Jan 162019
 

Selfish Natures and Sharp Observations

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

I’ve finally made it…and it feels a long time coming! This is the sixth annotated edition I’ve read of a Jane Austen novel – a Christmas tradition I started back in December 2013! And this last one feels a significant triumph. One reason is because these last 3 weeks have been rather busy with holidays, travels, houseguests, and work obligations (not the best time to plan reading an 800+ page book!). Another reason is because Mansfield Park is the Jane Austen novel I’m least acquainted with – since I’ve only read it twice before and there has been a considerable amount of time since my last read… (over 10 years!). I’m happy to finally revisit with these old friends (not sure if the term ‘friends’ apply to to this group as many of them are insufferably selfish!) and read my sixth annotated edition! (For those who are interested in reading about my previous experiences reading an annotated Jane Austen work, see the bottom of this review.) Continue reading »

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 072015
 

The Annotated Persuasion

Insights to an Introspective and Introverted Heroine

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

A new tradition of mine (that began last year) is to spend part of my holiday break reading an annotated edition of a Jane Austen novel (a terrific notion, wouldn’t you agree?) This year, I was in the mood for Persuasion, and the popular vote was for me to read and review The Annotated Persuasion by David Shapard (my first Shapard!)

Just like with my review of Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition, I am focusing my review on the annotations, observations, and interpretations made by David Shapard (rather than Jane Austen’s brilliance). Here are some of the insights and understandings I learned while reading David Shapard’s annotations: Continue reading »