The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club➾ [Download] ➾ The Jane Austen Book Club By Karen Joy Fowler ➳ – Heartforum.co.uk The Extraordinary New York Times BestsellerIn California s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen s novels Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affa The Extraordinary New York Times BestsellerIn California Austen Book PDF/EPUB Â s central valley, five women and The Jane Kindle - one man join to discuss Jane Austen s novels Over the six months they Jane Austen Book PDF/EPUB ê get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters appealing The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationshipsDedicated 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.

I was born in Bloomington, Indiana I Austen Book PDF/EPUB Â was due on Valentine s Day The Jane Kindle - but arrived a week early my mother blamed this on a really exciting IU Jane Austen Book PDF/EPUB ê basketball game My father was a psychologist at the University, but not that kind of psychologist He studied animal behavior, and especially learning He ran rats through mazes My mother was a polio survivor, a schoolteacher, and a pioneer in the co operative nursery school movement Along with basketball, my family loved books The day I got my first library card there was a special dinner to celebrate And before I could read myself, I remember my father reading The Iliad to me, although really he was reading it to my older brother, I just got to be there A shocking book And I remember Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh in my father s voice and a bunch of other things that weren t movies yet My parents strongly disapproved of the Disney version of things Pooh believed in a spoonful of honey, but Mary Poppins did notI have great memories of Bloomington Our block was packed with kids and we played enormous games that covered whole blocks of territory, with ten kids to a side One of my childhood friends was Theodore Deppe, who s now an outstanding poet I planned to grow up to be a dog trainer myselfBoth my parents were raised in southern California and so regarded our time in Indiana as an exile When I was years old my father was offered a job with Encyclopedia Britannica that necessitated our moving to Palo Alto, California My parents were thrilled to be coming back My older brother, for reasons that escape me, was equally pleased I was devastatedPalo Alto was muchsophisticated than Bloomington At recess in Bloomington we played baseball, skipped rope, played jacks or marbles depending on the season In Palo Alto girls my age were already setting their hair, listening to the radio, talking about boys I considered it a sad trade The best thing about the sixth grade was that my teacher, Miss Sarzin, read The Hobbit to usAfter reading manybooks, I graduated from Palo Alto High in and went to Berkeley I was a political science major and an antiwar activist I was in Berkeley during People s Park, when the city was occupied and there were tanks on the street corners, and I was there during the Jackson State Kent State killings I met my husband there He d been part of the free speech movement that was my idea of glamor We got married the year I graduated and we came to graduate school at UC Davis togetherAs an undergraduate I had a special interest in India and Gandhi, and a general interest in imperialism I find the intersection of cultures fascinating, the misunderstandings that occur, the mistakes that are innocently made I m not so fascinated by the mistakes that aren t innocent, although there are a good manyof the latter kind As a graduate student I focused on China and Japan It s not clear to me what my career goals were whatever, I had my first child during spring break of the last year of my masters Six days less than two years later I had a second child My husband and I still live in Davis, although the kids have left for college and beyondI decided to try to be a writer on my th birthdayAll questions answered.

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    The Jane Austen Book Club PDF Ò The Jane Kindle - With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters appealing The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationshipsDedicated 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Karen Joy Fowler
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 0452286530

