Wednesday, January 5, 2011

CR Review #2: A Weekend with Mr. Darcy

I got this book for Christmas from my aunt, who had bought it on a recent trip to London. I'm a big fan of Jane Austen, and sometimes like silly, throwaway reads by Brit authors like Sophie Kinsella or Anna Maxted. Ridiculous plots and characters? Yes. But often a fun way to pass a day (they rarely take longer than a few hours to get through).

This one was about a Jane Austen conference at a large Hampshire estate that takes place one weekend in October. Characters include an Oxford professor of Austen literature, a young Jane Austen fan who can't distinguish real life from fiction, and a Judi Dench-like actress who stars in lots of BBC Austen adaptations. And lots of references to a shirtless Colin Firth rising from the waters of Pemberly in the BBC Pride & Prejudice.

Nothing earth shattering here, but not complete trash either. A lot of historical references to the life of Jane Austen, and reading this definitely got me thinking about pulling out my copies of Persuasion, Emma, etc.

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