Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Words on Wednesday...Another 200th


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Jane Austen, one of my favorite authors, was born on December 16, which was also my mom's birthday. For some crazy reason, I derive extreme joy from this. While my mom wasn't a famous author, she could craft a great story. In a quiet, unassuming way she could suss things out with humor and unique aplomb. Mom spent almost 20 years in a wheelchair, and that made her invisible to many people, but it gave her a great vantage point to witness life's intricacies.  I learned it's amazing what you can pick up when no one is noticing you. Like Jane, Mom was a keen observer of human nature.  In remembrance of Jane on the 200 anniversary of her passing on July 18, with a special nod to mom, here are some of my favorites:

It's tough to choose just one of Jane's novels as a favorite...so I will narrow it to three.  Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park. Well, maybe I will add, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion for good measure!

For PBS adaptations, Emma, hands down, my favorite!


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Favorite movie at cinema, Pride and Prejudice, with Kiera Knightly.
Favorite Bollywood version: Bride and Prejudice
Favorite Rom/Com book club variety: Jane Austen Book Club
Honorable mention: Colin Firth

Favorite Mini Series with Time Travel: Lost in Austen
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And Current Read with a twist...

...and a wink and a nod to Jane and Antiquarian books.  Happy, Reading!

7 comments:

  1. How wonderful to honor Jane Austen. I never got into her books, except what was required in high school literature, but I am appreciative of her work. You did a wonderful thing honoring her like that.

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  2. I enjoyed the day my girlies and me spent with you, your mother and your kids at Old Sturbridge Village when the kids were little.

    A couple of years ago, I thought I should try reading Jane Austen as I had never read anything by her. I tried to read Pride and Predjudice and couldn't slog through it. To me it was just talking heads.

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  3. I don't which is my favorite Jane Austen either. They are all so good. I will need to check out this book and see what it is all about. :) You've given us a little mystery with that. Hugs-Erika

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  4. I don't know "Emma," but will check it out.

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  5. What a great tribute to Jane Austen and your mum 😀. I love all the cinema, Bollywood, Rom Com and mini series you have listed too! My favourite has to be Pride and Prejudice, who could not remember Colin Firth and I enjoyed the film with Kiera Knightly too although there is a little artistic licence adopted in the storyline ... lol 😉. Lost in Austen is great, I first saw it on TV and bought it just recently on DVD. I've not come across your latest read before though, thanks. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

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  6. I know it's the year for it so I really must re- read at least one - maybe Pride and Prejudice - memories of reading it in class at school! Hugs, Chrisx

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  7. Jane Austin and Charles Dickens were 2 of my best companions when I was younger, and I still love them, and it's great to pick up one of the books and start reading again and again. My husband was in a wheelchair for nearly 20 years, too, and I know what you mean about being overlooked, sad but true. Have a good start in the new week, hugs, Valerie

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