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  • Paperback: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press; 1 edition (April 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843911450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843911456
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,057,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?To the Austenites who stop this side of idolatry and who thought they had heard the last of Jane's sublime gossip, The Watsons comes like a windfall in a blighted summer.?-Christian Century --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Author of the masterpieces Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the best-loved novelists of all time.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Not a completion! Jan. 21 2008
By GAKDragon - Published on
Format: Paperback
The edition of Jane Austen's "The Watsons" that was published with a foreward by Kate Atkinson is merely a published copy of Jane's original fragment!! It is NOT a completion, like the one John Coates wrote! Unfortunately, the "paperback" link on his page redirects you here. Please take note of this before you buy it, and decide for yourself if you want to purchase only half of the story (also, it's a fragment that's available in the public domain for free).
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Splendid completion by Coates April 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Just when you thought there were no more Jane Austin works to read, this splendid book appeared, dog-eared in a used paperback (!) format. Well worth the search. A fourth sister is reunited with her three impoverished sisters, all in need of husbands - each sister is distinctly drawn, as, to a slightly lesser degree, are their swains. If you can forgive the presumption of Mr. Coates, you will welcome his ready wit and eye for detail. There is as always, a sister who is correct and sensible and striving to be well-behaved, but it is the encounters of the badly-behaved sisters which are truly enjoyable. Better than the (also good) completion of Sanditon, by "another lady."
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
WARNING!!! Feb. 5 2011
By Cindy Wyneken - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Be very careful! Amazon has not given you enough information! Jane Austen never finished "The Watsons" so what they are selling here is either a FRAGMENT of a novel, or a novel finished BY SOMEONE ELSE. They don't say which!! I recommend NOT buying this until you know what you're buying.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing July 25 2006
By Cheryl Simmons - Published on
Format: Paperback
Being a Jane Austen fan, I was very excited by the prospect of a new book. Talking about disappointment. First I was disappointed that Amazon would offer this to me at the price I paid since it's thinner than a steno pad. Secondly I felt like I was left hanging. There is nothing worse than to get caught up in a story and have it end with nothing resolved. If you must read this, don't buy it, until you read it. That way if you do decide to buy, you'll know what you're getting. I gave it 2 stars because it is Jane Austen.
The Beginning to an Interesting Austen Read.. Oct. 22 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This fragment of a novel takes a slice of Emma Watson's life and details the events that take place in a rather short time, giving us a very full picture of characters lives, personalities and flaws. Emma Watson, having been brought up by her aunt and uncle, is prompted to return home after the passing of the latter-left with no reaon to remain since her aunt decidedly chooses to restart her life with a new man. Being away from her father (who is now ill) and siblings for well over ten years, not only does Emma hardly know any of them, she must also learn how to figure them all out. This also means she must rely on the opinions shared with her by others - where rivalry is at the core of it all.

Upon her arrival, her eldest sister, Elizabeth brings her to the wealthy Edwards' ball where she is to meet other influential people such as the Osborne's and a certain Tom Musgrave, who has apparently captured the heart of one of her sisters; Penelope. Emma, however, has already a biased opinion of Tom based on Elizabeth's portrayal of him. We quickly understand that a lot of this bad mouthing is the result of Elizabeth's prior interest in Tom- to then become outshone and defeated by Penelope...

We also meet her brother, Robert, and his very manipulative wife, Jane- who doesn't seem to like any of her sister-in-laws at all. Margaret (another of Emma's sisters) who spent some time with them both, is especially a target for Jane. As for Robert- he is definitely not happy that Emma is back home, penniless from having been totally neglected in her late uncle's will. He also blames the aunt for her flimsiness in darting off with a new man. Amidst all this, Emma feels like a lost soul- completely different from her siblings. Having experienced nothing but love and kindness from her aunt and uncle, all of this jealousy and opposition amongst her siblings is perplexing to her as well as quite stressful.

The story does not come to any particular conclusion- although, at the end there is a snippet from the Second Edition of the Memoir that talks about the intended story and how it would have continued and ended. Reading the Watsons was almost like watching a sneak peak from a soap- where you can pop in at any time and immediately understand the plot and what is going on. I truly enjoyed the break, entertainment and a brief look at another of Jane Austen's delectable works...

Hungry for a quick Austen book?- The Watsons, I'd say, is the best snack-read ever!

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