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The Jane Austen Book Club (2004)

by Karen Joy Fowler

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Okay book--entertaining and well written but just not…as good as Jane Austen! Interesting premise--each club member has a different "concept" of Jane, and each month is focused on a different book, which certainly humbled me (my recall of Jane Austen is very modest, I don't remember a lot of plot details and tend to get the novels jumbled together mentally--I can't remember who went to Bath (or London) in which novel...but still, rather forced... and (like Jane Austen) overly optimistic on the prospects of middle-aged "true love" (sigh). (Seriously, if you have the time to devote to it, I would suggest re-reading Jane Austen) ( )
  LizHD | Mar 25, 2015 |
Awful. Really, truly dreadful in so many ways. Pretensious and painful. Did I mention I don't like it? Not finishing and handing back to the MeetUp pile.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
I've just completed it this evening, and while I like it, I was not blown away. Perhaps I'm not subtle enough. I did enjoy Jane Austen's novels, if that counts! ( )
  wareagle78 | Apr 5, 2014 |
I listened to the audiobook version, and while I enjoyed the reader, I get too distracted while driving to fully pay attention, so I was not as attentive to the book as I would have been if I was reading it myself.

That said, I really liked the book. I really loved Fowler's latest book (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves), so I figured I would like this one, too. Each of the characters were unique, funny, and frustrating in their own way. I just wish we got more time with each of them! I wanted to know if anything ever came of Prudie's fantasies about her students. Fowler just kind of dropped that story line. I would read a book just about Sylvia and Jocelyn growing up and discovering Austen! I was also inspired to finally crack open my own Austen anthology (even though Jocelyn and Sylvia would scoff at it) and read the Austen novels I've never read before (Persuasion and Mansfield Park).

However, I am going to steer clear of the movie version of The Jane Austen Book Club, as it looks terrible. ( )
  kaylaraeintheway | Apr 3, 2014 |
3 - 3.5 stars

This review contains MINOR spoilers. Nothing that will give away anything about the story itself - i promise.

1. I liked how in April the last part was about Austen and her strugles to be published. I had no idea that Pride and Prejudice's original title was "First Impressions".

2. Prudie's husband seriously reminded me of my boyfriend. So thoughtful, loving and caring.

3.Sylvia is a "pocket philosopher" - i like that. The book contains a lot a good quotes from her.

4.I actually really liked (in spite of others) the fact that the book contains so much back history about the characters.

5. I really like the part about the novels and response to Jane Austen's novels in the end (pages 250 - 288). I haven't read it yet (since i don't want spoilers for rest of Austen's books) - but i really like that it is there.

Some great quotes:
"Why should unhappiness be so much more powerful than happiness? -Sylvia"

"What if you had a happy ending and didn't notice? Sylvia made a mental note. Don't miss the happy ending."

"The mere habbit of learning to love is the thing. -Jane Austen, 1775-1817" ( )
  AmandaEmma | Mar 26, 2014 |
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Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken. - Jane Austen, Emma.
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We sat in a circle on Jocelyn's screened porch at dusk, drinking cold sun tea, surrounded by the smell of her twelve acres of fresh-mowed California grass.
Above Daniel's head, one leaf, and only one leaf, ticked about on the walnut tree. How exacting, how precise tbe breeze! It smelled of the river, a green smell in a brown month. She took a deep breath. (p.243)
In general, librarians enjoyed special requests. A reference librarian is someone wbo enjoys tbe chase. When librarians read for pleasure, they often pick a good mystery. They tend to be cat people as well, for reasons more obscure. (p.213)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452286530, Paperback)

In 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 characters more appealing. 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.

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As six Californians get together to form a book club to discuss the novels of Jane Austen, their lives are turned upside down by troubled marriages, illicit affairs, changing relationships, and love.

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