Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jane Austen: A Life RevealedJane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I actually finished this one a couple of weeks ago. I just didn't really know what to say about it.

I am a Jane Austen fan. Every book and every movie.

BUT ...

there was too much rehashing of her books. For Jane Austen fans it was redundant--we've read the books and don't need to hear it all again. Jane told them best. For readers new to Jane Austen ... why give away the storyline in such a fashion? Entire plots were summarized.

The parts about Jane's life were well written. Nothing super new but then again I am already a fan. I do want to give the author that credit.

Wish I had more to say about it. I'm still getting used to reading on a Nook, so maybe that is part of my frustration. Can't stick postit notes between pages where there are lovely lines or parts that don't work. Too impatient to read with a notebook next to me (at least at this point) and set the nook down every time I want to make a note.

I guess it might be useful for maybe some biography research. I'd rather see a new JA reader read an encyclopedia article about Jane's life and then actually READ ONE OF HER BOOKS, though.

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