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Austenland by Shannon Hale
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Jun 24, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: feministy, giggles, writing-on-writing
Read from June 23 to 24, 2012 — I own a copy

More contrived and disjointed than Hale's books for younger audiences, but still full of her writing's disarmingly honest romantic optimism. Which is vague and abstract of me to say, but it's the only way I can think of to explain the way that this ought-to-be-guilty-pleasure/chick-lit book manages to (self-consciously) rise above its own cliches.

Some of my favorite moments:
a description of the sunlight as "scratching" (which I can't find but I swear I didn't just imagine)
"There was that Regency rule that single women weren't supposed to walk out alone except in the morning, but Jane had a headache, and nothing goes worse with a headache than rules" (page 62).
"The cold and the dark night rubbed against the blue light and the sound of the game..." (page 63)

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