July 26th, 2012

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Pocket Reviews pt.1: Jane Austen

Jane Austen's (1775–1817) six finished and published novels (there are fragments of more) have continuously inspired and amazed a worldwide readership. Her work is not just about romance, not just about the ugly swan, the poor Cinderella. What makes Austen so unique is her ability of observation for her time, her society, and the core of people's hearts who could just as well live in our age, or any other. Under the sugary tales of love and youth we find the harsh reality women without any other "careers" such as matrimony faced in her times, just as well as merciless disclosure of the worst in us - greed, selfishness, egoism, blindness, pride and prejudice. Oh dear, I sense a pun.

Pocket Reviews consist of five sentences per book, arranged around one topic per post. All of these books are too old to fall under copyright and can therefore be obtained legally and free from online sources and libraries, for example from Project Gutenberg. Suggestions for future posts are very welcome.

Sense and Sensibility (1811)Collapse )

Pride and Prejudice (1813)Collapse )

Mansfield Park (1814)Collapse )

Emma (1815)Collapse )

Northanger Abbey (1818)Collapse )

Persuasion (1818)Collapse )

Upcoming: Horror classics - Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Any more suggestions for this theme?)
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