Baksidetekst: Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And which important Austen characters never speak? In What Matters in Austen, John Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Jane Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction - by asking and answering some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels, he reveals their devilish cleverness. In twenty-one short chapters, each of which answers a question prompted by Jane Austen's novels, Mullan illuminates the themes that matter most to the workings of the fiction. So the reader will discover when people had their meals and what shops they went to, how they addressed each other, who was allowed to write letters to whom, who owned coaches or pianos, how vicars got good livings and how wealth was inherited. What Matters in Austen explores the rituals and conventions of her fictional world in order to reveal her technical virtuosity and sheer daring as a novelist. Though not a book about Jane Austen's life, it uses biographical detail and telling passages from her letters to explain episodes in her novels; readers will find out, for example, what novels she read or how much money she had to live on or what she saw at the theatre. Inspired by an enthusiastic reader's curiosity, written with flair and based on a lifetime's study, What Matters in Austen will appeal to all those who love and enjoy Jane Austen's work.
På bakgrunn av ein artikkel i The Guardian lasta eg ner denne boka. 20 kapitler som kvar starter med eit spørsmål som forfatteren gjer sitt beste for å svare på:
- How much does age matter?
- Do sisters sleep together?
- What do the characters call eachother?
- How do Jane Austen's characters look?
- Who dies in the course of her novels?
- Why is it risky to go to the seaside?
- Why is the weather important?
- Do we ever see the lower classes?
- Which important characters never speak in the novels?
- What games do characters play?
- Is there any sex in Austen?
- What do characters say when the heroine is not there?
- How much money is enough?
- Why do her plots rely on blunders?
- What do characters read?
- Are ill people really to blame for their illnesses?
- What makes characters blush?
- What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage?
- When does Jane Austen speak directly to the reader?
- How experimental a novelist is Jane Austen?
Eg har lest Jane Austen. Eg har sett det på film utallige gonger. Men nokon gonger er det ikkje nødvendig med side opp og side i mente med analyser. Heilt grei bok, men trur lesaren må vera litt meir spesielt interessert i Jane Austen enn meg. På den andre sida fekk eg fryktelig lyst til å lese Persuasion og det er aldri feil.