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by Ms Kimberly Schraf,Karen Joy Fowler

  • ISBN: 1615455833
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Ms Kimberly Schraf,Karen Joy Fowler
  • Subcategory: Literary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Findaway World (July 1, 2009)
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  • Rating: 4.6
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Also by karen joy fowler. Black Glass: Short Fictions. The Sweetheart Season. Jocelyn’s Austen wrote wonderful novels about love and courtship, but never married. The book club was Jocelyn’s idea, and she handpicked the members.

Also by karen joy fowler. She had more ideas in one morning than the rest of us had in a week, and more energy, too. It was essential to reintroduce Austen into your life regularly, Jocelyn said, let her look around.

The author of The Jane Austen Book Club presents another highly inventive novel-one that ensnares readers in cunning deceptions, challenging them to separate the truth from fiction. As the best-selling author of both The Jane Austen Book Club and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Fowler knows firsthand just how different one author's writing can be from work to work, and she will bring that literary sensibility to her selections

The Austen-bashing was getting out of hand. She opened her mouth to tease Allegra about her book-writing girlfriend, which would certainly make this point, as well as alert Grigg to the lay of the land.

The Austen-bashing was getting out of hand. Sylvia looked to Jocelyn, whose face was stoic, her voice calm but firm. But Grigg was agreeing again. Really, he had become very agreeable where Allegra was concerned!

Do you love Jane Austen? she asked. There was only one possible answer to the question. Prudie’s hand had become unsteady. Bernadette saw the tremor in her Bloody Mary.

Do you love Jane Austen? she asked. She would like to think that any man who wrote would get it right. She spoke loudly to lessen the risk of being ignored, and repeated her question just in case. What do you think of Jane Austen, Mr. Bellington? Great marketing. I envy her the movie deals. Bernadette resolved to stop her.

Praise for The Jane Austen Book Club.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Praise for The Jane Austen Book Club. Ms. Fowler, an original and unexpectedly voiced novelist, takes her own place among the shining responders. Karen Joy Fowler, a PEN/Faulkner and California Book Award winner, is the author of six novels (two of them New York Times bestsellers) and four short story collections. She has been a Dublin IMPAC nominee, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Nothing ever moves in a straight line in Karen Joy Fowler's fiction, and in her latest, the complex dance of. .

Nothing ever moves in a straight line in Karen Joy Fowler's fiction, and in her latest, the complex dance of modern love has never been so devious or so much fun. Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.

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Читает Kimberly Schraf . Мгновенный доступ к вашим любимым книгам без обязательной ежемесячной платы. Nothing ever moves in a straight line in Karen Joy Fowler's fiction, and in her latest, the complex dance of modern love has never been so devious or so much fun. In Karen Joy Fowler's newest novel, the bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club once again delivers top-notch storytelling, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is utterly and memorably her own.

You can see where Karen Joy Fowler got the idea for this novel, because she shows you. Near the end of this book she . Near the end of this book she includes excerpts from the "opinions" of family and friends that Jane Austen collected and recorded. Some were intelligent: "quite as clever, tho' not so brilliant as P & P ", thought her sister Cassandra about Mansfield Park. Delighted much in Mr Rushworth's stupidity. Fowler has thought of Austen testing out her novels on her readers (but actually testing her readers against her novels) and combined it with that modern phenomenon, the book group.

For me? she’d asked herself, back when she had no words and no way to even know she was asking.

For me? she’d asked herself, back when she had no words and no way to even know she was asking, a traditional ball still opened with the minuet. The minuet was originally danced by one couple at a time alone on the floor. Everyone knows, Prudie said, that a rich man is eventually going to want a new wife. She was seated with Bernadette at a large round table at the annual fund-raiser for the Sacramento Public Library.

