Mail says it “succeeds in inviting us back into the world of Longbourn and the Bennet family and their preoccupation with marriage, money and social class.” Paynter lives in Australia with her family.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2593 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 440 pages
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (14 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°82.552 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A charming tale 16 août 2014
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Pride and Prejudice is alive and well and living in Australia... Neither prequel nor sequel to Jane Austeńs novel, this entertaining story is a side look at the Bennet family through the eyes of the "ugly" sister Mary. A thoroughly good read!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 tres belle litterature 14 juillet 2014
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Malgre le style "Jane Austen" le texte se lit aisement et l'histoire est passionnante.
Serai contente de lire d'autres ouvrages du meme auteur
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very well written and interesting viewpoint for a P&P companion novel 18 janvier 2014
Par Janie.ohio - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First of all, I struggled with what to call this book. I wouldn't really call this a Pride and Prejudice variation, as there is no real variation from the original plot (which to me, is splendid, as the original is of course awesome the way it is). However, it's not a sequel, either, as it takes place before, during, and after the original story. Instead, this novel takes the viewpoint of Mary Bennett from early childhood through shortly after the original novel ends. It really is a companion novel, and compliments P&P wonderfully. It's extremely well written, well edited, and Mary's POV comes through clearly, succinctly, and in a voice that is true to Austen's character.

Mary's story, of course, is at the forefront. This book is told in the first person, and follows her from her childhood at Longborn, through new friendships in Bath and Meryton, and even delves into the world "down under". Her personal journey is an identifiable one, and was well worth my time. What I think is really telling, however, is how well Mary's voice made me reevaluate some, if you'll excuse the term, universally acknowledged truths about the Bennett clan. The reason we all read P&P repeatedly, and look for fan fiction, or read sequels, is because the characters of Elizabeth and Darcy are so enjoyable. However, in watching Elizabeth's actions from Mary's perspective, the author makes you question some of your preconceived notions on Elizabeth, and at times (ok, many times), I really didn't like her! Her actions were no different than Austen's Elizabeth, but this change of POV reminds you that reality is often in the eye of the beholder. Afterall, while Elizabeth may bask in the joy of her close relationships with her sister Jane and father, how does that affect the rest of the family?

Overall, I found this very enjoyable and a refreshing change on the P&P novels widely distributed on Amazon. If I were able (if Amazon let me do halves), I'd be giving this 4.5 stars instead of 5, simply because there were a few places that I felt things starting to drag a little bit, particularly when the events started overlapping events from the original story. Nothing overly tedious, and these parts were still good, they just made things move a little slower than I like. Still, I was very pleased with Mary's story and was very happy that she found her not-so-traditional happy ending.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mary Bennet rescued from the shadows 20 février 2014
Par Jaylia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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With only half a dozen speeches in Pride and Prejudice Mary Bennet still manages to make an impression. Bookish, socially awkward, and prone to moralizing, it’s hard to picture her as the heroine of a romance novel. Though I’d laugh along at her cluelessness Mary has always had my sympathy, so when I discovered Jennifer Paynter’s The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice I couldn’t wait to read it. Would this book rescue Mary from the shadows of Pride and Prejudice? I hoped so.

The Forgotten Sister opens before the events of Pride and Prejudice, with Mary recounting her story in her own words. She begins with an admission of early worries, “For the best part of nine years--from the age of four until just before I turned thirteen--I prayed for a brother every night.” (8) By then family life is strained, but early on Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are carefree and happy. Young Jane and Elizabeth are doted on by their parents, who are optimistic there is still time to produce a male heir and secure their entailed estate. Everything changes though when Mary, a third daughter, is born. Worries set in. The Bennets begin bickering. About a month after Mary’s birth Mrs. Bennet has an attack of nerves so acute that Mary is sent away to a wet-nurse, Mrs. Bushell, with whom she stays for several years. From then on, neglect by and separation from her family become recurring patterns in Mary’s life.

