Sanditon

SanditonCharlotte Heywood Is Privileged To Accompany Mr And Mrs Parker To Their Home In Sanditon Not Least Because, They Assure Her, It Is Soon To Become The Fashionable Epicentre Of Society Summers Finding The Town All But Deserted, She Is Party To The Machinations Of Her Socially Mobile Hosts In Their Attempts To Gather A Respectable Crowd, And Austen Assembles A Classic Cast Of Characters Of Varying Degrees Of Absurdity Of SenseThe Last Of Austen S Fiction Works, Written In The Year Before Her Death, When She Was Gravely Ill, Sanditon Affords A Glimpse Of The Ultimate Creative Powers And Preoccupations Of One Of The Greatest Figures In English Literature Even though I read a biography of Jane Austen recently, as part of my homage to her as in 2017 we are commemorating two hundred years since she died, it has not been until I have read this unfinished novel that I have felt the sorrow at her early death.Her prose is superb It flows even though it is clearly sharply forged Her observant eye is acute and her humorous irony is as keen as a scalpel And her subtle references to the world in which she wrote and lived, with the West Indian fortunes a Even though I read a biography of Jane Austen recently, as part of my homage to her as in 2017 we are commemorating two hundred years since she died, it has not been until I have read this unfinished novel that I have felt the sorrow at her early death.Her prose is superb It flows even though it is clearly sharply forged Her observant eye is acute and her humorous irony is as keen as a scalpel And her subtle references to the world in which she wrote and lived, with the West Indian fortunes and the aspiring coastal resorts, make the historicity of this novel to be timeless for the matter it offers.A draft full of promises, a life still full of literary germs Both cut short Since, I have been watching Sanditon on PBS, I wanted to read Jane Austen s original partial manuscript She only finished 11 short chapters of this seaside romp, and while interesting, it s nothing like the salacious story I ve viewed on television I actually read a completed Sanditon finished by another lady She neglected to give her name and I ve since looked it up on line I liked her version pretty well In this iteration Arthur Parker gets together with Miss Lambe which is sweet.It s jus Since, I have been watching Sanditon on PBS, I wanted to read Jane Austen s original partial manuscript She only finished 11 short chapters of this seaside romp, and while interesting, it s nothing like the salacious story I ve viewed on television I actually read a completed Sanditon finished by another lady She neglected to give her name and I ve since looked it up on line I liked her version pretty well In this iteration Arthur Parker gets together with Miss Lambe which is sweet.It s just sad that Jane Austen died so young with this story left unfinished and others she had percolating I guess we should be thankful for the six masterpieces she gave us And that she didn t die while even younger from complications of childbirth like Charlotte Bronte or Mary Wollstonecraft Just thought I d reread this as I watch the screen adaptation It s such a shame Austen never got to finish this book the set up is really interesting, and the characters very intriguing. A satirical look at 19th century business speculation, hypocondria and novel readingOn the 27th January, 1817 Jane Austen began work on a novel that is now known as Sanditon It was never completed Her declining health robbed her of what she dearly loved most, writing, and on the 18th of March 1817 after penning 22,000 words she wrote the last lines of chapter twelve and put down her pen Four months later at age 41 she would succumb to what is generally believed to have been Addison s disease A satirical look at 19th century business speculation, hypocondria and novel readingOn the 27th January, 1817 Jane Austen began work on a novel that is now known as Sanditon It was never completed Her declining health robbed her of what she dearly loved most, writing, and on the 18th of March 1817 after penning 22,000 words she wrote the last lines of chapter twelve and put down her pen Four months later at age 41 she would succumb to what is generally believed to have been Addison s disease Set in the emerging seaside village of Sanditon on the Sussex coast we are introduced to a large cast of characters dominated by the two minions of the community Mr Parker a local landowner with grand designs of turning a fishing village into a fashionable watering place offering the therapeutic or curative benefits of sea bathing and his partner Lady Denham, the local great lady who hasa shrewd eye self satisfying airand cares little about the community and only her pocketbook.The story unfolds from the perspective of Charlotte Heywood, a young lady experiencing her first trip away from her family as a guest of Mr and Mrs Parker Sanditon is populated by a comical ensemble of residents and visitors who upon Charlotte s first acquaintance are altogether different than they later appear Lady Denham s nephew Sir Edward Denham is handsome, amiable and titled but is prone to long inflated speeches in the most pompous and affected style in an attempt to reinforce his own notion that he is a romantic character born to seduce womenquite in the line of LovelacesLovelace refers to the villain Robert Lovelace in Samuel Richardson s 1748 novel Clarissa who rapes and ruins the young heroine He has designs upon Lady Denham s companion Clara Brereton who he shall either woo with affection or carry off Clara is a poor relation of Lady Denham s who is maneuvering to be her heir and in direct competition with Sir Edward for her favor.Also sharing the spotlight is Mr Parker and his four siblings, three of whom Charlotte is told are sad invalids, but after their arrival talk a great deal about their maladies but exhibit little consequence of their afflictions Here we see Austen at her comedic height characterizing the foibles of those who attach illness as an identity and hypochondria as their religion The one bright light of hope in the novel is Mr Parker s brother Sidney who we know of only through letters and others descriptions He may be the only character besides Charlotte who has the potential to set things in balance with his sense of humor and honest opinions Sadly he is destined to remain the mystery hero of Austen s oeuvre Add to that a lineup a nest of plot ironies to raise an eyebrow at business speculation and hypochondria, and a sharp jab at the effluvia of novels and poetry and you have a narrative that whizzes along until an abrupt halt just when we are hooked The uncompleted novel is a great loss to literature but also to the characters who after a bright and comical beginning are left with uncertain futures What does remain isthan a novelty of Austenalia Sanditon s levity despite the author s failing health when it was written is quite remarkable On first reading I thought it