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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe

Only 'Janeites' understand the joy of studying Jane Austen, dressing up in Regency clothes, reading the many Jane Austen blogs or sequels on the Web and, perhaps actually studying her books seriously, and as Louis Armstrong said about jazz, 'If you have to ask, you just don't get it'.  Deborah Yaffe, the author of this book, has been a Janeite since she read Pride and Prejudice at the age of ten in 1976.  In those days, she regarded herself as a little unusual, because Jane Austen 'madness' only began almost twenty years later with the 1985 series in which Colin Firth as Mr Darcy famously appeared in his sexy white shirt.

This is an enjoyable journey through the world of the Janeites.  They range from serious academics to writers of fan-fiction and fans who've only watched the series and films.  There are even romances inspired by the study of Jane Austen.  I also loved reading about Sandy Lerner who saved Chawton House, the home that Jane Austen enjoyed the best.

Most Jane Austen fans will like this captivating book.


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