Saturday, June 18, 2011

I love you. Most ardently.

I need your help.

I'm not sure how, but in 19 years of formal education, I have read ZERO of Jane Austen's books. How is this possible?!

My friend Nan wrote of her husband's use of Austen's text (which was a hilarious post, by the way) and I was certainly humbled. How have I not read any Austen?

I love LOVE love the movies. I own Emma, Pride & Prejudice, and Sense & Sensibility. These are common go-to movies for a lazy Sunday. They take me to my happy place and guarantee an afternoon well spent.

This is where the help comes in. I'm not sure where to start. I'm determined to cure my affliction. I will complete at least three Austen novels this summer. Where to start? Is there a good sequence? Or do I just read them all in chronological order?

Please help cure me of this status. I cannot handle being a person who has not read Jane Austen any longer. What should I read....where should I start. Thank you in advance for you help. It is most appreciated.

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5 comments:

Nan | WrathOfMom said...

HEY! Thanks for the compliment.

There are great gaping holes in my literary repertoire, too. I've never read Mark Twain, Elizabeth Gaskell or Thomas Hardy.

I'd say start w/ P&P. Then S&S. I don't care for Emma (she's just too unlikable for too long), but I enjoyed Persuasion. I love the movies, too -- they're the movie version of comfort food.

Jenifer said...

Oh my the gaping holes I have or better the yet the classics everyone has read - and loved that I just didn't like at all.

Nan's suggestions are good...P&P is by far my fave and I would start with it for sure.

Jen said...

I'm so glad it is not just me! Love the movies...love to read...and yet never read Jane Austen. Maybe I don't want it to ruin the movies? Usually I read the book first and end up being disappointed in the movie...perhaps I'm concerned about NOT likely some of my favorite movies if I tackle the books.

Nik-Nak said...

I tried to read her, two different times, and could never get past the fifth page so no judgement from me!

Aliki2006 said...

I really like Northanger Abbey--a little less-read, but one of my favorites!