Going into the experience of reading A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, I knew absolutely nothing of Jane Austen. If pressed, I probably could have come up with one or two titles of her books, but I had certainly never read one, and had never even seen a movie adaptation of one. Read more >
I've always hated Jane Austen novels. It's the non-conformist in me. So many of my girlfriends worshiped her growing up -- seriously, two of my best friends sewed themselves period dresses and bonnets to attend the first showing of Pride and Prejudice -- that I was practically obligated to despise her.
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In his book, A Jane Austen Education, William Deresiewicz grabbed my attention from the very first line, "I was twenty-six, and about as dumb, in all human things, as any twenty-six-year-old has a right to be, when I met the woman who would change my life." I was immediately drawn to his self depreciating humor and honesty. I love honesty. I love REAL people. I love when a person can admit he is wrong. Read more >
William Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is a required read for all Jane Austen fans. Deresiewicz takes us through each one of Austen’s books, and slowly takes away the layers and helps the reader understand each book for all it is. Read more >
Does Jane Austen scare you, because frankly, she frightened me to no end! I read one of her books, Pride and Prejudice, a month or so ago and it was brutal to get through. I had to pace myself because sometimes I felt like I was going to just throw something at the wall it was getting so boring. Read more >
Armed with a warm cup of coffee and my favorite bookmark, I was certain that I’d fly through William Deresiewicz’s memoir of a pretentious grad student who learned to love Jane Austen and changed his life in the process. I read until my daughter woke up, and then put down the book -- and didn’t open it back up for more than a week.
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