BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett

BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett

Wildfire
September 2017
Hardcover, $19.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Humour / Parody / Classics

9/10

CLASSIC TAILS – the greatest works of literature, as told by the finest breeds.

We all have our favourite classic novels; books that have been beloved to us since childhood, whose wonderful stories and rich tapestry of characters are unsurpassed in modern literature. How, you may ask, could these marvellous works ever be improved upon?

Reader, ask no more…for we present:

PUGS AND PREJUDICE

Mrs Bennet has five unmarried daughters, living in a house that can only be inherited by a male heir. The Bennet litter must be married off soon – but to whom?

Adorable Mr Bingley seems like a perfect match for beautiful and sweetly tempered Jane Bennet; and perhaps his dashing but aloof companion Mr Darcy might be just right for her witty sister Elizabeth?

Or perhaps not…

This book has everything you adored about Jane Austen’s classic novel – the wit, the warmth, the love story – with everything the original lacked – namely, a colourful cast of adorable pugs dressed head to paw in Georgian clothing.

Turns out Mr Darcy is even more lovable with a fuzzy muzzle.

 

This is a gorgeous new take on an old classic, and a must for Austen fans.

Of its 60 pages, half of these are taken up by full-colour illustrations, and the condensed story lends itself well to young or reluctant readers, or those who want to get the gist of the original before diving into the full-length novel, as well as existing fans.

There are plenty of funny and quotable moments due to the changing of the characters from human beings to anthropomorphic animals.

Soon the Bennet family had an unexpected guest – Mr Collins, their pompous clergypug cousin. His reason for visiting was unclear, but he seemed reluctant to leave a dismayed Elizabeth’s side. ‘I am happy on every occasion,’ he cousin slobbered on her gallantly, ‘to offer little delicate compliments which are always acceptable to bitches.’

It’s honestly the read of about fifteen minutes, but this is the kind of book that Austen fans might not know exists, but as soon as they do, they need to have it in their lives.

Now… point me in the direction of the rest of this series!

BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett

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