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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This was my first time reading something by Jo Baker, her style of writing is very captivating and descriptive. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Baker shifts the frame slightly, and suddenly everything looks different.

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How terribly, terribly unlike what went on in 19th century England! View all 18 comments.

Read more Read less. You do not have to have read one book to read the other. The authenticity or her depiction felt like she knew firsthand of their toils.

Hill the housekeeper is often burdened by Mrs.


Longbourn by Jo Baker – review

We see the manners and strict class structure during the British Regency through the eyes of those living downstairs in the mansions of the wealthy and the even wealthier. I never came close to the characters. I did not enjoy this book, even though I fully expected to.

Jo Baker was being interviewed about her new novel Longbourn. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Meeting and spending time with the servants of Longbourn greatly intrigued me. What facets of his character come to light?

When Lydia elopes with Wickham the house is turned over in turmoil and Mrs Hill reminds Mr Bennet of all he did for Lydia while not lifting a finger lonbgourn his son. I found the most believable moment when Mrs. View all 12 comments. It is assimilated with the story; it is not heavy handed, and is entirely believable. They seem like things a modern young woman lingbourn do, so they only work if you are putting yourself into the story in her shoes.

I became fascinated by these little flickers of activity: Despite the great difference between their stations in life, in what ways are both Sarah and Elizabeth defined by the social strictures of the time?


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Jo Baker has set her sights on the darker shadings. There is no there here.

That Is my baler red. Why is a child who has lost or jp abandoned by her parents such a persistent and powerful figure? Some pretty yucky war stuff and intimacy. While the main characters make various appearances, it’s the life of the cook, Mrs Hill, her elderly butler husband, and the two young servant girls, Sarah and Polly, who become the jl point of the novel Longbourn. It is just that the intonation is so soft and lyrical, as are many of the lines, that the plot of the story gets smothered.

Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. Critics have often chastised Austen for ignoring the turbulence of her times. I read five chapters and then I admitted defeat.