I enjoyed her witty style of writing, and was sorry when the book ended. I definitely recommend it even for non-Jane Austen fans. Four stars!
Boring! Perhaps if I'd read ALL of Jane Austen's novels it would have helped to decipher what each book club member was going on about. I wouldn't recommend it.
Fowler has fun with this book which has the structure of book club meetings between 5 Californian ladies all very familiar with Austen’s work and one man, Grigg, who still has a lot to learn. There is enough discussion and insight into the novels to keep any Austen fan happy and the added interest of each character bringing their own bias to their interpretation of the characters and plots gives an extra dimension to the readers’ enjoyment. The modern day equivalents of Austen’s themes, even the requisite formal dance, are interwoven with the book club meetings and provide a lively counterpoint to the literary appreciation of nineteenth century society.
One comment: Watch the movie, it's much better.
But that being said, the book is still awesome, but this is one case where the movie demonstrates more of the relationships between the characters than the book does. Especially Prudie.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I don't mind Jane Austen, but I'm not a "Jane-ite" by any stretch of the imagination. This book changes person (even includes first person plural on a couple of occasions), and provides the viewpoints of all the book club members as they spend the better part of a year reading Austen's canon together. That said, the book is less about Austen and more about the five(?) women and one man, their pasts and presents. It's very funny in some parts and rather devastating in others. I've not seen the film based on this, but I doubt it measures up.
One of the few times where I enjoyed the movie more than the book.
As a Jane Austen fan, I could not resist this book even if I tried. Each member of the club gets one chapter and one time to host the club at their house as they read through each of Austen?s books. Here a long time reader of Austen can find themselves listening to conversations about her books along with other readers who are just as fanatical. Bits of the members lives are revealed piece by tantalizing piece until the whole portrait is shown, much like a certain author! An absolute must read!
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