10 thoughts on “The Jane Austen Book Club

  1. Laura says:

    I m convinced the first thing Jane Austen is going to do on the Day of Resurrection is hire a lawyer and sue the philistines who have commandeered her name and characters However, this book is beneath her notice Aclich d combination of unfulfilled women could hardly be conceived a middle aged woman who s just been left by her husband her lesbian daughter who falls easily and unhappily in love a spinster who breeds dogs a dissatisfied French teacher in an unhappy marriage and finally I m convinced the first thing Jane Austen is going to do on the Day of Resurrection is hire a lawyer and sue the philistines who have commandeered her name and characters However, this book is beneath her notice Aclich d combination of unfulfilled women could hardly be conceived a middle aged woman who s just been left by her husband her lesbian daughter who falls easily and unhappily in love a spinster who breeds dogs a dissatisfied French teacher in an unhappy marriage and finally, the six times divorced earth mother who brings them all together for six months of Jane Austen book clubbing They re joined by some computer guy named Grigg, if that s even a name, who probably was supposed to add a bit of male perspective and surprise a love interest, but the book is so poorly written that he s virtually indiscernible from the women Their discussions are banal, the correspondence to their personal lives contrived, and the characters themselves both irritating and supremely boring, which I suppose must be some sort of an accomplishment Normally I like reading about losers and rejects A Confederacy of Dunces, my journals , but these people and their self created angst grated on my nerves I borrowed this on cd from the library and found myself skipping ahead because I simply couldn t take anyof their inane conversations And, I m shocked shocked to report that skipping parts of the story didn t really detract from its overall flow Confession Embarrassingly enough, I did watch the movie on dvd because it stars that dreamy Hugh Dancy who, tragically, looks about half my age and body mass and the movie was not nearly as bad as the book extremely chick flicky, but not downright dreadful

  2. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    I like contemporary literary fiction I really like book clubs I love Jane Austen I thought this book would be right up my alley How could it bore me to tears like that Lots of drama about the current lives and loves of the various members of this book club, which has its reflection in the themes of the various Jane Austen novels they read each month It was mildly interesting, and I finished the book, but it just never really engaged me I like contemporary literary fiction I really like book clubs I love Jane Austen I thought this book would be right up my alley How could it bore me to tears like that Lots of drama about the current lives and loves of the various members of this book club, which has its reflection in the themes of the various Jane Austen novels they read each month It was mildly interesting, and I finished the book, but it just never really engaged me

  3. Beth says:

    I really didn t get into the book In fact, by about the middle of the book, I felt that the only reason Jane Austen shows up in the title or the book at all, was because the author knew people like Jane Austen, therefore will buy the book The book really could ve been about any author Dickens, the Brontes, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald with the same results The ties to the Austen books, in my opinion, are tenuous at best If the title and the book club were not tied to Jane Austen, the referen I really didn t get into the book In fact, by about the middle of the book, I felt that the only reason Jane Austen shows up in the title or the book at all, was because the author knew people like Jane Austen, therefore will buy the book The book really could ve been about any author Dickens, the Brontes, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald with the same results The ties to the Austen books, in my opinion, are tenuous at best If the title and the book club were not tied to Jane Austen, the references to the books would be a bitsubtle, and I d consider the book as havinggenius, but as it stands, it just seemed like a cheap attempt to get Austen into the book I adore Jane Austen as much as the next Janeite , but this felt cheap to me.Beyond that, I always felt like the author created her characters, and was trying to keep them from us, much the way Jocelyn tried to keep details of who Grigg was from the others when the book club was formed Most authors are proud parents of their characters, and want us to know everything about them To me, Fowler came off as a selfish friend, who doesn t really want to share her friends with others the only reason she s sharing them here is because she ll be the center of attention for a bit Sadly, the characters I felt closest to were minor ones Dean, Daniel, and Grigg s sisters.The writing style wasn t bad, and I d consider reading other books by Fowler, but I was disappointed in this particular book

