Review The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, A Plume Book 2005, 250 pages
I didn’t officially sign up for the Jane Austen Everything Challenge per the wonderful Stephanie over at her Written Word blog, but it feels like I must have allowed it to creep into my subconscious. Since the deadline for signing up passed me by, I’ve viewed the movie Sense and Sensibility – the 1995 version (with Kate Winslet and scripted for the screen by the awesomely talented Emma Thompson) and now this: I’ve read what I think of as spin-off book.
I can’t wait to get the movie and watch it. And why? because I’ve heard the movie is BETTER than the book! I really didn’t like the book much.
(you know it’s a bad sign when I go here to see what others are saying BEFORE I ever finish… I was relieved to see that most of you, my blogging friends who have already read this, found it to be as baffling or not-so-good-as-hoped as I did.)
The unidentified narrator drove me bananas!
“The six of us – Jocelyn, Bernadette, Sylvia, Allegra, Prudie, and Grigg – made up the full roster…”
and yet – the narrator was NONE of these people, from what I could tell. Bugged the heck out of me throughout the entire book.
However, I am inspired to read ALL of the Austen books and may even re-read a few.
Two pie slices.