The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet
Everyone knows the story of Elizabeth and Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. But what about their sister Mary? At the conclusion of Jane Austen's classic novel, Mary, bookish, awkward, and by all accounts, unmarriageable, is sentenced to a dull, provincial existence in the backwaters of Britain. Now, master storyteller Colleen McCullough rescues Mary from her dreary fate...more
The author completely rewrites the personalities of all the major characters so that they only resemble the original characters of Pride and Prejudice in name alone. The author describes Mary Bennett as having lived years of boredom with her mother, an odd description given Jane Austen described Mary as the type of person who was for...more
Anyone who's been married understands there are bad times and bad days, but to tell me that Darcy and Elizabeth have been unhappy since their marriage...and to have Darcy think that it wasn't worth marrying down is ridiculous and not true to the character Austen built. In addition to this, Darcy apparently practically rapes Elizabeth on their wedding night...more
From reading through the other reviews briefly, I gather that many people don't like the direction that McCullough chose for the characters, especially the direction of Lizzie and Darcy's marriage. I myself didn't mind, because basically anythi...more
While the character of Mary as an approaching middle-aged spinster wasn't bad the whole thing just didn't 'feel' like Pride and Prejudice. It was like reading a story that happened to have characters that were all named for the characters in Pride and Prejudice. I might have liked the story better if there had been n...more
The book's only redeeming feature is that Mary Bennett has some spunk. However, it was a let down in terms of both narrative, style and plot. This book not only lacks memorable quotable sentences of 'Pride and Prejudice', also does't pr...more
Lydia returns to the Pemberley following the death of her...more
To refresh some of you, Mary is the middle daughter and next younger sister to Elizabeth Bennet of the famous Pride and Prejudice Bennet family.
She is plain, pedantic, bookish, very religious, plays the piano and cannot sing, but she does anyway. Austen clearly did not care for this character but 20th century readers recognize her as a modern woman tr...more
Mary is a perfect candidate for a spin off because there’s not much about her in Pride and Prejudice. She’s a dull person who is too pious and serious. Mary is the fun police, the kill joy. Mary is the middle child with no close relationships in her family. Elde...more
I started out with the familiar jolt of seeing some of my favorite characters changed-- inevitably changed, since time can't stand still, and the Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane, and everyone else would have of course changed since the closing of...more
She’s created literary pilgrimages to Rome, to outback sheep stations, and latterly traced the well-trodden estates of late Georgian era pastoral England, but to visit Colleen McCullough these days, you enter a lift in a nice but unremarkable Pyrmont apartment building close to Sydney’s...more
Elizabeth la saggia, Lydia la frivola, Kitty la mondana, Jane la bella, Mary la timida.
Generazioni di lettrici hanno pianto, sperato, sognato insieme alle sorelle Bennet, indimenticabili protagoniste di Orgoglio e pregiudizio. Vent'anni dopo l'epilogo del romanzo della Austen, le ritroviamo qui al fianco di mariti devoti, distratti o crudeli; assediate dalla malinconia o dai pettegolezzi; impegnate a crescere i figli o a frequentare circoli alla moda; alle prese con le gioie,...more
Sadly, I was quite disappointed in this book. Had the storyline stayed mostly to the Bennet sister, Mary, it would have proved to have been very enjoyable. Yet, destroying my pre-conceived 'happily ever after' notions of Elizabeth...more
Whatever impulse made Colleen McCullough jump on the Jane Austen bandwagon should have remained inside of her. This novel purports to be...more
Any Janeite who makes it to the third chapter of The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet is in my opinion free to think author Colleen McCullough an impudent rapscallion.
I am confident that she will have no problem agreeing with me since she admitted that her motivation in writing a sequel to Pride and Prejudice was to stick it to the literati. Since it is doubtful that the good men and women of the arts and letters will read this nov...more
I'll just say it upfront, though: if you're in love with Mr. Darcy, don't read this book. He's the villian of the first 3/4 of the book. McCullough's interpretation of his character is unkind and (in my opinion) not very acc...more
She grew up during World War II. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered dermatitis from surgical soap and was told to abandon her dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Instead,...more