Welcome to Friday Bookblogging, our weekly (well, most of the time) feature in which we round up news about Jane Austen’s novels, books about Jane Austen’s novels, books inspired by Jane Austen’s novels, and anything related to books and Jane Austen.
Ivy Farguheson reviews Sense and Sensibility (yes!) in the Indiana Star Press.
The story begins with the Dashwoods, Marianne and Elinor among them, discovering that, after the death of their father, the girls’ half brother, John Dashwood, will be the heir of the home. After his wife’s passive aggressive nature causes the women to move with their mother to a cottage on another relative’s land, the two elder girls, Marianne and Elinor, discover what love truly is and how to react to its complex nature.
The topic is as serious today as it was 200 years ago and a look in the self-help aisle of any bookstore will make that clear. But through Austen’s characters, especially Mrs. Jennings, the old woman who makes it her job to know everything about everyone else’s love life, comedy eases the anxiety felt by the sisters and the readers. Love may or may not be given to the girls by the end of the book, but for certain, they will remain strong in who they are.
Alison Flood is all for literary crushes, but doesn’t get the Darcy thing.
Lots of people seem to have a thing for Mr Darcy – I never got that one, his broodiness always struck me as a little dull
Anyone care to enlighten her? 😉 (Don’t ask us, we are Team Tilney!)
How come Jane Austen’s books aren’t on the not on the list of “laugh out loud” fiction?
Jane Austen, whom Kelly adds as an afterthought at the end of his post, also wrote some great comedy: I laughed a lot louder when I read Emma than when I read Catcher in the Rye, which a lot of commenters suggested.
That’s because the New York Times is a bunch of phoneys!
That’s it for this week’s Friday Bookblogging, Gentle Readers; until next time, never forget: Books Are Nice!