Sense & Sen­si­bil­ity

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by Joanna Trol­lope

It’s not an er­ror that Trol­lope has been men­tioned as the au­thor. This 2013 book is the Bri­tish writer’s mod­ern retelling of the well-loved orig­i­nal – all part of the Austen Project, for which six nov­el­ists have been com­mis­sioned to re­write Austen’s six com­plete works. The point? To con­sider whether the ob­sta­cles and joys of the Dash­wood sis­ters’ love lives would have been any dif­fer­ent if they were born in the 21st Cen­tury in­stead of the 19th. In this re-telling, prag­matic Eli­nor is now an ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent and spir­ited Marianne a bo­hemian mu­si­cian – but their ca­reers still don’t stop them from fall­ing for the wrong men. As with the Ge­or­gian coun­ter­part, class di­vi­sions still ex­ist, money does mat­ter, re­jec­tion is hu­mil­i­at­ing and love is found when least ex­pected.

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