The Forgotten Sister provides new background to explain Mary’s personality. A frightening encounter when she is young makes her timid and tongue tied. The kindness shown by her pious instructor pushes Mary toward rigid religious beliefs, though the harsh moralizing mini-sermons she sometimes gives are just an awkward girl’s attempt to join the conversation. Because all four of her four sisters are paired in close bonds, Elizabeth with Jane and Lydia with Kitty, Mary is left without a close companion in the family, and being often on her own does not help her acquire social skills.

At the assembly dance where Jane catches the eye of Bingley and Elizabeth begins her antipathy for Darcy, Mary has her own pivotal encounter. She bumps into the handsome son of her former wet-nurse as he races up the stairs to join his band, and then Mary can’t stop trying to spot Peter Bushell through the crowd. Though far beneath Mary in station he’s a talented musician. When their eyes meet as he is playing his fiddle he smiles and, she cannot help herself, she smiles back, though she then resolves to look at him no further because she “…could not possibly befriend a person of his order.” (110)

But Peter is kind during their brief encounters, leaving Mary alternately relaxed and flustered. Though her feelings are decidedly mixed she’s left with a strong desire to see him again. But would it be proper? Mary’s religion councils her that all people are equal in the eyes of God, but that’s not what society says. Increasingly drawn to Peter, Mary remains deeply divided. How does an inexperienced, devout girl decide what to do?

The unique slant and moving insights of The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice kept the book in my hands any moment I had free. It’s fascinating to see younger versions of the characters from Pride and Prejudice, and events that took place before and after that story. I love when a novel incorporates fascinating bits of history or offers vicarious travel pleasures, and The Forgotten Sister has the surprising bonus of taking us by ship around the world to rough and tumble Australia when it is still part penal colony.

Still, Mary was difficult for me to like in the early pages of the book. Her feelings of anger and resentment toward her family are understandable, she’s often left out and sometimes ridiculed, but her spite could be hard to take. And my beloved Elizabeth when seen through Mary’s eyes does not seem quite as wonderful as before, which is disconcerting.

But the realism of Mary’s character and feelings ultimately adds to the strength of the novel. And there’s good precedent in the original for enlivening the story by shaking up the reader’s comfortable notions. The first time I read Pride and Prejudice I abhorred Darcy just as much as Elizabeth did, so when he handed her that letter after his disastrous proposal at Hunsford Parsonage, I was as shocked and disoriented as she was. The Forgotten Sister provides some of that same, wonderful eye opening catharsis, and by the end of the book Mary has a new and promising future.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Point of View 19 janvier 2014
Par Cassandra - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Mary was always my least favorite of the Bennet Sisters, but that has changed with the reading of this work. Anyone who has ever attend a large family dinner knows first hand just how a family's personal history is viewed differently by each member of the family. This is a very good retelling of a well know book(Pride & Prejudice) just from the middle sister, Mary's viewpoint. I enjoyed this book which gave me a bit more of "the rest of the story'!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Has the right "Austen" tone 30 janvier 2014
Par K. E. Willard - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Jane Austen didn't flesh out the depiction of the middle sister in Pride and Prejudice, using her mostly as a prop. Jennifer Paynter has taken up the task, in a way that feels authentic to this Austen lover. The book begins a few years before Pride and Prejudice and ends a few years after. So the reader knows what is going to happen to the Bennett household. Paynter's Mary Bennett still delivers herself of the most inappropriate and pontifical pronouncements, but Paynter lets us in on Mary's inner self-dialogue and rather than making the reader despise Mary (as one does when reading Pride and Prejudice) we understand and come to like her. Mary finds a husband appropriate to herself, and this tale of how she found him and then made a life with him kept me going to the final page.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Yeah, whatever DID happen to Mary...? 28 janvier 2014
Par Laura H - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Told entirely from Mary's perspective, this story sometimes moves quite slowly. Very well-written, the characters were real to me, as were the locales. We get a view into Mary's life that gives a thoughtful reason for her pedantic behavior. And we watch a curiously satisfying relationship blossom and bear fruit.

Not too soon, but this one will be perused again after a time.
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