Monthly Archives: January 2015

Artical: Pride and Prejudice, explained in Two Charts

Pride and Prejudice, explained in two charts

Purloined from this very interesting artical by

 PP graph

I would differ on one point with the Mr. Ambrosino.

I think that Darcy and Elizabeth both exhibit Pride and Prejudice at various times during the novel.

They both are humbled and they both develop tolerance and understanding of the other.

He alludes to this in the artical but not on the charts.

Now that’s cleared everything up!

Worth a read!



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Review: The Annotated Persuasion

As I have opined before; I have more than a few copies of Persuasion by Jane Austen, when people discover you are a fan of Jane Austen, copies arrive as gifts on occasion. I have a couple of particularly lovely copies, one very special edition and a delightful little pocket sized hardcover.


Don’t get me wrong I love each and every one, they connect me to the people that love me and are willing to listen  to me endlessly dissect her novels and sequels of her novels and other literature that I love…

Well I have found the best Persuasion so far,

The Annotated Persuasion: Annotated and edited by David M. Shapard


It is amazing how much the mind skips over or assumes more modern values when reading books of this vintage. It opened my eyes about somethings and confirmed some others. The novel really focuses on constancy and love versus other considerations in choosing a marriage partner.  The question arises, what are differences in modern terms of the the feelings of the characters mentioned in the novel.

For instance; In Miss Austen’s time, a gentlemen who had proposed to a lady couldn’t break that engagement without a scandal. It was presumed that he had a lot of time to think over this decision, and a change of mind could ruin both his reputation and particularly hers. It could turn into legal action on the part of her family. However the lady could change her mind and release him, provided that she didn’t repeat this with someone else, which would label her as a jilt. Jane Austen herself accepted a proposal and the following day changed her mind. She never married.

Conclusion: Highly recommend this book.  However If you haven’t read  Persuasion at least once, I wouldn’t start here. If you are rereading it and want to understand more about the world of the novel this is an excellent, very approachable academic examination of the novel. Very well laid out with text on left page and notes, drawings, and diagrams on right page.

(see also her other novels which have received this Annotated treatment)

Other Annotated reviews:

Pride and Prejudice


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Review: The Brontes

In a fit of madness, I purchased the complete collection of the Bronte Sisters for my Kobo Arc Ebook. (I must add it cost $2.88, via the Kobo store, the Delphi edition, it has everything, books, biographies, letters, criticism…everything) 

I also own the hardcover pocket version of these books

Over the years I have read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte at least a dozen times. I don’t know what draws me to the characters. Jane is unsinkable and Mr. Rochester is unlikable. Their lives are bleak, desperate, and sad. However, I find it to be, full of hope. Even in the most challenging moments of this most Gothic story, both characters find something within themselves and each other that helps them weather life’s storm.

I also have a couple of versions on Dvd. This is my Favourite.


Favourite Quote:

Charlotte Bronte also wrote 

Villette – read this years ago will reread to give a better review

The Professor – yet to read

Shirley – yet to read

Anne Bronte wrote

Tenant of Wildfell Hall – another favourite, well worth reading. Considered a first for Feminist literature, viewed as shocking for it’s time. Not as well known as some of the other Bronte works.

I also have an excellent BBC Dvd version

The novel is framed as a letter from Gilbert Markham to his friend and brother-in-law about the events leading to his meeting his wife. A mysterious young widow arrives at Wildfell Hall, an Elizabethan mansion which has been empty for many years, with her young son and servant. She lives there in strict seclusion under the assumed name Helen Graham and very soon finds herself the victim of local slander. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert Markham, a young farmer, discovers her dark secrets. In her diary, Helen writes about her husband’s physical and moral decline through alcohol, and the world of debauchery and cruelty from which she has fled. This novel of marital betrayal is set within a moral framework tempered by Anne’s optimistic belief in universal salvation. (Synopsis From wikipedia)

I couldn’t have worded it better.

Favourite Quote:

Agnes Grey – yet to read

Emily Bronte wrote

Wuthering Heights – I know this one is considered as a masterpiece, however not my favourite. I find it too dark and brooding.

However for the Movie/Dvd, no one did a better Heathcliff than Sir Laurence!


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Reading List 2015

This is my list for 2015, with a one word review. 

* For longer review look at entries with Links

Please do not take my one word reviews as the only opinion when deciding wither to purchase/read any of the books on this list. Most of the negative reviews imply that I chose to leave the book unfinished.

I also invite you to comment on any book you have seen on this list, or other books you think I should read.

  1. * The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, ed. by David M. Shapard – Fascinating (TPB)
  2. The Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen, ed. by David M. Shapard – Fascinating (TPB)
  3. Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton – Quirky (TPB)
  4. Gabriels Inferno by Sylvain Reynard – Surprising! (TPB)
  5. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler – Intricate (EB)
  6. Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers by Philip Stokes (PB)
  7. Holy Bible: NRSV with the Apocrypha – Daily (EB)
  8. Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard – (TPB)
  9. The Golden Thread: A readers journey through the great books by Bruce Meyer – Tour de force! (TPB)
  10. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – Favourite (EB)
  11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  – Pleasure (EB)
  12. The Warden by Anthony Trollope – Sweet  (EB)
  13. Longbourn by Jo Baker – Reveling  (TPB)

Note: HC = Hardcover, TPB = Trade Paperback, PB = Paperback, EB = Ebook

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous, New Year!

Looking forward to another year of reading :0)

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