John Mullen tackles the edgier questions of Austen's work in a very meaningful way.
This is a book for anyone who's ever wondered how Austen handled issues like sisterhood, age, sex, money, illness, death, holidays, accidents, weather, marriage proposals, appropriate conversation and loads more.
This work proves itself with thorough research and multiple references.
I appreciated how this book not only covered the questions of what Austen included in her fiction, but also the brilliance of why she included it. You cannot walk away from this book without a greater respect for Austen's thoughtful approach to the emotion of story, the art and craft of writing, and the complexity of the human condition.
What Matters in Jane Austen? will give you fresh eyes through which to view Austen's writing. It will whet your appetite for her world and build a stronger basis for her ongoing acclaim.
To Austen everything had a meaning. Every silence spoke volumes, every change of weather proved significant. She didn't build a simple world in which her characters could exist, but a multifaceted, authentic environment with subtle depth and beautiful emotion. In What Matters In Jane Austen? John Mullen proves the worth of her studying her writing.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who either respects or challenges the significance of Jane Austen's writing.
This book will be released on January 29th, 2013. You can pre-order your copy of What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved on Amazon.
I received a free copy of this book from Bloomsbury USA in exchange for my honest review.