Thursday, June 07, 2007

Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale

Loved it!

I think you have to read all of Jane Austen's books to really appreciate this book. You might even have to be obsessed with her books to really get it. I couldn't put it down, even though the ending was a bit forced, it still was worth reading and laughing at.

The book took all of Jane's works and smashed them into one person's experience at a fantasy resort in the modern day. So if you think that a character, say in Pride and Prejudice wouldn't act a certain way, well what if that character was also part of Emma? So you have to take all of the books into consideration to make any sense out of the different chapters in this book.

Who wants to borrow it? I think my sisters will get a kick out of this one so they have first dibs.

Broken almost Whole Book...very funny so I guess it can be a Healing Book also...especially for those of us obsessed with Darcy!


le said...

That looks good! I need to read more of Jane Austen probably before I can really appreciate. I just read Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer. Its Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's perspective. Obviously not as good as the real thing, but an interesting quick read.

The Bec-ster said...

I wonder if our library has that one about Darcy.

bug girl said...

I read that book while in DC. Cindy loaned it to me. I didn't like it very much. It made me angry. Shannon Hale should be ashamed of herself. She needs to stick to her fantasy juvenile books. But despite my review I think you will all enjoy it to a point.