— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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June 4, 2010

What I'm reading now

After a wonderful burst of reading, I haven't been reading as much this week. Last night, I started Stephen Benatar's Wish her safe at home.  I don't remember where I heard about this book, but it was most likely one of the book/reading blogs I've been discovering. (I did add a lot of books to my reading list!) I wish I hadn't read the introduction (although it was interesting), because my perception of the characters was set and it would have been more fun to gradually discover Rachel's set of mind.  I've just finished the scene where she's on the train, with Pride and Prejudice in her lap, and she turns to her seatmate and says something un-Jane Austenish.

Oh, I did read something else:  Dearest Cousin Jane, by Jill Pithkealey. It's hard not to be tempted by all the Jane Austen sequels and prequels, and even novels about Jane Austen, that are turning up everywhere. A lot of them just aren't very good.  This one focuses on the relationship between Jane and her cousin, Eliza de Feuillide. If you don't know much about Jane Austen's life, or even if you do, this is an interesting retelling of some episodes in it.  The characterizations (except the waspish ones) are bland, and even though the author imagines some motivations and conversations that might well have happened, the book would have been better if  she had done more of that.  It was entertaining enough, though.

1 comment:

Vintage Reading said...

I've read The Jane Austen Book Group but I've never been able to get into the sequels/prequels etc. If you can recommend a good one, I'll give it a go.

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