quite energetic and satirical, similar to the burlesque humor of Austen s Northanger Abbey I then put it aside and did not reflect on it further My second reading after several years brought an entirely new reaction Austen has taken a new and fresh direction from her usual three or four families in a country village and sets her novel not about an individuals struggle but an entire community Money is still the fuel that powers the plot, but her physical descriptions of the landscape and town are entirely new in her cannon foreshadowing what may have been an evolution in her style Sanditon is a gem that no Austen enthusiast should miss.Laurel Ann, Austenprose I m not reading this edition I m reading online but just can t resist this public domain cover So far I m thinking this title really inspired Georgette Heyer s writing style Just about to start Chapter 5 3.5 Just to be clear I m only reading what The Divine Jane actually wrote I have a horrible feeling that this incomplete work has been combined with editions of this work that have been finished by other authors Sigh A GR librarian s work is never done but it is goin I m not reading this edition I m reading online but just can t resist this public domain cover So far I m thinking this title really inspired Georgette Heyer s writing style Just about to start Chapter 5 3.5 Just to be clear I m only reading what The Divine Jane actually wrote I have a horrible feeling that this incomplete work has been combined with editions of this work that have been finished by other authors Sigh A GR librarian s work is never done but it is going to be ignored for a few days So my incomplete work has 12 chapters Others have mentioned reading copies with only initials mine has the characters names.I love the start the idea of a Jane Austen character as a seaside resort developer had enormous appeal for me But this is the last book JA worked on and she was already unwell Her character studies become nastier than I am used to from Jane I m sure JA would have revised and made the storyline sharper if she has lived and smoothed out the rough edges on some characters.By the end not enjoyable for me.I will watch the TV adaptation when it hits my shores Everyone just better be prepared for some vinaigrette sniffing and pearl clutching as I just don t associate Jane Austen with sexy times Obviously this book is incomplete, but I still love Austen no matter what and even an unfinished book can show the potential for beauty It was going to be amazing The new PBS BBC series has brought it to life in a beautiful way, and I hope it gets re upped for a second series. Reread I read it in this edition won t rate this as it was unfinished at the time of Austen s death 12 chapters that add up to fewer than 60 pages in my edition but it was on its way to being at least a 4 star read The words flow there s nary a breath in the characters speeches, yet they are easy to follow The skewering of the rich with too much time on their hands their obsessive land speculations their ridiculous hypochondria their dangerou Reread I read it in this edition won t rate this as it was unfinished at the time of Austen s death 12 chapters that add up to fewer than 60 pages in my edition but it was on its way to being at least a 4 star read The words flow there s nary a breath in the characters speeches, yet they are easy to follow The skewering of the rich with too much time on their hands their obsessive land speculations their ridiculous hypochondria their dangerous vanities is merciless A new type of setting for Austen is open to the handling of a diverse set of characters The reference to a young heiress, recently come to Sanditon, described as a half Mulatto, chilly and tender, is tantalizing It s perhaps pointless to wonder how this work might ve been finished or revised but it seems poised to have broken brilliant new ground for Austen 9 10This was just the appetizer course to a complete Austen novel What she might have donecut is the branch that might have grown full straight This story was such a good start Of course, we who love Jane Austen know that she couldn t finish it, because of her illness So we will have to wonder where the story goes The story follows a group of people at a health spa, so you gotta figure this went along with her illness and the many methods she used to treat herself The characters in the story are funny and well developed in just a short while I always wonder if she based her characters on people she knew or an amalgamation of peopl This story was such a good start Of course, we who love Jane Austen know that she couldn t finish it, because of her illness So we will have to wonder where the story goes The story follows a group of people at a health spa, so you gotta figure this went along with her illness and the many methods she used to treat herself The characters in the story are funny and well developed in just a short while I always wonder if she based her characters on people she knew or an amalgamation of people Austen is the Queen of One liners, We have many leisure hours read a great deal Ahh, the dream He felt he wrote he forgot Yep, I feel ya His genius his susceptibilities might lead him into some aberrations but who is perfect Couldn t have said it better I am very sorry you met with an accident, but upon my word, you deserved it so kind Her nerves are a good deal deranged I know her I must hurry home, for Susan is to have leaches at one o clock Yay, Susan Although this is just the beginning of what I m sure would have been another classic, it is still worth reading, just for the enjoyment of her wonderful wit This last unfinished work by Jane Austen is the beginnings of a social satire that is mainly set in a seaside town called Sanditon The opening is comical by its absurd situation a civil conversation ensues whilst Parker is nursing an injured and very painful ankle but really the ground is being set for a coming of age novel of a young woman who leaves home to Sanditon for the first time to encounter people and new experiences In this fragment there was enough here for me to have a sense of t This last unfinished work by Jane Austen is the beginnings of a social satire that is mainly set in a seaside town called Sanditon The opening is comical by its absurd situation a civil conversation ensues whilst Parker is nursing an injured and very painful ankle but really the ground is being set for a coming of age novel of a young woman who leaves home to Sanditon for the first time to encounter people and new experiences In this fragment there was enough here for me to have a sense of the characters and their conflicts I tend to return to Jane Austen s novels when I need something light and witty, this wasn t her best one for this but I still found it interesting as it was the last piece she was working on

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  • 112 pages
  • Sanditon
  • Jane Austen
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 1843911841