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If audiobooks count, I finally finished listening to "Emma"

squire
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Oct 10 2012, 2:00am


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Actually, I'm very pleased with myself. I have never gotten past Chapter 2 of Pride and Prejudice after three tries, and had basically given up on ever figuring out why Jane Austen is such a big deal. But listening in the car while commuting, to a performance by the very skilled reader Prunella Scales, made all the difference somehow. I actually laughed out loud at a couple of scenes, or rather lines, when Austen drove home a particularly pointed barb.

There are some downsides to audio books, mostly the fact that you really have to concentrate or risk missing some part. Unlike a book, you can't (easily) go back and re-read if your mind drifts for a moment. I missed the introduction to Miss Jane Fairfax, and spent the rest of the book trying to figure out just what her relation was to all the others. My original motive was to piece together the connections to Clueless in hopes of doing a lesson on the two - I now see that's not really practicable, given my students' reading levels and Austen's rather ... ornate style.

All the same, I now quite gaily admit that I do feel as if I had managed to surrender to our dearest Miss Austen the justice to which she is, as I have no longer the slightest doubt, entitled.

Next audio book: Crime and Punishment. See you in a couple of months.



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The Columbus Day reading thread Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 9 2012, 2:34pm
    comfort reading as well Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 9 2012, 3:41pm
        "Comfort" literally, then! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 9 2012, 4:57pm
            actually Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 9 2012, 7:31pm
                I'll definitely have to look for it, then! // Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 9 2012, 7:47pm
    Overlords, Assasins & Happily Ever After NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Oct 9 2012, 6:44pm
        Oval Evillord! I love it! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 9 2012, 7:46pm
            Imagine if he'd lived & written for another 20-30 years! NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Oct 9 2012, 8:29pm
    If audiobooks count, I finally finished listening to "Emma" squire Send a private message to squire Oct 10 2012, 2:00am
        Yes, audio books do count! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 10 2012, 1:32pm
        Prunella Scales is an excellent reader/performer... Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 10 2012, 1:44pm
            Same for me with P&P. AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 10 2012, 2:32pm
        Ha! AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 10 2012, 2:29pm
        Squire, do you think your students would AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 10 2012, 2:36pm
            I dare say, I feel tempted to treat your offer as kindly as I should your company. squire Send a private message to squire Oct 12 2012, 2:03am
        "Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society" Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 11 2012, 2:54pm
        I really enjoyed Crime and Punishment zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Oct 14 2012, 2:55am
    The Last Plantagenets Elberbeth Send a private message to Elberbeth Oct 10 2012, 6:29pm
    Haha! Love it! zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Oct 14 2012, 5:58am

 
 
 

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