I learned a lot, along with the author, about what Ms. Austen's novels were about: friendship, family, romance, love, making mistakes, wisdom vs. wit, character, feelings, making choices, change, learning, new experiences, boredom, loyalty, inner riches, reading, being useful, community, intimacy, and thinking.
Wow! I had no idea. And all that in just six novels written before her death in 1817 at the age of forty-one.
Really, this was a fascinating book and one I highly recommend. It won't matter if, like me, you have only read one of Ms. Austen's novels, the education is here. I highlighted many, many passages. I must say that sharing Mr. D's insights and experiences with the characters - Elizabeth Bennet, Emma, Anne Elliot, Catherine Morland, sisters Marianne and Elinor, and Fanny Price - has inspired me to give Our Jane another try.
I definitely want to read this. I've been having a Jane Austen hankering lately, not only to read one of her novels, but to read something about her. This one goes on the list.ReplyDelete
Kathy, this is a great one for so many reasons. I loved reading excerpts from some of Austen's letters, her novels, and learning about the circumstances of her life. I most likely will read it again!Delete
Sounds like my kind of book! I love Austen. There are so many books about her. There's a new one on courtship. But I prefer the memoirs:)ReplyDelete
Kat, I really didn't know all that much about Austen so this was quite an education not only on her and her life but also her novels. And, I think coming from the perspective of a man makes the insights all the more intriguing.Delete
Looks like a great book to look for. Will check the library first. Thanks for the recommendation.ReplyDelete
Joyce in KS
P.S. Our library consortium didn't have the book so off to Amazon to order for a total of $4. That way I can underline, highlight, etc. to my heart's content.ReplyDelete
Joyce in KS
Glad you could find a copy, Joyce. I think you will enjoy reading it. What a bargain price!Delete
I read this book, too and, like you, really enjoyed it. Each of his "lessons" gave me a new take on books that I've read and loved for years.ReplyDelete
I think it was a great look at Austen and her writing. I hope to read it again before it is due back at the library. Glad you liked it, Lark!Delete