Books : reviews

Arielle Eckstut.
Pride and Promiscuity: the lost sex scenes of Jane Austen.
Canongate. 2001

rating : 3.5 : worth reading
review : 7 November 2004

Have you ever wondered at some of the plot discontinuities in Jane Austen's works? Why some characters make unexpected visits, or take unexplained dislikes to others? How some could tolerate their excessively dull or silly spouses? Well, wonder no more. Several "lost scenes", expurgated by overly-proper editors, have lately come to light, and explain all.

These few brief spoofs are very funny -- wickedly contrasting a style that is completely Austen, with a content that is completely not!