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 Sense

The 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 I'm not reading this edition (I'm reading online) but just can't resist this public domain cover! 🤡😁🤣

Sanditon by Jane Austen

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 clearI'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 donebut it is going to be ignored for a few days!

So my incomplete work has 12 chapters. Others have mentioned reading copies with only initialsmine has the characters' names.

I love the startthe idea of a Jane Austen character as a seaside resort developer had enormous appeal for me! But this is the last book JA worked onand 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 endnot 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.



https://wordpress.com/view/carolshess... Just thought I'd reread this as I watch the screen adaptation. It's such a shame Austen never got to finish this bookthe set up is really interesting, and the characters very intriguing. A satirical look at 19thcentury business speculation, hypocondria and novel reading

On 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 seabathing and his partner Lady Denham, the local great lady who has “a shrewd eye & self satisfying air” and 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 women “quite in the line of Lovelaces.” (Lovelace 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 is more than 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 RereadI read it in this edition: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

I 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 4star 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. 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 reupped for a second series. 💔 9/10

This was just the appetizer course to a complete Austen novel. What she might have done ...

... cut 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 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 aberrationsbut 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. 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. Giving this five stars because I am entirely sure this would have been my favorite Jane Austen book, had she been able to finish! A set up that reminds me quite a bit of Persuasion, with the addition of professional invalids, a mysterious West Indian heiress, and a very handsome and quick witted gentlemen, all coming together with a heroine who is intelligent and observant and bold without being mean or overly selfeffacing.

Let's all pour out a cup of tea for the book that could have been!

PS Yes, I am aware there is a BBC/Masterpiece series that continues the story. No, I haven't seen it. Yes, I plan to!

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentr

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    Sanditon by Jane Austen

    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 clearI'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 donebut it is going to be ignored for a few days!

    So my incomplete work has 12 chapters. Others have mentioned reading copies with only initialsmine has the characters' names.

    I love the startthe idea of a Jane Austen character as a seaside resort developer had enormous appeal for me! But this is the last book JA worked onand 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 endnot 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.



    https://wordpress.com/view/carolshess... Just thought I'd reread this as I watch the screen adaptation. It's such a shame Austen never got to finish this bookthe set up is really interesting, and the characters very intriguing. A satirical look at 19thcentury business speculation, hypocondria and novel reading

    On 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 seabathing and his partner Lady Denham, the local great lady who has “a shrewd eye & self satisfying air” and 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 women “quite in the line of Lovelaces.” (Lovelace 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 is more than 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 RereadI read it in this edition: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

    I 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 4star 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. 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 reupped for a second series. 💔 9/10

    This was just the appetizer course to a complete Austen novel. What she might have done ...

    ... cut 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 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 aberrationsbut 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. 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. Giving this five stars because I am entirely sure this would have been my favorite Jane Austen book, had she been able to finish! A set up that reminds me quite a bit of Persuasion, with the addition of professional invalids, a mysterious West Indian heiress, and a very handsome and quick witted gentlemen, all coming together with a heroine who is intelligent and observant and bold without being mean or overly selfeffacing.

    Let's all pour out a cup of tea for the book that could have been!

    PS Yes, I am aware there is a BBC/Masterpiece series that continues the story. No, I haven't seen it. Yes, I plan to!"/>
  • Paperback
  • 112 pages
  • Sanditon
  • Jane Austen
  • English
  • 06 October 2018
  • 9781843911845

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