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Sanditon var den sista roman, som Jane Austen skrev. Dessvärre hann hon aldrig fullfölja den före sin död. 1975 fullbordades den dock genom Marie Dobbs försorg.

Boken är skriven av Jane Austen och en annan dam. Det sistnämnda anspelar på att Austens böcker gavs ut anonymt under hennes livstid. Stolthet och fördom angavs därför vara skriven "av en dam". Hennes påföljande böc...more
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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
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
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
[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...more
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...more
A satirical look at 19th-century 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....more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
This is one of the more visually interesting editions of a Jane Austen novel that I own—admittedly I'm a little confused as to why there is a chicken on the cover, but it is striking.

I'm never sure, when reading Sanditon, if it reads as it does because it was a rough draft written by a woman already very ill, or if it is evidence of a change in Austen's writing style. In its subject matter and themes, it feels more early Victorian than Regency. With such a small scrap of a novel, it's hard to d...more
Diane S.
2.5 It seems that one is either and Jane Austen fan or one is not. I apparently am not. It n=may have been the fashion of the time, to use twenty words when 5 will suffice but all that round and round just makes my head hurt. I do like her ironic perception on how people secretly feel and view others but in this one there is not much of that. So this will be my last Jane Austen and I cannot say I am sorry. After all many people dislike Middle march and I love it.
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...more
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...more
This review pertains to the Hesperus edition of the original and never completed story "Sanditon" by Jane Austen. For a Jane Austen fan, reading this work is bittersweet. While it is one final taste of her ingenious use of satire, it very much leaves the reader wishing for the rest of the novel and, indeed, imagining what other works she would have written had she been given more time.
The story begins with a carriage accident and an ensuing conversation of a delightfully ridiculous nature betwe...more
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
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...more
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
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.
Madeline Wright
I should admit that I only read this so that I would be ready to experience the "Welcome to Sanditon" webseries which starts today ( The book itself is an unfinished story/manuscript by Jane Austen that doesn't quite have much of a plot. Storywise it's a sparse, meandering introduction to the place and the people involved in a health resort town by the sea called Sanditon.

There's also a bit of backstory about the Denhams and the Parker family with several hypochondriac me...more
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
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
Fabiola G.
Why, Jane? Why? - Pt. 2

Di nuovo assegno 3* - come era precedentemente accaduto per I Watson - non perché creda che l'opera valga effettivamente tre stelline, ma perché è un'opera incompiuta e non mi sembra "giusto" eccedere.
Ancora una volta, è stato un trauma vedere interrotta una pontenziale bella storia così, eppure lo sapevo, cavolo.
Purtroppo stavolta la "colpa" è da addossare alla malattia della povera zia Jane ("abbandonerà" lo scritto in marzo per morire poi a luglio dello stesso anno).

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.
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.
Cheryl Jensen
The book completed by "Another Lady" is not pure Austen, but close enough to be really enjoyable and entertaining. Charlotte is given the opportunity to spend several weeks in a seaside town where she meets with a variety of interesting characters and an intrigue she can't quite figure out. Of course it involves an engaging and eligible young man, and we know Austen always ends most satisfactorily.
I really enjoyed this book. Anne Telscombe managed to sound similar to Austen. The plot and characters were well-developed, and the ending didn't feel rushed as Julia Barrett's did. I particularly enjoyed Telscombe's portrayal of Sydney. I would highly recommend this to all Austen fans.
Of course I had to read "Sanditon", if only because it's preparation for the latest adaptation of a Jane Austen piece by the people who produced "The Lizzie Bennett Diaries". The story is unfinished, so I'm curious to see how they will make it work.
I forgot how much I love Jane Austen's take on English society in the Regency era : ) The characters' daily lives are perceived as whimsical and dramatic and the only steadfast person in a cast of crazy people is the heroine herself!
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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) 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.

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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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