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text 2017-08-02 14:06
Chawton: Jane Austen's Home
Jane Austen's Hampshire - Terry Townsend
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) - Vivien Jones,Tony Tanner,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen,Gillian Beer
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen,Marilyn Butler,Claire Lamont
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Emma - Jane Austen,Fiona Stafford
Teenage Writings (Oxford World's Classics) - Kathryn Sutherland,Freya Johnston,Jane Austen
Lady Susan - Harriet Walter,Carole Boyd,Kim Hicks,Jane Austen
Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed - Marie Dobbs,Anne Telscombe,Jane Austen

... during the last 8 years of her life, during which she wrote all of her major novels (and saw four of them published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma).


The dining room, with Jane's writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window.

Jane's bedroom (also the room where most of her family said goodbye to her before she died).

A replica of the blue dress and bonnet that Jane is wearing in the portrait sketched of her by her sister Cassandra.

A quilt handmade by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, and a muslin shawl embroidered by Jane.


And last but not least ...

The museum's resident cat! :D




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review 2017-03-30 17:48
Sense and Sensibility - Margaret Drabble,Jane Austen

*4+ Stars*


I really did like this one.  I did, it has some similar traits to Pride and Prejudice which I thought was pretty good.  What made me not bump this one up was the fact that it dragged on in a lot of places.  I felt like what could have been covered in a few pages went on for many more.


But, the story was a good one.  I find that I would have had a hard time living in those days. There were so many rules.  I think I would have broken a great many of them.  LOL


Some people feel like this story was a tragedy even though both sisters had good lives at the end.  I don't see it as a tragedy but as a reality.  It showed that sometimes, the fantasy of the young aren't what bear fruit as we get older.  And while you're life my not be exactly like how you always dreamed, it can still be full and happy and content.


I like to think that both sisters were better off with the way things turned out and lived very happy lives.


It was interesting though that the "villains" in the story ended up rich while our heroes and heroines had much more modest lives.  But, that doesn't take anything away from the fact that they may have gotten the better end of the deal.


I'm glad that I read this classic.  I'm going to start making my way through some classics over the next couple of years.  It's amazing to me the story was still very relevant today even though the times are much different.

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text 2017-02-01 17:16
My January 2017
Sense and Sensibility - Manga - Jane Austen
Nur drei Worte - Becky Albertalli,Ingo Herzke
Manga Classics: Great Expectations - Morpheus Studios,Nokman Poon,Charles Dickens,Crystal Chan
Quidditch im Wandel der Zeiten - J.K. Rowling,Klaus Fritz
Forget Me Always - Sara Wolf
Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility - 5 stars
Nur drei Worte - 5 stars
Manga Classics: Great Expectations - 3 stars
Quidditch im Wandel der Zeiten - 4 stars
Forget Me Always - 2.5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility, Nur drei Worte


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Thief of Lies, Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice


5 books. Not that bad. I was hoping for more but you can't always get what you want. I'm still very proud. Also 4 of these books were ARC's I got through NetGalley, since I wanna catch up on my books there, I'm happy that I got quite a few off the list.

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review 2017-01-16 00:00
Sense and Sensibility (Illustrated)
Sense and Sensibility (Illustrated) - Ja... Sense and Sensibility (Illustrated) - Jane Austen,Richard Burton,Marie-Michelle Joy,Hugh Thomson Well I finished it -and none too soon.

Apparently my tastes are just too 21st century to appreciate this type of book.

This book is filled satire and is supposedly a 'comedy of manners' I just found it to be filled with annoying whining characters, angst over the least little thing and a real hang-up about money (sort of like modern chick lit but with overly long dialogue! - I found it difficult to see these females as the sweet, artless, naive women everyone seems to think they are - they seem a bit vicious to me. Sort of like the typically written Southern Belle who can stab you in the back and the same time be giving you sugar to your face...all this as long as she say's 'bless your heart'!

A can see why this is a classic since so many modern books emulate Ms Austen's style of writing and her subject matter-however, the fact that she uses circumlocution to the nth degree is enough to drive me up the wall. I hate this whether it is an 18th century author or a modern author.

Classic, well yes, I guess so. I just don't understand why.
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review 2017-01-12 15:26
Review: Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

I'm familiar with many Jane Austen stories, but this is the first time I've successfully read one of her novels. Years ago, surely eight or nine years now, I made a very lackluster attempt to read Mansfield Park, but I gave up within a mere ten pages. My heart just wasn't in it at the time. More so than that of many of her contemporaries, the language Austen uses can be a chore to get through and I struggled to understand what I was reading (and why). The time has come, however, to give Austen another try.

Judging by the stories that have survived and remain in our hearts—from Shakespeare to Austen to Dickens to...—there really wasn't much difference in British drama for three hundreds years. Through the quirky interactions of memorable characters, these authors provide entertaining romps through sentimentality with a satirical edge. And yet, I would argue that Austen's stories were more realistic than those of her contemporaries. Certainly, Austen dwelt a bit heavily on the “woes” of the higher class, but the characters' wants and needs transcend status. Unlike many of the two-dimensional characters in the stories of the time, Austen's primary characters are individuals with ever-changing perspectives (secondary characters, not so much). Of course realism from a much more humble point-of-view was just a generation away with authors such as Anne Bronte being born in this era, but clearly Austen had her finger on the pulse of humanity.

And yet these stories lack realism. How anyone can be so oblivious is beyond me. Can two people carry on a conversation for so long without realizing they're talking about two very different things? Sure, it's humorous, but it's not believable. So are these stories meant to be believable, or not? Does love ever come so easily in the end? How is it that the destitute daughters of these tales always find the one descent human in the aristocracy? I think that's the magic of Austen and it certainly works well in Sense and Sensibility. These are characters that are human and though their situations may be very different from our own, they are very much like us. Through struggles and the embrace of all that is “good” and “right,” they enter the fairy tale that so many of us envy. These are the stories that capture the heart of the romantic.

Sense and Sensibility is double the romance. The characters are engaging. The wit is on point. The story is entertaining. And it's all so clever—there's an excellent word for the work of Jane Austen: clever.

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