It seemed like the perfect time to read MR. DARCY BROKE MY HEART since I am currently re-reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, perhaps for the fifteeth time, bIt seemed like the perfect time to read MR. DARCY BROKE MY HEART since I am currently re-reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, perhaps for the fifteeth time, but this time for a class. I had recently just borrowed the film as well- the one starring Keira Knightley- and fell in love with this adaptation all over again. Although I haven't had a chance to read the other Jane Austen novels yet, I've been an avid fan since I first read a children's adaptation of the novel.
MR. DARCY BROKE MY HEART is another one of those novels that show how much the classic still speaks to us, two hundred years later. Beth Patillo is not the first, and definitely not the last, to write a novel based on this classic romance from the Romantics period. This novel in particular is about the existence of the first draft of the classic, first named FIRST IMPRESSIONS, which is said to have been burned by Jane Austen's sister, Cassandra. Claire Prescott, the heroine in this novel, imagines herself to be Elizabeth Bennet, who comes across the first manuscript of the missing draft, and its basically her adventure and journey through love and its trials.
Being the Jane Austen fan that I am though, as much as I liked Pattillo's creativity with writing up what she imagines the first draft of FIRST IMPRESSIONS to be, I have to say that Claire Prescott is no Elizabeth Bennett. James and Neil are no Darcy and Fitzwilliam. There are aspects of the novel that drew me in (how cool would it be to really read the first manuscript of Jane Austen's work) but it failed to really do any justice as a novel itself. I have no objections to novels that adapts already-written classics and stories - in fact, I loved THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB and I plan to read other adaptations of this beloved classic- but MR. DARCY BROKE MY HEART is still lacking. It was an enjoyable and short read, but didn't quite reach the expectations I had, though I suppose it is hard to live up to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE....more
This book is a collection of teacher interviews from Chicago about their experiences with principals and how they ultimately see it affects their schoThis book is a collection of teacher interviews from Chicago about their experiences with principals and how they ultimately see it affects their schools. The book first starts with a simple survey for the teachers and goes into different sections of categories that their interview topic covers.
I am currently a Teacher Candidate in an university in Canada. When you're in the program, your professors try to promote the career, which makes sense since they are training you to eventually become professionals. They also try to give you a glimpse of the real circumstances out in the workfield. And this is definitely seen when we're out as Student Teachers in classrooms. I've known some teachers who actually warn us Student Teachers the reality of the job and how you have to really love teaching. I think that if a survey was done here, the response might be a little more positive. I'm a little sad and shocked to read about some of the stories that the teachers in this book told and you realize just how political this job can be. It's definitely given me a lot to think about in regards to the profession. The responses were honest because everything was kept anonymous but still, in reading a book like this, you have to remember that there is a certain bias and perspective going on here.
All in all, an eye-opening and honest book. I'll recommend it to any one interested in teaching, as it gives a different perspective into principals that you might not consider before going into the profession. One thing for sure, Chicago might be the last place I'll try to find a job at... I think Canadian teachers have it pretty good, for teachers anyways....more
Despite the title of the book, I think that any woman can read this book and gain from it. Perhaps even men can read it and learn a little something.Despite the title of the book, I think that any woman can read this book and gain from it. Perhaps even men can read it and learn a little something. Either way, the book does not exactly promote relationships of older woman, younger man so much as it does in empowering women to just be more open to options. A chapter is dedicated for women to be more self-confident and think better of themselves. The book is not based on just Targosz's opinions but research that she's actually done. Some of the material actually surprised me. Though I have to admit that I didn't finish the entire book. I'm currently not in that situation and stage in my life, and some of the material just didn't apply to me. It is a book that I know I will go back to one day and I definitely recommend it to women of all ages interested in men of all ages. However, all you guys will have to wait until it comes out later this year. But definitely find a chance to read some of it....more
I play the piano myself. And so the parts of the novel that speak of the joy that the music can give a person, I totally understood. The story about MI play the piano myself. And so the parts of the novel that speak of the joy that the music can give a person, I totally understood. The story about Maria and her daughter Melissa, I thought was heartwrenching. The story about Elsa and Grant... well, I'm not sure if it's because of the language in which it's written... but I found it hard to really get into. I think it was focused so much on this story, that for a few chapters, I forgot that the novel started in a more modern time. I think I would have liked it if the story were to go back between the two eras. But besides that, I thought it was a good story. About how the past and the present can sometimes conflict but how it's also possible to embrace both without losing out on things. Recommended for those who like a little history and a little romance....more