A Journey “North and South” with Elizabeth Gaskell (and my sister in law, Ann)

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My sister in law Ann has been in China for most of the last year now, and will be for another, teaching English to children and young adults in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we chat almost every day via Facebook. About two weeks ago she asked me if I had ever seen “North and South”. Thinking she meant the cheesy miniseries about the US during the Civil War, I said I had (and wondered about her sanity for recommending it to me). You see, Ann and I largely share a taste in classical literature…

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The Phantom of Pemberley is Full of Fun

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[amazon_link id=”156975845X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link]Regina Jeffers has been writing consistently good Austenalia for several years now. Her Darcy and Elizabeth are passionate and intelligent, and there are lots of old friends and new in her books based on Pride and Prejudice. The Phantom of Pemberley is no exception, and with an added bonus — it is also a well crafted cozy murder mystery. It is winter at Pemberley, the ancestral home of Fitzwilliam Darcy, his bride Elizabeth Bennet Darcy, and his sister Georgianna Darcy (who has her own book in this series, reviewed here). A storm is bearing down on…

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‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy’ Doesn’t Disappoint

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[amazon_link id=”1612430457″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link](How’s that for alliteration?) Regina Jeffers writes a wonderful bit of Austenalia combined with a tightly written mystery in ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy’. As is typical for me, I started in the middle of a series (again), so there are books before (and after) this one, but it didn’t detract from the novel. The author gives just enough background between the canonical Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and her own works that come before the story to inform without intruding.

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Happy Birthday Jane Austen [videos]

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My intent today was to review all the Austenalia I have read this year and have a discussion about why Jane Austen still engages so many of us and why her ‘fan fic’ is so commercially viable… but my chronic pain is flaring today, as chronic pain sometimes does, and I don’t have the emotional energy for that. (Sorry). So instead I have found some gems on Youtube for you about Jane Austen and her works, including the wonderful Jane Austen Fight Club and other fan fics.  Enjoy!

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All Roads Lead to Austen: An Austen-licious Memoir

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If you’re a fan of my website, you know that, while I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen, I’m no fan to the display of wealth, privilege, and class in general. (If you’re going to buy gorgeous things, buy them on sale or used, fergoshsake!). All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith does a fabulous job of threading the needle between telling an entertaining and compelling story and dealing with the class and wealth and culture issues that inevitably occur when an American professor (a United-States-ian, actually) takes a year to travel through Central and South America discussing…

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‘Miss Alethea Darcy’ Doesn’t Disappoint

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The Exploits and Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy is a wonderful read. I am now officially a Tru Fan of Elizabeth Aston. She does something both brave and difficult in her Austenalia. She creates entirely new characters around the edges of the characters that Jane Austen created (in this case, the next generation of Darcys) and uses the language of early nineteenth century England but modern sensibilities to tell tales that (perhaps) Jane Austen wishes she could have told without censure. Things happen to Elizabeth Aston’s characters that could never have happened to Jane Austen characters, but certainly happened to…

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