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A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter - Community Reviews back

by William Deresiewicz
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Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it 2 years ago
First things first: I love Jane Austen's novels. They are clever, often biting in their social commentary, and give us a picture of everyday life during the Regency era.So, I was a little surprised when author William Deresiewicz started off the book by telling us how much he hated Jane Austen when ...
Veritatem Facientes In Caritate
Veritatem Facientes In Caritate rated it 5 years ago
This is a strange little book. It's part literary criticism, part biography, part autobiography, and part rambling on the nature of the various relationships we all find ourselves in. The author had a number of really good insights, but sometimes his modernist worldview got in the way and he could n...
SilverPen
SilverPen rated it 5 years ago
I was wandering my library shelves when I found this book. What drew me wast the fact that it was about Jane Austen but was written by a man. I have never heard more disparaging comments about Jane Austen than from men who have never read her work. I took it home and was completely sucked in. In fa...
the reader of books
the reader of books rated it 5 years ago
This made me want to reread every single Jane Austen novel, starting with Northanger Abbey. Henry Tilney 4 life.Also, this man has serious father issues.
tinasimms
tinasimms rated it 6 years ago
I'm a graduate student studying English, and it's a welcome change to find flattering literary criticism concerning Jane Austen. I'm not sure why critics always attack Austen, but I was pleasantly surprised by Deresiewicz's book. He points out lessons he learned from reading Austen, and applie...
James Allen's Literary World
James Allen's Literary World rated it 7 years ago
The author moves through Austen's books while giving commentary on what they mean as well as highlighting with his own experiences and how the novels helped him.I will read this book again after I've read all six Austen novels.
BBB - Bronwyn's Book Blog
BBB - Bronwyn's Book Blog rated it 7 years ago
My only quibble was that the last line was a play on Bronte, not Austen, lol.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dork
Don't Be Afraid of the Dork rated it 7 years ago
Part memoir, part literary analysis. The author uses Jane Austen's novels to illuminate certain periods of his life as a young man. His emphasis is on the lessons each novel conveys. It is interesting to examine her novels this way as indeed Austen likely intended them to be read. As a lover of he...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it 7 years ago
This was a book on Jane Austen's novels that I wish I had in my own college days. The author is a young, arrogant graduate student who starts to see his own flaws, and grows up in the three years that it takes him to work his way through the six novels and his dissertation. Very readable, a touch pr...
Lavinia
Lavinia rated it 7 years ago
For some it might be just another Jane Austen-related book, for me it was equally delightful and useful. Useful, as in: Look! There's more Jane Austen trivia I had no idea about. Far from being a Janeite or an Austenite, or how on earth they call themselves (I've only read Pride and Prejudice. Shame...
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