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Sanditon and Other Stories by Jane Austen
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Mar 14, 09

bookshelves: prose, novel
Read in March, 2009

I didn't actually finish this, but I got as far as I was going to, I think. This is an unfinished novel, so at a certain point it dissolves into something that looks more like notes than an actual story. So it's more scholarly interest than anything.

Basically, reading this was pretty sad b/c I could see the flashes of potential for a great novel -- possibly a larger, more ambitious social novel, the kind you could see Jane reaching towards before she pulled back, in 'Mansfield Park.' And knowing that she died (probably of breast cancer, for which there obviously wasn't any treatment at the time) shortly after she put down this manuscript (which was partly a satire of the medical establishment of the time) is extra sad.

I was mostly reading this as preparation for Reginald Hill's "Price of Butcher's Meat", to help me catch the allusions, so now I can move onto that book, which is the cool part.
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