Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Jane Austen
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.