Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Jane Austen

The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Jane Austen by Carol Adams, Douglas Buchanan, and Kelly Gesch
Continuum, 2008
218 pages
Jane; Non-fiction
3.5/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: A look at Jane Austen's novels, life, and culture with tidbits for newcomers and Janeites alike.

Thoughts: I've made no secret of the fact that I'm a big fan of Jane so that's why I picked up this book.  I hoped to learn some new facts, which I did, and have some good chuckles, also did.

There were also some surprises.  For example, a reading of Sense and Sensibility with Colonel Brandon as the villain is posited.  It's an interesting idea although not one I particularly want in mind when I read S&S.  There's a song about the pleasures of reading Austen and a brief look at the movies based on her books.  Additionally there are some pretty in-depth summaries of the books plus some of her juvenilia.

The upside is that I am now more determined to spend my winter break rereading the 6.  It's been too long (I think almost 2 years).

Overall: I think there is something here for all manner of Austen fans here: the newbie and the longtime fan.

Cover: Fits in with the "Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion" series but not extraordinary.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds very interesting! I love Austen's novels so very much and this would be a good read for me. Colonel Brandon, a villain? Wow, never thought of THAT.:) Depends on how you see him, indeed.


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