Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Naughty Jane Austen!

Love and Friendship by Jane Austen

That Jane, she is such a naughty writer.  For those of you who think her the height of Victorian respectability and prudence, delve into the tale where she shows her wickedly funny side.

This is a collection of letters, rather than a traditional novel.  She wrote this in notebooks prior to becoming an adult and it reads like the 'rough drafts' it probably was.  Actually most of the book reads like a really funny Saturday Night Live skit.

It is a story told through letters about a young couple in love.  Naturally, one of them dies and the other is left to carry on in a cruel and wicked world.  Sound sad?  Not an all!  The entire thing is a parody of the sentimentality that was so popular in the novels of the time. A tongue in cheek classic that was delight from the first page.

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