All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane
"An illuminating insight...fascinating."—Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary "A journey through both a physical landscape and the geography of the human heart and mind...delightfully entertaining and often deeply moving, this book reminds us that Austen's world—and her... show more
"An illuminating insight...fascinating."—Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary "A journey through both a physical landscape and the geography of the human heart and mind...delightfully entertaining and often deeply moving, this book reminds us that Austen's world—and her characters—are very much alive."—Michael Thomas Ford, author of Jane Bites Back WHERE DO BOOKS TAKE YOU? With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure: a traveling book club with Jane. In six unique, unforgettable countries, she gathered book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and teachers, poets and politicians— to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice. Whether sharing rooster beer with Guatemalans, joining the crowd at a Mexican boxing match, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy came to learn what Austen knew all along: that we're not always speaking the same language— even when we're speaking the same language. But with true Austen instinct, she could recognize when, unexpectedly, she'd found her own Señor Darcy. All Roads Lead to Austen celebrates the best of what we love about books and revels in the pleasure of sharing a good book— with good friends.
Publish date: June 1st 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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One of the big things I've always wondered was whether the books I read as a native English speaker translate well into other languages. This particular book looks at one of my favorite authors, Jane Austen, and attempts to do just that. I was surprised how some people in various countries had sim...
I was really happy with this book, full of insights into both Latin America and also on reading Jane Austen. The author is smart, intelligent and wise enough not to make this a 'ALL ABOUT ME!' memoir. Along the way I got to learn quite a few things, especially South American authors I should be read...
I've been in a bit of a funk since reading All Roads Lead to Austen, though I couldn't explain why (or write a proper review) until now, several months later. The reason is simple, though: this is a book written for people who love books. Not just Jane Austen, though her novels are the lens through ...
Countries she visited: Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Child, Paraguay, Argentina. I had mixed feelings about the author at times, but I did like the mix of the book: experiences, impressions, literary discussions. On how you experience a culture you grow up in versus a non-native experience: “Before t...