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  1. The Watsons - Jane Austen - 1803/1805 Being a huge Austen fan, I just had to read this even though it is an unfinished copy. At the end, there is a short summary of what Jane Austen told her sister how she would have wanted to finish the novel. I quite agree with the writer of the quote that this would have been a wonderful piece of work, certainly just as good as her other great novels. It is so sad that she didn't live longer to write more fantastic stories.
  2. Restored Thread Amanda Grange 13th May 2006 09:35 AM I thought I'd start a thread on Persuasion, because it's often people's favourite Austen, and there's so much to discuss. One of the remarks often made about Austen's books is that they ignore the events going on in Europe at the time, but I disagree with this. The plot of Pride and Prejudice revolves, to a certain extent, around the militia, and Persuasion is very firmly based in the events of the day. Wentworth's naval career is integral to the plot. He is, before the book opens, bold, fearless, and newly promoted. This is i
  3. Although not a favourite of some die-hard Janeites, Austen's pastiche on the then fashionable Gothic novel Northanger Abbey is an enjoyable read. Catherine Morland meets and falls for a nice young clergyman in Bath. Befriended by the man's sister, Catherine is invited to their home (Northanger Abbey). Having an overactive imagination fed on the Gothic tales she has been reading, Catherine behaves as though she was in one of these overblown stories, and the fledgling romance flounders. Eventually all is resolved, and everyone who should lives happily ever after. Northanger Abbey is
  4. -----------------------------------------------------15th January 2007, 04:29 PM Momo Subscriber and Permanent Resident Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - 1811 I cannot believe there is no thread here - with so many Austen fans! I loved this novel, as I love all of Jane Austen's books. What it makes so remarkable and still interesting today is the description of the different sisters and how they cope with the problems society puts them through. People still are more an Elinor or a Marianne, sometimes you have to be one or the other, sometimes you can be both. A great
  5. **Spoilers** Be warned! (would have used the cool spoiler tag but pretty much the whole post is for people who have already read the book) I've just finished re-reading Mansfield Park and I'm having dilemmas over the whole Fanny/Edmund/Henry thing! I find the ending quite unsatisfactory, but I can't put my finger on why.....I'm not sure I wanted Fanny to marry Edmund, I almost feel like she should have married Henry, but I'm not sure that would have been satisfactory either...I'm confused! Does Edmund really love Fanny or is he just settling for second best? Does Fanny only love Ed
  6. I've seen the BBC adaptation about 3 times, but each time I try to read the book I get distracted about half-way through, so I've read the first half about 4 times, but I've never actually finished it. From what I've read though, I think the BBC adaptation is really well done (I've seen old + new) and does the book justice (the old one more, I think).
  7. Lady Susan - Jane Austen - 1795 I know this is not a very large book, but I read it a while ago and thought I would mention it here. Jane Austen never really finished this book. But - though it has an end, she just never refined her work. I would have loved to see this as a complete novel, I'm sure it would have been one of her very good ones. (thread first started 15.01.07)
  8. Emma - Jane Austen - 1816 She might be right there. However, there is something likeable in Emma, after all. She is rather selfish and starts a lot of different things only to abandon them later but she means well with other people. She might be too intelligent for her time, women were not supposed to think.Emma is the Jane Austen's only heroine without money problems, that's already a difference to her other novels. Maybe that's what makes it so interesting. (thread first started 15.01.07)
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