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A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

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Austen scholar Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz ... Show synopsis

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Daniel R

A Man's View on Jane Austen

by Daniel R on Nov 3, 2011

William Deresiewicz came to Jane Austen fairly early in life; I encountered her only as I approached my 60th year. Reading her novels opened up a whole new world for me and reading A Jane Austen Education helped me understand that world infinitely better. This book is really for people that have already read and re-read her books several to many times. It goes beyond much of the literary criticism that I have read as well, in that in talks about Jane Austen and how her books help the author (and me) navigate through life. This book not only brings that novels more to life, and I could not have conceived how that could take place before reading the book, it opens much room for thought about where the books can lead and can continue to lead. After finishing his book, I went back and read Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion again and got new and different things from them. For anyone who considers themselves a Jane Austen afficionado, this is a must read. For anyone else, it has the potential of opening a new and different world. I strongly recommend his book.

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