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Sanditon: Jane Austen's Unfinished Masterpiece Completed

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  2,939 ratings  ·  323 reviews
Had Jane Austen lived to complete Sanditon, it would have been as treasured as her other novels. In the half-finished masterpiece, Austen fashions one of her classic heroines—Charlotte Heywood. The surviving fragment also sets the story well on its path as Charlotte begins an adventure to Sanditon where a full cast of characters becomes intertwined in various intrigues.

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Published (first published 1975)
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Ceri
This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

In early 1817 Jane Austen began writing a story called ‘Sanditon’. She was only able to work on it for around 7 weeks before her health deteriorated to such an extent that she had to abandon it. She died around 4 months later, bequeathing the unfinished manuscript to her niece, Anna Austen Lefroy. There are a number of continuations of the book (there’s a list on Wikipedia) but the reason I chose to
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Yulia
It's an act of true bravery of Marie Dobbs to have attempted to finish this work. I can imagine her primary reason for this effort was an act of love for Austen and sympathy with other Austen fans in mourning their having "finished" Austen's extant work. Dobbs wanted to give readers more when Austen herself could not, which is precisely why I bought this book--because I, too, found myself in mourning and wanted to believe others could carry on her legacy. So no, I can't fault Dobbs for trying. I ...more
Rebecca
Jun 27, 2008 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen freaks and regency romance freaks (not necessarily the same people)
Shelves: fiction, romance
This book was by Jane Austen and "Another Lady," mostly by the other lady. The first 11 chapters were by Austen, mostly, and it was obvious. By the end of the 11th chapter, though, there was no real indication of where the plot would go, except for using other Austen novels as a guide (seems reasonable), so most of the plot is by the other lady, as well. It is pretty much a published piece of fan fiction. Not bad fan fiction, but not great fan fiction, either, and not even close to the author it ...more
Misty
[First read June 11 2008]
[2nd reading June 17 2012]

*Please note: the author, who published this under the name of "Another Lady" also publishes under the names Anne Telscombe and Marie Dobbs. I'm not sure if either is her real name, but for the sake of brevity, I'm calling her "Dobbs" from here on out.


To properly explain to you why I love this novel, first I need to set the scene: the year was 2008, I wasn't blogging yet, and was in need of some structure; I was planning my summer reading and
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
It is always regrettable when a great author, composer, or artist leaves an unfinished work, especially when that work has the potential to become a masterpiece. Jane Austen began penning the novel “Sanditon” or, “The Brothers” as it was originally titled, during the last few months of her life. It was unfortunately abandoned around chapter eleven due to her declining health. In these precious chapters we are introduced to a new seaside resort called Sanditon, an emerging community that offers s ...more
bookczuk
This represents the last writings of Jane Austen. She put the work aside in March of 1817, and died 4 months later. The novel remained unfinished, but at some point another took up the pen to complete it, and the flyleaf of this edition (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975) bears the inscription of Jane Austen and Another Lady (who apparently is names Anne Telscombe).

Starting to read this book, I found myself entering into that singular rhythm found in Austen novel; smiling to myself at the quaintnes
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Janet
My friend Wendy, who haunts library book sales, is always proudly holding up a book to me and yelling, "Fifty cents!" This one set her back a whole dollar, but it's worth every penny.

I'm still kicking myself for not realizing that, duh, of course Jane fanfic exists. In fact, when I did the Amazon search to add this title I found what looks like two or three different completions of this novel. Now I want to read them all.

I'd forgotten where Sanditon left off, but figured I'd notice the seam betw
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Paula Vince
Jane Austen's famous 11 chapters were all she left of Sanditon, the novel she'd been working on before her death. Another lady who chose to remain anonymous picked up the threads and wrote a very decent finish. Obviously not exactly where Jane Austen would have taken it, yet I wonder if she would have been pleased by the alternate ending. I definitely was.

Charlotte Heywood is invited to spend time at Sanditon, a fashionable seaside resort town, by Mr and Mrs Parker. Charlotte is a very sensible
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Mary Alice
Appalling. I don't mind that someone finished Austen's novel: I find such ventures fun when a talented contemporary author undertakes such a project. Jane Austen's novels are all about fun, and I have seen the fragments of Sanditon and the Watsons completed in interesting fashions by competent authors.

