Book Reviews, classics 1 comment on Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice has suddenly become popular once again, due to the movie that came out recently that was based on it. I have not yet seen the movie, and am not sure if I want to.

The book was wonderful! The best parts were the sarcastic and witty comments on society that Austen wrote, and, since many of these are written from the viewpoint of her anonymous narrator, and not her characters, how could the movie version even touch that?

It’s about a family of five sisters and their parents, who live in England in around 1811 or so. The book is intentionally vague about the exact years. The girls are old enough to be married, and their mother is desperate to make this happen. The father is less interested in his wife and most of his silly daughters (except Lizzy, his favorite, who is smart) and more interested in reading books and being left alone.

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Book Reviews, classics 0 comments on Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women was one of my favorite books when I first read it. I must have been ten or eleven years old at the time, and had not encountered many other books that were “for kids” and were anything like this book.

I was impressed that it was as big as the books for adults, and, that it was not “dumbed down”, like many of the other books I had read at that time.  The world still had some years to go before bookstores and libraries created a “young adult” or “teen” section, and, there didn’t seem to be many authors who were seeking that particular audience back then.

As I read Little Women now, as an adult, I find that I still enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I did when I was younger.

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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on The Other Boleyn Girl – by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl – by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl fits into the historical fiction genre.  The reader is immersed in England of the 1500s.  The story focuses on people who really existed and events that actually happened.

It is based on the lives of two sisters from the Boleyn family.  Mary is 12, and already married to a man named William Carey when the book starts. Her slightly older sister, Anne, is just returning from France, where she was part of the French King’s Court. Both girls, and their older brother George, are going to be part of the English King Henry’s Court.

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