Jan 062017
 

Satire and Sentiment

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

This is my fourth year spending my Christmas break reading an annotated edition of a Jane Austen novel, and as always, it is a wonderful, rewarding, and fulfilling experience! I’ve been alternating between the annotated editions by Harvard University Press and the annotated series by David Shapard. This year it was Mr. Shapard’s turn!

With all my reviews of annotated editions, my rating and comments reflect the annotations and observations made by the editors and not Jane Austen’s magnificent and beloved masterpieces. However, if you are interested, I did post a review of Northanger Abbey some years ago!)

Here are some of the insights and understandings I learned while reading David Shapard’s annotations: Continue reading »

Jan 082016
 

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“Happy those, who can remain at Highbury.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

It has become my tradition these last three years to read an annotated edition of a Jane Austen work during the holiday break. After thoroughly enjoying the experience with Harvard University Press’s Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition in 2013, I decided to give another Harvard University Press edition a try. And this year my choice must definitely be Emma, after all we did just celebrate its bicentennial!

My rating of 4 stars is for the annotations and comments provided by Bharat Tandon, for Jane Austen’s novel alone my rating would be 5+ stars. I think Emma is a brilliant masterpiece and, depending on my mood, often designate it as my most favorite Jane Austen novel.

Here are some of the insights and understandings I learned while reading Bharat Tandon’s’ annotations: Continue reading »

Nov 272015
 

A Jane Austen ChristmasVisiting Jane Austen During the Holiday Season

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

When it comes to Jane Austen and Christmas, Janeites and Austen-lovers long to know how their beloved authoress celebrated the holiday season. Many of the holiday traditions we celebrate and recognize come from the Victorian Era and later, but what about the Georgian Era? What are the differences and similarities between the Austens’ holiday festivities and our own modern-day celebrations?

In A Jane Austen Christmas, Carlo DeVito illustrates six different and significant Christmas seasons in Jane Austen’s life. Each chapter is devoted to a different year and expounds upon not only the special event that occurred that year but also the traditions and festivities the Austens would take part in and practice during that time. The six years and a breakdown of each chapter is below. Continue reading »