But Ms. Shapiro's completion is deplorable. Shapiro is completely unfaithful to Austen's intentions and redefines characters that Austen had already drawn carefully. And where Austen's characters a
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Lynne-marie
One always hopes that these attempts will be intelligently done, but in this case, the "co-author" rumble up Jane Austen with Jane Eyre and forgot to read her primer on Regency romances. The cross should be amber NOT topaz. Austen never spoke of women as become "animal[s:] from childbearing"; her characters were too solidly middle class to be brought down so violently. She never spoke of her characters as "gushing"; she demonstrated it in their flow of words. Anachronisms abound. The plot line i ...more
Judy
I loved the part written by Austen, which I loved and found surprisingly different from her other novels, going off in new directions.

I hesitated over whether to read the part by "Another Lady" (an Australian writer called Marie Dobbs), but in the end carried on. I did quite enjoy her part too, but it isn't much like Austen really, although she does have a dry, witty tone and sometimes gets in some quite Austen-like weighted sentences - here's an example:
"Removed for some time from the influenc
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Karla
I didn't think this was that well done at all. The main romance has no more than a few pages devoted to it, and I just didn't think the writing was that great. I could tell exactly where the switchover took place from Jane Austen to Juliette Shapiro (and verified it later). It introduced additional characters that basically took up the last third of the book and were unnecessary. It wasn't anything special.
Alice
Pour commencer, un petit rappel rapide de l'histoire de ce livre: Jane Austen en a commencé l'écriture quelques mois avant sa mort mais n'a malheureusement pas eu le temps, ni la force de le terminer. Cela laissa place à de nombreuses spéculations et différents auteurs ont depuis décidé de l'achever, avec plus ou moins de brio.

Nous y rencontrons les Parker, un couple fort sympathique vivant à Sanditon et ayant décidés de faire de leur village, la nouvelle destination à la mode. Et pour lui fa
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Laurel
After 35 years, this continuation remains one of best Austenesque novels

Last unfinished works by acclaimed novelist have an irresistible attraction. Inevitably someone will want to complete them. Psychologically we all want closure in our own lives as well as our literature. I readily admit when I first read Sanditon, Jane Austen’s last unfinished novel, and came to the last lines in chapter 12, “Poor Mr. Hollis! It was impossible not to feel him hardly used: to be obliged to stand back in his o
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Susan
I actually read Sanditon online. It's only 12 chapters long and it doesn't take long to read at all, more's the pity. It's the start of a lovely novel. The part that Jane Austen finished, before she sickened and died, is utterly charming.

It did not take long to love Charlotte Heywood almost as much as Elizabeth Bennet. Charlotte enjoys laughing at the ridiculousness around her just as much as Lizzy does. Charlotte has plenty of ridiculous to laugh at: There are the Parker siblings, who always t
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Alice
Je ne vais pas revenir sur le gâchis que fut la mort de Jane Austen si jeune ou encore débattre du droit d'achever l'oeuvre d'une autre ou non. Le sujet est délicat et chacun a son opinion sur le sujet, mais lorsque les choses sont faites avec passion et respect à la fois, il est plus facile de se laisser convaincre.

En me lançant dans cette (re)lecture, je retrouve d'abord avec ravissement la plume de Jane Austen. C'est amusant quand même de se rendre compte à quel point cela ne cesse jamais d
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Andrea Hickman Walker
I've never bothered with Sanditon because Austen didn't finish it and, really, no one could manage to complete it properly. I found this at the Simon's Town Library sale and couldn't resist, since it was cheap and right in front of me. Apparently this version is the one that was completed by a woman who sometimes calls herself Marie Dobbs and sometimes Ann Telscombe and quite possibly other things as well. Austen wrote the first eleven chapters before her illness caused her to be too weak to con ...more
Tina
Considering who wrote this story, this review might ramble. This story is about Charlotte Heywood, though you wouldn’t be able to tell that right away by reading it. Austen spends the first five chapters dwelling on the Parkers and their obsession with the beach town Sanditon. Additionally, Charlotte’s introduction into the story was very subtle and, strangely, there is never a detailed depiction of Charlotte’s character. All of her qualities are expressed through the dialogue of other character ...more
Kressel Housman
If you’re a Jane Austen fan, you may already know about “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” a retelling of Pride and Prejudice as a 21st century vlog. The characters even have Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you can “friend” and “follow” them. The cast and crew are really young, and so was their target audience, but fans of all ages are into it, and I’m living proof.

