An Austen re-do

So, I read somewhere about this book – Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, which claimed it to be an amusing retake on Pride & Prejudice. Obviously, if you don’t enjoy at least Austen or chick-lit, I advise you to stop reading here, and move on.

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The book wasn’t easy to get here, so I went out of my way and ordered it from the UK. Then I tried reading it, and… meh. Put it back in the TBR pile. Until this last week.

I still found it pretty slow in the start – the first couple of chapters didn’t grasp my interest now either. BUT THEN. I loved it. Mrs Bennet is still upset that all her 5 daughters are unmarried, Lydia and Kitty are still annoying (they’re crossfit cultists! hehehehe), and Elizabeth is still likable.

I wasn’t sure how I’d enjoy the story, but Sittenfeld’s done an amazing job transferring it to contemporary times while still keeping the language pretty Austen-esque. Like so:

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“”Fred!” the nurse said, though they had never met. “How are we today?”
Reading the nurse’s name tag, Mr. Bennet replied with fake enthusiasm, “Bernard! We’re mourning the death of manners and the rise of overly familiar discourse. How are you?””

And then I saw that this is like a whole project, where more authors are writing new versions of Austen books! Like Val MacDermid doing Northanger Abbey! So now I’ll have to buy them all, obviously (should be 6, so not as bad as I made it sound).

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