Sunday, July 9

Book Review: Sanditon by Jane Austen

Author: Jane Austen
Title: Sanditon
Genre: Historical Fiction & classic
Pages: 60
Published: 1817
Where I Got It: My shelf (Used book store)

A gentleman and a lady travelling from Tunbridge towards that part of the Sussex coast which lies between Hastings and Eastbourne, being induced by business to quit the high road and attempt a very rough lane, were overturned in toiling up its long ascent, half rock, half sand. The accident happened just beyond the only gentleman's house near the lane—a house which their driver, on being first required to take that direction, had conceived to be necessarily their object and had with most unwilling looks been constrained to pass by. He had grumbled and shaken his shoulders and pitied and cut his horses so sharply that he might have been open to the suspicion 

This piece of work was one that Miss Austen never got to finish. She died before being able to complete this. So it is a hard rough draft for sure and only about 60 pages (depending on what edition you read). 

Even though this was never finished it is a must read, especially if you are an Austen fan. It is interesting to see a work in progress by an accomplished author like her. There is not a lot of plot here. It just seemed like possible scenes and possible dialogue. There is some character building that began but there was still some work to do. 

I do want to read some "completed" versions by other authors...just for curiosity-sake.I do feel like this would be fun to explore. I wish that Miss Austen was able to complete this, because I do feel like this might have been a really popular one. It sure was good in just the little she left us. 

Now that I have all her works read, I am not sure where to go now. LOL. Maybe I can do some re-reading and write reviews for those that do not have my "official" review on here. We shall see...I do have lots to read. On the other hand...I am addicted to her works.....soooo we shall see. 

Again, this is a rough draft, but worth the read just to see what might've been. I'll give this a 3. 



Blodeuedd said...

I might have tried it

Melliane said...

I don't think I knew about this one

Carole Rae said...

B, I thought I had too, but I realized I didn't recall a single thing.

Melliane, it's not her most popular for sure.

Anachronist said...

Definitely interesting!

Carole Rae said...

Ana, yes! Interesting indeed. I do wish she would've finished this.