  4. Florencia says:

    DNF review alert If you don t think they should exist, do not read this Jocelyn and Sylvia, two middle aged women, one never married and the other crying rivers because she just got divorced Bernadette, a sixty seven year old Liz Taylor Prudie, a French teacher that shares her thoughts in French whether you speak it or not Allegra, Sylvia s daughter, a thirty year old lesbian who cannot get a happy relationship, and Grigg, a guy that I don t know what to say about this choice All these DNF review alert If you don t think they should exist, do not read this Jocelyn and Sylvia, two middle aged women, one never married and the other crying rivers because she just got divorced Bernadette, a sixty seven year old Liz Taylor Prudie, a French teacher that shares her thoughts in French whether you speak it or not Allegra, Sylvia s daughter, a thirty year old lesbian who cannot get a happy relationship, and Grigg, a guy that I don t know what to say about this choice All these people start a Jane Austen book club.This book starts slow and I don t think its pace ever changes I couldn t finish this thing I couldn t find the energy, so I put an end to this weird self inflicted pain.While I was reading this book, I couldn t stop thinking that if you are going to write about this outstanding author or her works, without a gram of her wit and fine humor, then please, do not do it Save a tree and your dignity Fowler s writing style can t get any drier Let s be honest, some of these characters, from different points of view, have experienced failure they might be considered losers , though that is a harsh word so let s call them non winners My point is, there are clever ways of describing non winners, however, Fowler picked the dullest ways possible They lacked development, in my opinion Funny thing, there are many unnecessary and over detailed anecdotes that tried to explain some context , but they only made me forget about the whole plot okay, let s imagine there is a plot So this Daria on Valium kind of writing really bored me And that is a big problem for me because I prefer writing over plot I can deal with an average plot, but the writing must be good And this is certainly not the case Like I said, all these people are members of a Jane Austen book club, so you could imagine all the witty comments you will read No animal passion , Allegra said about Emma Really Just find some Sade Book Club, there s some animal for you to enjoy I found some other very insightful remarks like Emma is a snob Yeah, mind blowing A couple of lines later, I was reading some Jocelyn s story about tennis and yadda yadda yadda Then, back to the book And so on And so on I was lost Cohesion, coherence, connection It is a literary technique, sure, but if you are going to use it, you have to be very crafty to pull that off, lady And again, this is not the case I was frankly annoyed by all this And one of my rules in life that helps me preserve my mental health is to not force myself to read something I am not enjoying I don t have to prove anything to anyone, really So, if by, let s say, page 50, I feel like I couldn t care less about the whole story, then adi s Anyway, there is a movie based on this book It is one of those chick flicks you can watch on a Sunday afternoon I didn t like it that much Feel free to ask, then why did you read the book Because I have read somewhere that the screenplay had little to do with the book So, I thought it was going to be better Poor child Let s just say that you might want to watch the movie and leave it at that I found it muchentertaining than the book Sacrilege, I know, but in this case, it is the sad truth.Jan 24, 2014 Also on my blog

  5. Diane says:

    I picked this up because I enjoyed the movie version I like the story a modern day book club that reads all of Jane Austen s novels, and the participants lives become entangled and resemble some of Miss Austen s famous plots However, I thought Fowler s book was scattered and poorly written, and I couldn t finish it I thought it was mediocre fan fiction.

  6. Katharine says:

    I can t decide how successful this novel actually was, in storytelling On the one hand, I genuinely liked all the characters On the other hand, a good two thirds of the book is spent in telling backstory As a way to describe character and motivation, it s an interesting technique, and kept my attention despite all the narration On the other hand, there s very little real time interaction between the characters Although what interaction there is, plays out beautifully and believably, it s al I can t decide how successful this novel actually was, in storytelling On the one hand, I genuinely liked all the characters On the other hand, a good two thirds of the book is spent in telling backstory As a way to describe character and motivation, it s an interesting technique, and kept my attention despite all the narration On the other hand, there s very little real time interaction between the characters Although what interaction there is, plays out beautifully and believably, it s also spread between the six main characters, like a series of interconnected vignettes or short stories, rather than a novel I ended up feeling slightly dissatisfied with the all too brief glimpses into six fascinating stories.And, let s face it I couldn t help wishing forJane Austen As is, the book club is nothingthan a framing device, and although the novel concludes by asking who but Jane could have changed us this way I didn t quite believe in the Power of Jane myself I mean I do, in real life, but there wasn t much evidence of it here A passing musing from the characters here and there, did not do enough to convince me that their lives were truly Changed by Jane, or even that any of them were real Janeites, since the things they talked about were pretty basic Oh my gosh, Emma is totally classistThe idea that each person s impressions of Austen influence and intertwine with his or her own life, is a great theme, but could have been explored muchdeeply.I did, however, greatly enjoy the plot parallels with the JA novels, and the Janeite in jokes and allusions sprinkled gently over the text, as if with a conspiratorial smile On the whole, I do recommend the book It was a fun read, just not as satisfying as I had hoped for But then, my expectations for anything with Jane Austen in the title are probably unreasonably high, so take this with a grain of salt if you wish

