Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Contest for Austen fans!

The Austen Blog is hosting a contest on their site, giving away Austen-inspired books! Go check it out, and good luck!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Our book club is famous!

Well, strictly speaking, we didn't land on the front page of the Miami Herald or anything. But the AustenBlog did mention our upcoming May meeting to discuss Persuasion! Very exciting!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Persuasion by Podcast

If you would like to listen to Persuasion while knitting away, try this podcast. Nikolle Doolin, a professional voice actor, has read the novel and you can download the chapters from her website as podcasts.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Persuasion Discussion- May 1!

"Persuasion" is the ultimate novel of love lost and regained. By turns achingly sad and intensely romantic, it's a Cinderella story for anyone who's ever felt overlooked - or anyone who's ever had their heart broken...Eight years ago, Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth fell head over heels in love. But Anne's family put a stop to their engagement, believing he wasn't good enough for her. Anne soon realises she's made a terrible mistake. Then Captain Wentworth walks back into her life again. Can he forgive her? Does he still love her? And could they ever be happy, after all this time?

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Austen 101: Getting the most out of Persuasion

If Persuasion is going to be your first time reading Jane Austen, you're in for a treat! Here are some sources that can help you really get a lot out of the reading experience.

If you want to get some help with themes, motifs, symbols, and character analysis, try the very comprehensive evaluation from SparkNotes.

Want to know just what "retrenching" means? Interested in learning more about the film adaptations of the book? How about finding out what songs are featured in the films? The answers to these questions, and just about everything else you could want to know about can be found at the Persuasion FAQ

Jane Austen's World is a really cool blog that aims to bring "Jane Austen and the Regency Period alive through food, dress, social customs, and other 19th C. historical details." Very interesting!

Visit Jane Austen's Centre. The Centre (located in Bath) celebrates their most famous resident with a festival, magazine, gift shop, and lots of fun information.