A sublime comedy of contemporary manners, this is the novel Jane Austen might well have written had she lived in twenty-first- century California.
Reviews about The Jane Austen Book Club (Playaway Adult Fiction) (7):
After reading Karen Joy Fowler's engrossing novel, We Were all Completely Beside Ourselves, I was eager to read another of her works. Unfortunately, The Jane Austin Book Club fell far short of my expectations. I didn't find any of the characters particularly captivating or appealing and found a lot of the trivia written about them fairly pointless. Perhaps Jane Austin lovers would read more into the novel than I did.
I felt that this book lacked the warmth of the J M Barrie Book Club, to which I had hoped it might compare more favorably. I was tempted to abandon this book before I had finished, but persisted because it was my Book Club's latest read. Incidentally, my Book Club's consensus was much the same as my opinion.
Five women of various ages and sexual persuasion and a forty-something man meet every week to discuss the books of one of the most beloved authors of the English language: Jane Austen. With each book (first Emma, then Sense & Sensibility, etc.), the members reminisce their own life stories. Two middle-aged women who had been best friends since childhood look back at how they had once been in love with each other's boyfriends. The characters are also experiencing problems such as divorce, homes that have disintegrated and if a woman in her fifties has the right to find a new love (a debate that started out when they were discussing Sense & Sensibility. They were discussing as to how the colonel, who was middle-aged, could go after someone as young as Marianne and how had never even considered Marianne and Elinor's mother, who was around his age). And this is all told in a language and narrative so beautiful and lyrical that I could not put this book down.

"Each of us has a private Austen." That has got to be one of the best book openings I have read, and it sets the perfect tone for The Jane Austen Book Club. The characters are all described afterwards, and I enjoyed getting to know them moments before we get into the action. I loved the characters! Bernadette, Jocelyn, Allegra, Prudie, Sylvia and Grigg have colorful, multi-dimensional personalities that shine through. There is a lot of humor here. Poor Grigg is the odd one there for being the only male in a Jane Austen discussion group, and so he is constantly picked on for having a male perception of the novels and its characters. Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors, and a novel centered on a book club devoted to her struck me as interesting, and I simply couldn't put this beautiful and literary offering down. Why did it take me so long to read this? It had been on my TBR pile for ages! Karen Joy Fowler is a wonderful author. This is my first Fowler book, and it won't be my last. I haven't seen the film adaptation, but I look forward to watching it, and I hope that the screenwriters and producers have done this beautiful book justice. I cannot recommend The Jane Austen Book Club enough.
Too infrequently, a piece of contemporary American literary fiction comes along that blasts away the sameness of voice and humorlessness that has settled in on the genre. THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB is one of those books. Though I read it from the perspective of someone who has read the Austen novels, I'm not sure that it is a prerequisite to enjoying several of the many layers of experience this book dishes up.

In what is a both blindingly original move and yet one that in hindsight seems like such a good idea it is incredible no one has thought of it before, Fowler has organized a fiction, a comedy of manners, around the reading of Austen's six novels. There are six members of the book group, each will host a discussion on a different novel. Her characters are contemporary residents of California's Central Valley near Sacramento: Jocelyn, 50-something, never married, a control freak; her best friend from childhood, Sylvia, devastated in the wake of her husband's departure for a younger woman; Allegra, Sylvia's 30-year-old lesbian daughter, an artist; Prudie, a 28-year-old married high school French teacher; Bernadette, an eccentric 70ish much married woman, currently single; and 40ish Grigg, the only male in the group, unmarried, something of an enigma at first. As the book moves through the conversations about Austen, it sorts out its character's histories and lives, and all the various relationships that shake out. Fowler has lots to say about love and sorrow, and about the culture of the world she portrays-our world--that is as airtight as that which Austen constructed in her books.

There are some genuinely funny moments in this book. A day in Prudie's life at the high school where she works is hilarious and very, very real. Fowler made me feel at home with topical references that I thought were remembered only to me. Austen is incomparable and Fowler knows it, so rather than trying to transplant the early 19th century England to 21st century California or to ghostwrite the 7th major Austen novel, she has taken some lessons and has delivered her own inventive piece of writing with a wonderful voice, in which everything eventually sorts out in a balance Austen would probably approve of (though probably would not be sweet enough to admit). A final bonus: Fowler injects the narrative with fascinating quotes and facts on her muse.
I found this book to be clever, entertaining and, as ever with Karen Joy Fowler, beautifully written. If you are a Jane Austen buff, and I am, then you will enjoy it. If you are not, then it might seem rather rambling and pointless. I am certainly hard-pressed to say what the book is about, other than those general and worthy themes of tolerance, openness and the value of connection.
I really enjoyed this book! I decided to read it after watching the film, and while I think they're two separate entities, the book resonated me in certain ways that the film failed to. I'm a huge Austen fan, (I've read all her novels,) and I think Fowler's commentary surrounding each novel is really spot on. I would definitely recommend this book to other Austen lovers.

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