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Eligible

A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Durée : 13 h et 21 min
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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From the "wickedly entertaining" (USA Today) Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times best-selling author of Prep and American Wife, comes a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Equal parts homage to Jane Austen and bold literary experiment, Eligible is a brilliant, playful, and delicious saga for the 21st century.

This version of the Bennet family - and Mr. Darcy - is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help - and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling, and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master's degree and barely leaves her room except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won't discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane's 40th birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip's friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming....

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Austen's beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

©2016 Curtis Sittenfeld (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critiques

"Narrator Cassandra Campbell's lively narration complements Sittenfeld's sharply observed and witty updates. She voices Darcy, now an accomplished, if snobby, neurosurgeon, in a dry and understated style, contrasting him beautifully with the often exasperated and indignant Liz, a magazine writer. Especially notable is Campbell's handling of party scenes, in which the five Bennet sisters and assorted other characters interact in rapid-fire dialogue. To Campbell's credit, each character remains clearly distinguishable through subtle vocal variations. Sittenfeld's retelling is smart and funny, and Campbell's performance highlights the novel's many strengths." ( AudioFile)

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Cringe-worthy

While I knew that I was getting myself into a trashy chick-lit "retelling", and my expectations were already quite low, I still hoped the book would at least be entertaining. The reality tv setting was ridiculous, but I had expected that. Yet not only does the story get itself into unncessary twists, trying to fit every possible "relevant issue" into the narrative, it is way too long, with completely superfluous descriptions of restaurant orders or makeup routines, but the main characters, Elizabeth and Darcy, were just terrible. Liz is extremely annoying, described often as trying to be "fakely chirpy", and Cassandra Campbell's narration does her no justice, turning the already superficial heroine into either ditzy or bitchy. Darcy is completely flat and there is no real romance between them, except for when Liz suggests *cringe* "hate sex". Avoid

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  • Nina
  • 04/08/2017

Very entertaining but disappointing speaker

Although I'm not completely convinced that this modern Darcy would fall for the modern Liz Bennett, that may be due to the speaker. I have heard several of her other performances and strongly dislike her intonation (right term?) there. Here she is tolerable, although I'm afraid she may distort the character of Liz to such a degree as to call Darcy's total devotion into question. And yes, the author has sprinkled vulgar language throughout the book. Still, it' such a good story that I can't help give it 5 stars.

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  • guteseele
  • 18/08/2016

Very easy listen and witty adaptation

If you treat Jane Austen with blind deference and deem sex, swearing and pop culture vulgar you definitely should stay in your sweet and dated Jane-universe and away from this funny and well-thought-out update.
This book is so witty in transforming J.A.'s smart and satiric observations on society and love into a 2013 Cincinnati family and love story that continually comments on social absurdities and common prejudice against people outside the mainstream. Every detail and transformation is so interesting and striking that the whole story works. There are quite a few details where Sittenfeld chooses to leave the pattern of Jane Austen's original. Mostly, as in the case of Catherine de Burgh, Lydia, Mr Bennet and Cousin Willy I really like the update because it's either less sexist or more realistic than in P&P. E.g. Lydia's vulgarity and carelessness are commented on but in a two-fold way. She actually is a strong and free character. In that way, social norms are dealt with much freer than in Jane Austen.
Mostly, it is such an easy listen and the "S.T." between Darcy and Liz is boiling.
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HEligible,’ Curtis Sittenfeld’s Update of Jane Austen