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Northanger Abbey [A Book Review]

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It is the Jane Austen buddy bosom novel, a tale which makes you feel juvenile and carefree. Northanger Abbey is a friendly story that makes you feel warm and adventurous. The note  guiding in the beginning  is indicative of the influence of the  reading choice of ‘the day’  on the author’s characterization of Catherine, the lead lady of the story.  Additionally, the preview of the “Advertisement by the authoress, to Northanger Abbey’  says

“And that during that period, places, manners, books, and opinions have undergone considerable changes,”

shows how the publisher is aware that the passage of time has an effect on the reader’s perception of a book concerning its social content. It is interesting to note that at the time Jane Austen penned  Northanger Abbey in 1788-89, Gothic Literature was the popular  reading choice of the day.

There is a school of thought that men only read more sophisticated books however Jane Austen thrashed this belief in Mr. Tilney.  Mr. Tilney is fond of reading and  abreast with the Literacy world ‘sticking’  up for historians. I believe this works out excellently for the story because Jane Austen created an intellectually stimulating hero. Mr. Tilney ‘ nice’ mouth is a result of a mixture of his natural charm and reading. A quality which allowed him to relate to Catherine with such ease, creating a beautiful atmosphere for our heroine to grow fondly of her hero.

A  review written so very long ago and left to nest in The Draft

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The Classics Club 50 Question Survey [Part One]

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1.Share a link to your club list.

Classics Club is a “A Community of Classics Lovers; The Classics Club hopes to unite readers who blog about classic literature and inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life! The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years. The perk is that, not only will you have read 50+ incredible (or at the very least thought-provoking) works in five years, you’ll get to do it along with all of these people. Join us! We’re very friendly.”

My list of books is one of many.
2.When did you join The Classics Club? How many titles have you read for the club? (We are SO CHECKING UP ON YOU! Nah. We’re just asking.) 🙂

I joined the Club in October 2015. I have read three (3) books from my list but I read other Classics not on my list.

 
3.What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. The book is not on my Classics Challenge list but I am reading it for Jane Austen month and for The Women’s Classic Literature Event.

 


4.What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is not on my Classic Challenge list but it is for my personal Jane Austen month read. If Pride and Prejudice did not convey the social set up of the time: Entailment, Marriage in Gentry Society etc,, I would dislike the story. It is my 2/3 read and after every read the story bothers me even more.
5.What are you reading next? Why?

Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, Emma or Lady Susan all by Jane Austen to continue my Jane Austen readathon for December.

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Anne of Green Gables [Book Review]

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Anne of Green Gables

Oh Anne (pronounce it with an “e” *smiles*) has a smart mouth that keeps getting her into trouble after trouble. However, her mouth is part of her selling point which seems to work faster than her heart and mind. I really do like this girl and certainly because no child is without mishaps growing into adulthood, her journey makes for a humorous read. I do appreciate how she learns a moral after every incident. I realize that even with the hardness she places around her heart for some people there is forgiveness just within reach but it’s takes a process to get there.

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Agnes Grey [A Book Review]

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Anne Bronte

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

You know how you feel when you take a stroll enveloped in a gentle breeze accompanied by your thoughts and gentle whispering birds and the clouds dancing above? Well this is Anne Bronte’ s ‘Agnes Grey’. An unaffected prose of the sometimes too busy plot development where the authors tries unsuccessfully to cover a thousand storylines. ‘Agnes Grey’ does not suffer such fate and the reader clearly sees that Agnes is in charge of the story and Miss Murray’s chuckling presentation is there merely to assist in ‘climaxing’ Agnes Grey.

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