Tag Archives: Jane Austen

Three novels: old and new.

While packing, getting ready to return to England, traveling, waiting around, being jet-lagged etc I re-read Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Mr Pip, by a new to me author, Lloyd Jones, re-using the theme of Dickens’ Great Expectations, and Madeleine L’Engle’s A … Continue reading

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More Jane Austen

The Stanhopes, a novel within a novel in The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, by Syrie James, reads more like a real Jane Austen novel than any of the other Janeite attempts I have read. It’s almost like finding another real … Continue reading

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Northanger Abbey X 2

The Austen Project‘s second publication was Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid. As with Sense and Sensibility, I read it alongside the original, with great enjoyment. Northanger Abbey is, of course, Jane Austen’s comment on gothic novels, and contains her musing … Continue reading

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Sense and Sensibility X 2

All of Jane Austen’s novels are being published anew, written as set in the modern world, by modern popular novelists. P&P has had this treatment already, and spin-offs, such as Bridget Jones’ Diary and Death Comes to Pemberley, but I … Continue reading

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When Death comes to Pemberley: P.D.James. 21st century reading

Two genres, two readers. Bud reads murder mysteries and I read Jane Austen spin-offs, so this is a book we both read ( as well as books like The Tome – to be blogged some day- in which I am … Continue reading

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Only a novel: Welcome to the World, Baby Girl, by Fannie Flagg

“And what are you reading, Miss –?” “Oh! it is only a novel!” replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. “It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, orBelinda“; or, in short, only some work … Continue reading

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