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

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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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Book: Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton

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Compulsively Mr. Darcy By Nina Benneton

Totally and surprisingly, enjoyed this really quirky take on

Pride and Prejudice.

Set in modern Vietnam. Elizabeth is a Doctor who specializes in Infectious Diseases. Darcy is a CEO of an International Corporation. Jane is a temporary custodian of an Orphanage, while her Uncle is in the states recovering from a Heart attack. I love how little details and sentences from the original are sprinkled throughout the book. I laughed, and laughed.

Review: A good read, off beat. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. Reads a little like a Harlequin. 

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Book a Day – Christmas Challenge 2014!

Just launched! Our ‪#‎SeasonsReadings‬ Book-a-Day challenge on Instagram. Want to get involved? http://po.st/PenguInstagram

Seasson reading book a day

Dec 1: It is universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

Dec 2: All Wound Up by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Dec 3: The Annotated Emma by Jane Austen

Dec 4: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Dec 5: Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Dec 6: The Bible (or any book that represents your faith view)

Dec 7: A is for Annabelle: A Dolls Aphabet by Tasha Tudor 

Dec 8: The Dresden Files By Jim Butcher (A paranormal PI, excellent series!)

Dec 9: Mr Darcy takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll. A very pleasant surpise.

Dec 10: Micheal Jordan: the Life. A gift for someone special.

Dec 11: Twas the night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

Dec 12: Odyessy by Homer (love this epic poem)

Dec 13: Nordic Knitting (I saw it in Soper Creek Yarns window)

Dec 14: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Dec 15: The Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

Dec 16: The Sharpe Series by  Bernard Cornwell

Dec 17: Anything by Lynsay Sands (makes me laugh till I cry!)

Dec 18: Middlemarch by George Eliot

Dec 19: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Dec 20: Bowmanville: A Small town at the edge by William Hunter

Dec 21: The Annotated Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Dec 22: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – The Fezziwigs Party

Dec 23: I bought my husband his first Patrick O’Brien novel. He still reads them over and over.

Dec 24:  Eyewittness to the Peninsular War and the Battle of Waterloo: Letters and Journals of Lieutenant Colonel the Honourable James Stanhope 1803-1825. He was delighted!

Dec 25: Best gift ever “Dinner with Mr. Darcy” by Pen Vogler. From my Brother and his family. I also received “Knit Nordic” by Eline Oftedal. From MiL and BiL. Full of great knitting charts!

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Movie: The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

I had the pleasure of watching this film last night.

The book club we all wish we could be a part of.

Six people take a tour through the Six novels of Jane Austen. Each finds something in the novels that speaks to their present relationships.  Based on a book of the same name by Karen Joy Fowler (I am really tempted to get this book).

I love how Jane Austens characters have the power to influence every person in this group. Each of them seems to exemplify some character or situation within the books they are reading.

As in all Miss Austens novels no matter the trails and tribulations, love conquers all.

Conclusion: Highly recommend this Film. Can’t wait to read the book!

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The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

I have more than a few copies of Pride and Prejudice 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 Pride and Prejudice so far,

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, 

Reading and knitting, two of my favourite things!

Reading and knitting, two of my favourite things!

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 the individuals position in society, and their income and how that effects the selection of a marriage partner.  The question arises, what are differences in modern terms of the incomes of the various characters mentioned in the novel. For instance owning a horse and carriage at that time, why  is it such a big deal?  I was surprised that this was somewhat equivalent to someone owning a Helicopter today. Mr. Bennet, refers to calling the horse back from the farm work to take Jane to Netherfield Park to see Mr. Bingley’s sisters. The point being that his income was above average however his horses had to do double duty both farm work and pulling the family carriage.

There is also a very interesting note on the courses offered for meals. The day was also divided differently, morning, afternoon and evening were lengthened and consequently meals were arranged accordingly.

I really enjoyed the little insights into Jane Austens  views on aspects of society. David M. Shapard has referred to comments that the author made in her letters, that add another perspective on her personal life and how it coloured her writings.  She was a firm advocate for love and compatibility in marriage. She felt that a couple should be of similar values, understanding and interests, as well as love each other. This was rather unusual at the time as most marriages had more to do with connections and property. It is also rather obvious from her correspondence that some of her characters were drawn from real life.

Conclusion: Highly recommend this book.  However If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice 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:

Persuasion 

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November 11, 2014 · 5:31 pm

An excellent Artical: Jane Austen

Why Jane Austen always hits the spot: Alexander McCall Smith on why the novelist has the answer to all of life’s problems

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