Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Ree

I an not much of a biography reader. But I could not pass up the opportunity to read about Jane Austens life. After all I do have a whole blog dedicated to the reading and understanding of her books. So I was pretty excited to find Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef on NetGalley.

Release Date: April 18 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Received from: NetGalley
Rating: 4 STARS
Cover Thoughts: I love silhouettes and the blue ribbon is fun. It's a great cover in my opinion for a Jane Austen related book.

I did and didn't enjoy it. I read novels not biographies, mainly because I like a story settings and biographies are all facts. It was interesting however, to go deeper into the life of Jane. It is surprising how little is known about her though.

I did have one issue with the biography, I am not sure if this is a common thing with biography. But there was a detailed description of each of the books Jane wrote. Which to me, if you are reading a book about Jane, that probably means you have invested sometime into reading her books, so complete descriptions of her writing seemed unnecessary. But at the same time I was really glad for the description of Emma, because I have tried reading it and found Emma to be extremely annoying. The description kinda showed me a different way to look at the book.

The images in the book didn't come out very clearly on the EReader and due to the images I couldn't make the font as big as I like. I really enjoyed seeing Jane's writing and it's very sad that out of 3000 letters only 150 or so survived. I was really sad when I read that they tore down her childhood home. But I am so glad that her last resting place has been made into a museum, that one day I hope to visit.

Quote

"I cannot anyhow continue to find people agreeable" Jane Austen, May 13 1801.

Good for us Jane kept writing, even through her hardships. Happy Reading!

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