Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef
I am reading this because I feel left out. I do not love love love Jane Austen. I'm not going to lie - I get bored trying to figure out what everyone is saying. It's quite highbrow for me. :) So I'm going to read about her life and see if it helps me "get" her. I want to love her writing like everyone else...
Well, I am still not in love with Jane Austen. I still can't say that I want to run out and read her books. But I really liked this biography! I really enjoyed learning about her and all that happened in society during her life. I liked that the author gave the readers the background from where Jane drew her inspiration for her characters. She was a writer of characters. Her books were about character development and relationships, and not much else. Honestly, I would think I would enjoy that, but, alas. I'll let others read her and tell me all about it. :)
The pictures that are in the biography are great. They really helped transport me to that time and place in order to picture what was happening in Jane's life. I really enjoyed learning about her relationship with her sister. It was an incredibly tight bond.
If you are looking for a biography that offers fabulous insight but it not incredibly bogged down with details, this is a great book to pick up. It was a quick read and quite interesting. Also, she summarizes all of Jane Austen's major works, so it is like I have already read them!
Thank you NetGalley for this book.
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