It is truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a wide vocabulary and a thirst for knowledge would benefit very much from being deflated from his grand idea of himself. A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz is the journey of an author, academic, all-around smartypants. Read more >
I've been struggling to write a review for A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz for days. I adore reading. If you give me an extra thirty minutes, chances are I'm going to spend them reading. While I have my favorite genres, I read a wide range from biographies to historical fiction to poetry and more. Read more >
I have to admit, other than Pride and Prejudice I was not a reader of Jane Austen. Sure, I watched all of the movies (after all I am a woman!) but her books were hard for me to sit and read through. Read more >
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz started off a little rough for me. Here I was on vacation in California, sitting on the beach with a book (hello, perfect day) and I just couldn't get into it. I gave it another shot later at the pool and again that night before bed. It was that night that things finally started rolling for me. Read more >
William Deresiewicz's book A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter managed to have me flip flopping back and forth between loving it and hating it. Alright... "love and hate" are probably strong words to use... but I did find myself really enjoying parts of the book, and other parts just left me confused and wishing for some Cliff Notes.
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I hesitated reading A Jane Austen Education. For one thing, I've only read two of Jane Austen’s six novels. I loved the light wit and humor of Pride and Prejudice and immediately spring-boarded into Sense and Sensibility, expecting more of the same, but was so disappointed with it that I didn't even bother picking up any of the others. Read more >
I have to begin my review of A Jane Austen Education with a confession. When I agreed to read this book, I did NOT like Jane Austen! I'd been forced to trudge through Emma and Pride and Prejudice at the University of New Mexico and, despite weeks of in-depth analysis, I just never got what all the Jane Austen fuss was about. Why then, you probably wonder, would I want to read this book? Read more >
In “A Jane Austen Education,” author William Deresiewicz starts his memoir on a page I can easily jump on – a skeptic. “The thing that takes my breath away when I think back on it all is that I never wanted to read her in the first place,” begins Deresiewicz. But he does read, and he is enraptured. Which makes me ask, what caught him?
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Have you read All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, that catchy little essay about the ways the simple lessons of an early age -- share everything, play fair, take a nap, etc -- can be translated to everyday life?
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In his new book, A Jane Austen EducationWilliam Deresiewicz, a forty-something literary critic and former Yale professor, attempts to appeal to those of us who don’t have the $40 grand per year to enroll ourselves in Jane Austen 520. He combines expert descriptions of her novels with a memoir of his growing up; his becoming an adult as catalyzed by insights gained from Austen’s writings. Read more >