A Jane Austen Education: Love Doesn't Just Happen

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Have you ever come out of a situation and thought to yourself “why did I have to go through that?” Most people find themselves going through a couple unfavorable situations before learning one of life’s many lessons. And who would have thought one would find it through the writings of someone two decades before their time? William Deresiewicz did just that and shared what he learned through A Jane Austen Education.

Through six of Jane Austen’s novels, six corresponding lessons are taught about the things that matter most in life. From everyday matters to falling in love, William Deresiewicz finds that Jane Austen’s books from decades before are more relevant than he ever thought.

My favorite of the six books/lessons was the one on falling in love, taught through Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. When I was in high school, I thought I knew what love was, however it wasn’t until I was almost through college when I found out what true love really was. William Deresiewicz finds that Jane Austen doesn’t think love just happens, but rather one must prepare for it, such as learning to love one’s self before others. Through this chapter, various examples of true and fake love is shown using Austen’s characters, just as the other chapters do the same through other life lessons.

As someone who hasn’t read all of Jane Austen’s works, this book made me want to read each one at least once, if not more, so I too could learn more from someone who knew it decades before all of us.

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