How could I love Ms. Austen yet loathe the Brontes? I think this story is the reason why. It seriously seems like Ms. Austen has her tongue planted fiHow could I love Ms. Austen yet loathe the Brontes? I think this story is the reason why. It seriously seems like Ms. Austen has her tongue planted firmly in her cheek for the entire novel. Which kept me reading with anticipation rather than dread.
The story itself is fairly simple but it's Ms. Austen's way with words and great interactions with her rather dense heroine that make this book great. I also liked that high romance for Catherine really wasn't the focal point even though all the books Catherine reads seem to be romantic bodice rippers.
I am glad I started with this rather than the more famous Pride and Prejudice as it's helped me keep a more open mind to reading the rest of her books and maybe making a more serious effort on reading some of the other classic romance authors....more
Mark Twain can try to beat Ms. Austen about the head all he likes. I'll be there deflecting all the blows! I honestly never thought I'd be saying thatMark Twain can try to beat Ms. Austen about the head all he likes. I'll be there deflecting all the blows! I honestly never thought I'd be saying that but it's true. I had a huge aversion to Gothic and period piece romances and Jane Eyre only reinforced it. Northanger Abbey helped me dabble my toes back in the water and this one has me swimming happily. At least if it's by Jane Austen I'll just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.
While her timing and delivery of some the scenes verge on comedic genius, she also knows when to lay the gorgeous prose in full. Which both work well with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and the bonus being Austen didn't develop a love at first sight but almost a loathe at first sight. This left lots of room for humour, misunderstandings and human error without any or very little hand wringing! Bravo!
I don't think I will ever be a real romance fan but I am a fan of Ms. Austen....more
There will be much hand wringing and moans and whines! From me, not Jane alas, at least this is what I expected on going in. I found myself justified wThere will be much hand wringing and moans and whines! From me, not Jane alas, at least this is what I expected on going in. I found myself justified with this trepidation because the first half of the book was alternately tedious and annoying. Were young girls and women really so impressionable that any odd noise or light at night automatically became a ghost? I may be judging too harshly but didn't they have more real things to terrify them? Such as starvation and sickness. I think this may be why I stuck to Dickens.
I've avoided reading this book for a very long time because I've never been fond of romances or purple prose. I now know where Anne Rice got her love for florid prose and for the word preternatural. I am glad I finally read it so I at least understand what people are talking about and that part of the book was enjoyable.
I was pleased that the Jane was at least rebellious and managed to keep and even convey her opinions and convictions through difficult times. Then she would do an about face and become submissive and servile. I just couldn't get a feeling for the heroine and in some ways this says it all. “You have a very bad disposition” says Mrs. Reed to Jane. Oh the irony! Considering the woman almost kills her, ignores, abuses, rebuffs and then seeks to cheat her out of an inheritance. I am amazed that anyone is so self delusional. Jane turns the other cheek. I am starting to feel that this is just a Christian tract with romantic overtones that will help to sell it. By the end of the book I'm sure of it....more