“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” is finished now; Darcy and Lizzie are a couple. The big question amongst the fans was, “Which novel comes n
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Paige
Let me start by saying I was given this book as a gift, and would never have chosen the "completed" version if it had been up to me. That said, I liked the set up of the novel and it could have been a great accomplishment if Austen ever finished it. Once I ventured into Chapters 12-34, it was clear the author was no Austen. I think Austen would have approved of the overall story arc, and the style was a decent imitation, but this scholar often wrote with phrases and a perspective that could not ...more
Liz
I read the unfinished version last year and was left very unsatisfied, wondering what happened. So Laura sent me her version which is finished by "Another Lady". I really enjoyed it. I liked the heroine Charlotte Heywood. I am not the most discerning of readers, but I thought "Another Lady" continued the story fairly seamlessly.
Alana
This was the novel on which Jane Austen was working at the time of her death. It has a delightful opening, introducing us to some intriguing characters. Only about 1/4 if the book was done Austen, the rest finished by the imagination of a much later authoress. She makes a valiant effort and the story is pleasant enough but it lacks that little bit of spunk and flair that make the rest of Austen's works click. The ending is just not quite believable and Thai small lack of flair makes it more obvi ...more
Meredith
As I read this book, I couldn't help but wonder what Jane Austen would have done with it if she had lived. Would it have turned out the way this did? Probably not-this was a little melodramatic for Austen (even though I personally loved it). And sure, the style was a little bit off. Frankly, it was easier to read than a genuine Jane Austen book (although I really love her style, it can be a bit dense sometimes). I guess I'll never really know what Jane Austen would have written unless we meet in ...more
Kate
I am stuck in Austencontinuationworld. This one, however, is one of my favorites - a completed Sanditon which is very amusing, fairly true to Austen's style (or at least perhaps Georgette Heyer's style), and didn't get all religious or pornarific. Charlotte, our heroine, reminds me of Catherine Morland for some reason and the most is made of the setting of a small coastal town looking to attract tourists. The ending is a bit silly, but not enough to be bothered by (and I've read some pretty bad ...more
Jacq Jardin
i didn't know there have been several completions of Sanditon by other writers. i would've picked two so i could compare but this is the only one available at the library. i have to say it was more fun reading elizabeth bennet than charlotte heywood. bennet was more interesting, moer feisty. then again, i should remember that jane austen never finished this book, and probably never even got to revise the first few chapters she wrote. i really, really wonder how Jane Austen might've ended this ha ...more
QNPoohBear
An Austen enthusiast who goes by "Another Lady" completed Jane Austen's unfinished fragment of a 7th novel. During one summer at the seaside town of Sandition, Charlotte Heywood meets the colorful local characters and tries to avoid losing her heart to the jokester Sidney Parker while trying to entertain his two friends. She also befriends the shy Miss Lambe and tries to avoid the confidences of Clara Brereton and steer clear of the repulsive Sir Edward. It's a busy summer in Sandition and if Ja ...more
Nanie
Parti à la recherche d'un chirurgien qui pourrait s'installer dans sa nouvelle station balnéaire, Mr Parker et sa femme font la connaissance de la famille Heywood. Après les avoir aidés à remettre sur pied Mr Parker et son attelage, ce dernier propose à l'ainée des filles Heywood de venir passer quelques temps à Sanditon. Voila comment Miss Charlotte Heywood découvre la station, en qualité d'invité de la famille Parker.
Jane Austen débute l'écriture de ce roman alors qu'elle est gravement malad
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Jane Greensmith
I enjoyed the part that Austen wrote, tried to keep an open mind about the part that Shapiro wrote, but found myself skimming and gritting my teeth. I found the completion dull, the heroine self-righteous, and the writing just so-so.

I wanted to love this but I think the completion from the 1970's, by Another Lady, to be much better. It's silly in part, but at least it made me laugh and held my interest.
Anita
I thought the "other lady" did a pretty good job of completing Jane Austen's last novel, but wished she had lived to do it herself. I'm sure the story line was close to what Jane Austen would have done -- lots of tension, broken hearts, regrets and happy endings (except for the scoundrel in the story) -- but I thought the "Other Lady" got a little sloppy in style as she went along. A fun beach read, though.
Catherine
The chapters written by Austen were good--the typical Jane style although a little slow. The story really started to drag once the other author took over though. And though I give the other author credit for trying to imitate Austen, it just didn't quite work. There was not much social commentary or character development. Ultimately I ended up not finishing this one. So sad Austen couldn't complete it.
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“You see, I am a very prosaic, unromantic, sensible sort of fellow myself; and I have always had my heart set on finding the most sensible, prudent, level-headed wife in the world. But, on the other hand, it is very important to me that she possess one very particular flaw: she must have no sense whatsoever where I myself am concerned. She would only have to take one look at me and - no matter what her steadiness of mind - she would lose it in the space of seconds... Just lately, I have sometimes thought I may have found what I have always wanted. But just lately I have also noticed she has developed a most irritating habit of looking at the ground whenever we are together. Do you think she could try to overcome it? Well, Charlotte, are you going to look at me now?” 4 likes
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