It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5) May 28, 2012Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.
Since I have a bunch of reviews lined up, I decided to go on a Jane Austen splurge. So far I’ve read Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. I’m not going to be reviewing the books because so much of Jane Austen has already been said as it is. I have nothing to add.
Austen is one of my favorite authors. Her quick wit and her adept way of making characters come to life brings me to the height of pleasure. I love the way she makes some of her characters so very annoying and unlikable. Take Miss Bates from Emma with the way she prattles on or Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice with his ingratiating and stiff mannerisms.
Her heroines are all very engaging and even at their worst, they remain real and lovable. Her dashing suitors are all very romantic and they always say the right thing at just the right time. I’m usually not one for romance, but Austen’s romances are something I can’t deny.
What are you currently reading?