Jane Austen Book Club

Jane Austen Book Club

A Novel

Book - 2004
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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 behaviour 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Putnam's : 2004
ISBN: 9780399151613
Branch Call Number: FIC Fowl
Characteristics: 288p


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Dec 19, 2018

Generally - whatever you encounter, first, in the world of stories is the version that you end up liking more. Such is the case here. I really enjoyed the movie and found it so pleasant to watch and make the connections with the Jane Austen novels. This book is good and the way the author presents each character for each month is really intriguing and works for the general plot of the book. I just, as a person who came in knowing the movie first, could not enjoy it to it's fullest.

Aug 07, 2016

I enjoyed her witty style of writing, and was sorry when the book ended. I definitely recommend it even for non-Jane Austen fans. Four stars!

Jan 07, 2016

Boring! Perhaps if I'd read ALL of Jane Austen's novels it would have helped to decipher what each book club member was going on about. I wouldn't recommend it.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 12, 2015

Fowler has fun with this book which has the structure of book club meetings between 5 Californian ladies all very familiar with Austen’s work and one man, Grigg, who still has a lot to learn. There is enough discussion and insight into the novels to keep any Austen fan happy and the added interest of each character bringing their own bias to their interpretation of the characters and plots gives an extra dimension to the readers’ enjoyment. The modern day equivalents of Austen’s themes, even the requisite formal dance, are interwoven with the book club meetings and provide a lively counterpoint to the literary appreciation of nineteenth century society.

skd3 Aug 05, 2011

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Jul 27, 2010

One comment: Watch the movie, it's much better.

But that being said, the book is still awesome, but this is one case where the movie demonstrates more of the relationships between the characters than the book does. Especially Prudie.

Dec 04, 2009

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I don't mind Jane Austen, but I'm not a "Jane-ite" by any stretch of the imagination. This book changes person (even includes first person plural on a couple of occasions), and provides the viewpoints of all the book club members as they spend the better part of a year reading Austen's canon together. That said, the book is less about Austen and more about the five(?) women and one man, their pasts and presents. It's very funny in some parts and rather devastating in others. I've not seen the film based on this, but I doubt it measures up.

Oct 18, 2009

One of the few times where I enjoyed the movie more than the book.

May 27, 2005

As a Jane Austen fan, I could not resist this book even if I tried. Each member of the club gets one chapter and one time to host the club at their house as they read through each of Austen?s books. Here a long time reader of Austen can find themselves listening to conversations about her books along with other readers who are just as fanatical. Bits of the members lives are revealed piece by tantalizing piece until the whole portrait is shown, much like a certain author! An absolute must read!

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