  7. Margitte says:

    BLURB The Extraordinary New York Times BestsellerIn California s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen s novels Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her charactersappealing The result is a delicious dissection of mBLURB The Extraordinary New York Times BestsellerIn California s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen s novels Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her charactersappealing The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.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.COMMENTSThis was a good read The author brought Jane Austen into the lives of five women and one man The lives of Jane Austen s characters and plots are woven into the lives of these 6 members of the Jane Austen Book Club It brings a new perception of Jane Austen to the reader, but also cause a renaissance of love and commitment into the 6 members lives I found the overall plot a bit messy, terribly confusing at times Yet I enjoyed the author s excellent wordsmithery She is a true artist in her craft and I will certainly make time to readof her books The detail is amazing It s a good as well as bad thing, since it enhances the reading experience, while causing an avalanche of word dumping here and there It was, however, a wonderful, enriching experience My next read is her book We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.PS The author added comprehensive notes on the life and work of Jane Austen at the end if the book Reading them, particularly first timers, will make dedicated Austenites out of anyone It certainly inspired me to reread all her books for the umpteenth time

  8. Chanda says:

    I rate everything four or five stars Probably because if I don t like a book, it somehow never gets finished I m usually reading four or five things at once, switching back and forth as different moods strike me, unless of course I get drawn deeply into a story and don t want to leave.Such was the case here I adored this book It seemed like such a pat premise, but then was full of such depth, such a surprising understanding and interpretation of Austen and Heinlein, Le Guin, the Bronte sist I rate everything four or five stars Probably because if I don t like a book, it somehow never gets finished I m usually reading four or five things at once, switching back and forth as different moods strike me, unless of course I get drawn deeply into a story and don t want to leave.Such was the case here I adored this book It seemed like such a pat premise, but then was full of such depth, such a surprising understanding and interpretation of Austen and Heinlein, Le Guin, the Bronte sisters, and Rand, even though only in passing that I was entirely floored and charmed by it I even loved the damned movie Jeebus.I don t really want to use this tool for synopses or reviews or anything I have no idea what I ll end up saying about each book, but about this one I ll say that if you love Austen, or sci fi, or just engaging characters brilliantly sketched, you will probably really enjoy this book It goes very, very well with tea

  9. Connie says:

    So disappointed I wanted to like this but could never get into any of the characters or the stories they told They are a mismatched bunch who all come together to read Jane Austin Perhaps there should of beenAustin and less of these characters Each book was suppose to relate or have particular meaning to one of the present day characters.or at least I think maybe that was the point I really don t know as I never felt any type of flow We learned odd stories of each characters past So disappointed I wanted to like this but could never get into any of the characters or the stories they told They are a mismatched bunch who all come together to read Jane Austin Perhaps there should of beenAustin and less of these characters Each book was suppose to relate or have particular meaning to one of the present day characters.or at least I think maybe that was the point I really don t know as I never felt any type of flow We learned odd stories of each characters past, that I didn t really see made them anyinteresting, nor related to who they were in the present I didn t really get the sense that very many of them connected to each other, nor I to them Glad it was a quick read, but not one I would recommend Rather slow, disjointed and blah Only went up to a 2 star as some of the Austin comments made me want to read her

  10. Exina says:

    This book is boring and obnoxious Bernadette s Austen was a comic genius Her characters, her dialogue remained genuinely funny, not like Shakespeare s jokes, which amused you only because they were Shakespeare s and you owed him that. Talking trash about Shakespeare This book is boring and obnoxious Bernadette s Austen was a comic genius Her characters, her dialogue remained genuinely funny, not like Shakespeare s jokes, which amused you only because they were Shakespeare s and you owed him that. Talking trash about Shakespeare

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