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Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet?: Further Puzzles in Classic Fiction

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In this sequel to his popular works Is Heathcliff a Murderer? and Can Jane Eyre Be Happy?, John Sutherland unravels thirty-four new literary puzzles, once again combining erudition with bold investigative speculation. In addition to these new conundrums, Professor Sutherland revisits some previous puzzles with the help of readers who offer their own ingenious solutions and ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 23rd 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Bry
Note: This rating only pertains to approximately 5 of the essays in the book which is comprised of about 30-35 essays. I read the ones that addressed Jane Austen's works, Alice in Wonderland, and North and South.

I picked this book up at the library because of the intriguing title, which is also the title of one of the essay's in the book. It is also one of the shortest essays - so it was a bit of misleading title.

The book addresses 'puzzles' within classic literature and the author, John Suther
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Richard Thomas
One the series of literary conundrums by John Sutherland. It is both entertaining and thought provoking in setting out the enigmas created in great writing.
Margie
Dammit, now I have to read a bunch of classics. I will now admit publicly that I have never read The Mill on the Floss. Or Daniel Deronda.

However, this book is enjoyable even if you don't know the books (though it certainly helps, and some of the puzzles might be spoilers). It's best to read these separately rather than in one sitting. Otherwise one might start to feel that the questions/puzzles are a bit forced, and some of the answers a bit of a stretch. But overall, fun.

I found this book ref
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sherdnerdess
I only just got this from Bookcrossing and was so enthralled, I had to start it immediately. This is the third in a series of analyses on classic literary conundrums or inconsistencies. The specific volume discusses a variety of novels, including Austen, Gaskell, Thackeray and many others but Dickens has the largest coverage. All are interesting in their own way and I discovered it does help to at least know the vague story in whatever title is under scrutiny, although not necessarily to have re ...more
Lora
Boy, do I feel ignorant: out of 34 chapters in this book, I have read only 7 of the titles discussed. Just about 20%. Apparently, my Brit Lit class needed to be 5 times longer than it was!

Of the ones with which I'm familiar:
How do the Cratchits cook Scrooge's turkey? (A Christmas Carol)-- ...because, after all, it is huge and delivered in the middle of the day on Christmas and needs to have the feathers removed, etc. Sutherland's solution is that they ate in the middle of the night, causing Bob
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russell barnes
Jul 04, 2010 russell barnes rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to russell by: Laura Jordan
Shelves: nonfiction, classics
Brilliant - And it's still got my original Dymocks gift card in Laura!

It's amazing, picking out oddities in great literature and then going through the eccentricities. It's much better than my description makes it.
Aliza
A quick, fun read which provides some fun information about the 19th century, and made me want to read a number of classics I'd never thought to bother with before.
John
Interesting, incisive and frequently amusing analysis of seemingly inexplicable plot anomalies within various pieces of classical literature.
Jamie
Perfect to be read while riding the light rail, if only for the hilarity of people reacting to the Christmas-colored cover.
John
Aug 19, 2007 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Victorian lit
Third in the author's series of Victorian literature "puzzles"; however, those books really don't need to be read in order.

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John Andrew Sutherland is an English lecturer, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author.

Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964. He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, an
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