Tag Archive | Jane Austen

Mansfield Park

 

Author: Jane Austen

Other Works by Author:
Emma
Northanger Abbey
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Persuasion

Genres: Romance, Family

My Rating: 4.5

Good for ages: 12 +

Summary: Fanny Price comes from a poor family with many siblings. Her rich relatives – Lord and Lady Bertram – decide to help the family out by taking Fanny in. She is raised alongside their two daughters, Maria and Julia – and two older sons – and given an education. Edmund, the younger of the two sons has always been very kind to Fanny, the two becoming great friends. While not treated poorly, she is not treated well because of her station in life compared with theirs.
When Dr. Grant and his wife move into the living on Mansfield estate, Mrs. Grant’s brother and sister come to visit, spending a lot of time with the Bertram’s. Edmund soon falls in love with the beautiful Mary Crawford. Henry Crawford first trifles with the affections of Maria and Julia then truly begins to fall in love with Fanny who is repulsed by him.
Tragedy strikes and not everyone is who they appeared to be.

My Thoughts: This is probably my third favorite Austen. Edmund Bertram is my second favorite Austen hero.
I like reading about quiet characters that still have a lot of faults (my tendency when writing is to lean to quiet, perfect characters) and Austen makes everyday life in that era very interesting.

My Favorite Quotes:
~ “Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.”

~ “A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”

~ “There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.”

Where can you get this book: Amazon, Librivox Dramatic, Librivox Solo

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

Other Works by Author:
Pride and Prejudice
Emma
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park
Persuasion

Genres: Gothic Parody, Romance

My Rating: 4

Summary: The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: To be honest I had been avoiding this book. I had heard that it was a Gothic parody novel and I thought it might be scary.
I was wrong. There were a few intense parts but it was not scary. My impression was that Austen was almost making fun of Gothic novels.
I was not expecting it to be so short, it made for a nice quick read.
I really enjoyed it.

My Favorite Quotes:
~ “It is only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language”

~ “Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it.”

Where can you get this book: Amazon, Librivox

Emma

Title: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Date Started: June 6, 2014

Other Works by Author:
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Persuasion
Sense and Sensibility
Lady Susan
Northanger Abbey
Love and Friendship
Junvenilia – a collection of poems stories and plays

Genres: Fiction, Classic, Romance

My Rating: 5

Summary: Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.

Summary taken from Goodreads

My Thoughts: I am one of the very few people in my acquaintance that love this book. Most of the people I know find Emma irritating, I find her delightfully human and in many ways very similar to myself.
Emma is clever, witty, handsome, and liked by everyone, but she’s also spoiled and headstrong. Nearly everyone in town thinks her perfect and incapable of doing wrong except Mrs. Weston, formerly her governess, and Mr. Knightly (my favorite Austen hero, forget Mr. Darcy), he especially is not afraid to reprove her when he sees she’s out of line. With their help and seeing how certain events play out she learns that she is wrong and works to remedy her faults.

I find this story funny, romantic, and all round and enjoyable read.

Fun Facts: Jane Austen said when she began writing Emma, “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”

My Favorite Quotes: “Emma knows I never flatter her,” said Mr. Knightley,

Where can you get this book: Amazon, Librivox,