so am reading jane austen.
quite funny for me because I don’t like Jane Austen that much. One of the reasons bieng that the prosaic comments on the world of men and women are usually lost upon me. Another being that pride and prejudice was a textbook in college and after reading it 6 times and further extolling its virtues in exams had left me anti austen for a while.
Now to come to the point, Emma is an interesting peice of work, not so goody goody as P & P, more mature, more well developed characters and a heroine I hated from my depths. Yet I persevered and found it quite amusing at times but also predictable. I could tell what would happen next. I think Austen intended that, it is more of a satire where everyone else but Emma know she’s acting like an idiot.
I think it is also a good commentary on the the strong barriers between the genteel classes and the working class.
I loved Emma’s father whose character is so well ekked out, unfortuately the hero is as surly and galant and always right as darcy. Emma was assinine so I did delight in her bieng proved wrong, but why couldnt austen make her women more surly, overbright and gallant, would have gone down with me easier!!
also going to begin reading: eliad, in collaboration with a friend..lets see how much we finish!
unmentioned reading: the Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss, a James Bond satire..well kind of..silly and fun
coming up: Huballoo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai