Sanditon by Jane Austen Review

Sanditon by Jane Austen book review
Sanditon by Jane Austen, Penguin English Library edition, ISBN 97802414333713, 196pp

Reading Sanditon by Jane Austen sent me off on a week long reading and viewing journey. Firstly, Sanditon is only 12 chapters long (Austen died before finishing this book) which was not long enough for me. I loved what I read and I wanted more!

In 12 chapters a whole host of characters are introduced and already the book sparkled with Austen’s wit. At the heart of the book is Charlotte Heywood – a young woman who lives in a tiny country town with her many brothers and sisters. One day a gentleman and his wife, the Parkers, suffer a carriage mishap and the Heywoods take them in.

As a thank you, Mr Parker and his wife invite Charlotte to come and stay with them in Sanditon, a small coastal town which Mr Parker is trying to turn into a fashionable seaside resort. Charlotte is then introduced to a host of amusing and intriguing characters.

“Happy, happy wind, to engage Miss Heywood’s thoughts! – She began to think him downright silly.”

After finishing the book (extract), I watched the Sanditon TV series which is based on the novel. The material from the book is covered by the first 20 minutes of episode one and after that it’s all left to the series creator’s imagination.

While I loved the TV series, it definitely took poetic license with Austen’s work and was raunchier than anything she would ever write. And the ending of the series was terrible! Apparently it was meant to end on a cliffhanger with a second season to follow, but then the show got cancelled in the UK. This forever leaves everything up in the air with some of the characters. Not satisfied with this ending, I then read some Sanditon fan fiction on the internet to try and get a better ending.

And that was my week in the Sanditon universe! Ultimately, I wish that Jane could have finished this book before she died. Now we’ll never know what she had planned for her characters.

The Penguin English Library edition pictured also also includes Lady Susan and The Watsons.

Verdict: A lovely start to a Jane Austen novel but I prefer reading her finished work.

7 thoughts on “Sanditon by Jane Austen Review

  1. readingbystarlightblog January 16, 2020 / 5:02 pm

    I loved hearing your thoughts on all things Sanditon! I stumbled across the series trailer and I was super intrigued – an unfinished Jane Austen novel set in a beach side community? Where do I sign up??? Too bad the series was cancelled. I would have liked to see Sanditon explored deeper. I’m all about period dramas! ❤

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    • Janereads February 12, 2020 / 11:45 am

      I love period dramas too. We can only hope that they will change their minds and bring it back.

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  2. justonemorepaige January 17, 2020 / 9:30 am

    This is such a fascinating situation – to read and base a show on an unfinished work. I am not sure how I feel about it! Clearly the thought behind the adaptation could have used more depth too.

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  3. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins January 23, 2020 / 9:50 am

    Yes! It felt like such a cruel tease! I read the Oxford World Classics edition released last year, and it had a really fascinating well-written introduction that talked a lot about the change in direction it represented for Austen, and speculated as to where it may have ended up… I’ll be avoiding the television series though, everything I’ve heard about it makes me think 👎

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  4. Sophia Ismaa February 13, 2020 / 1:47 am

    I’ve been debating whether to read this and watch the tv series. I think I’m more inclined to read the book, but I think I’ll give the tv series a miss. Disappointed to hear that the tv series used up the source material within the first episode.

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