Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lizzy Bennet's Diary

Cover image for Lizzy Bennet's diary : 1811-1812
Lizzy Bennet's Diary: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
by Maria Williams
Candlewick Press, 2014. Fiction 112 p.

Readers have loved the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darci for more than a century.  This is a way to share this tale with a younger audience.  Ms Williams has recounted Lizzy's story in a diary form complete with colored illustrations and attached mementos.  Readers can see what Lizzy thought when first meeting Mr. Darci, or finding out about Lydia's elopement. Readers can see the invitation to the ball and the note to Jane from Ms Bingley telling her the Mr. Bingley is going to London. There are also sketches of the arrival of the regiment and other events from the story. Some of the passages contain snippets of original book's language, but the book is mostly new fictionalization. The illustrations are light hearted as are Lizzy's ruminations. This is a fun selection for Austen fans, young and old.

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