The Jane Austen Book Club MOBI µ The Jane Epub /


  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Karen Joy Fowler
  • English
  • 07 March 2014
  • 9780452286535

10 thoughts on “The Jane Austen Book Club

  1. Laura Laura says:

    I’m convinced the first thing Jane Austen is going to do on the Day of Resurrection is hire a lawyer and sue the philistines who have commandeered her name and characters However this book is beneath her notice A clichéd combination of unfulfilled women could hardly be conceived a middle aged woman who’s just been left by her husband; her lesbian daughter who falls easily and unhappily in love; a spinster who breeds dogs; a dissatisfied French teacher in an unhappy marriage; and finally the six times divorced earth mother who brings them all together for six months of Jane Austen book clubbing They’re joined by some computer guy named Grigg if that’s even a name who probably was supposed to add a bit of male perspective and — surprise — a love interest but the book is so poorly written that he’s virtually indiscernible from the women Their “discussions” are banal the correspondence to their personal lives contrived and the characters themselves both irritating and supremely boring which I suppose must be some sort of an accomplishment Normally I like reading about losers and rejects A Confederacy of Dunces my journals but these people and their self created angst grated on my nerves I borrowed this on cd from the library and found myself skipping ahead because I simply couldn’t take any of their inane conversations And I'm shocked — shocked — to report that skipping parts of the story didn't really detract from its overall flow Confession Embarrassingly enough I did watch the movie on dvd because it stars that dreamy Hugh Dancy who tragically looks about half my age and body mass and the movie was not nearly as bad as the book – extremely chick flicky but not downright dreadful


  2. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    I like contemporary literary fiction I really like book clubs I love Jane Austen I thought this book would be right up my alley How could it bore me to tears like that?? Lots of drama about the current lives and loves of the various members of this book club which has its reflection in the themes of the various Jane Austen novels they read each month It was mildly interesting and I finished the book but it just never really engaged me


  3. Beth Beth says:

    I really didn't get into the book In fact by about the middle of the book I felt that the only reason Jane Austen shows up in the title or the book at all was because the author knew people like Jane Austen therefore will buy the book The book really could've been about any author Dickens the Brontes Hemmingway Fitzgerald with the same results The ties to the Austen books in my opinion are tenuous at best If the title and the book club were not tied to Jane Austen the references to the books would be a bit subtle and I'd consider the book as having genius but as it stands it just seemed like a cheap attempt to get Austen into the book I adore Jane Austen as much as the next Janeite but this felt cheap to meBeyond that I always felt like the author created her characters and was trying to keep them from us much the way Jocelyn tried to keep details of who Grigg was from the others when the book club was formed Most authors are proud parents of their characters and want us to know everything about them To me Fowler came off as a selfish friend who doesn't really want to share her friends with others; the only reason she's sharing them here is because she'll be the center of attention for a bit Sadly the characters I felt closest to were minor ones Dean Daniel and Grigg's sistersThe writing style wasn't bad and I'd consider reading other books by Fowler but I was disappointed in this particular book


  4. Florencia Florencia says:

    DNF review alert If you don't think they should exist do not read thisJocelyn and Sylvia two middle aged women one never married and the other crying rivers because she just got divorced; Bernadette a sixty seven year old Liz Taylor; Prudie a French teacher that shares her thoughts in French whether you speak it or not; Allegra Sylvia's daughter a thirty year old lesbian who cannot get a happy relationship and Grigg a guy that I don't know what to say about this choice All these people start a Jane Austen book clubThis book starts slow and I don't think its pace ever changes I couldn't finish this thing; I couldn't find the energy so I put an end to this weird self inflicted painWhile I was reading this book I couldn't stop thinking that if you are going to write about this outstanding author or her works without a gram of her wit and fine humor then please do not do it Save a tree and your dignity Fowler's writing style can't get any drier Let's be honest some of these characters from different points of view have experienced failure; they might be considered “losers” though that is a harsh word so let's call them “non winners” My point is there are clever ways of describing non winners however Fowler picked the dullest ways possible They lacked development in my opinion Funny thing there are many unnecessary and over detailed anecdotes that tried to explain some context? but they only made me forget about the whole plot okay let's imagine there is a plot So this Daria on Valium kind of writing really bored me And that is a big problem for me because I prefer writing over plot I can deal with an average plot but the writing must be good And this is certainly not the case Like I said all these people are members of a Jane Austen book club so you could imagine all the witty comments you will read “No animal passion” Allegra said about Emma Really? Just find some Sade Book Club there's some “animal” for you to enjoy I found some other very insightful remarks like “Emma is a snob” Yeah mind blowing A couple of lines later I was reading some Jocelyn's story about tennis and yadda yadda yadda Then back to the book And so on And so on I was lost Cohesion coherence connection? It is a literary techniue sure but if you are going to use it you have to be very crafty to pull that off lady And again this is not the case I was frankly annoyed by all this And one of my rules in life that helps me preserve my mental health is to not force myself to read something I am not enjoying I don't have to prove anything to anyone really So if by let's say page 50 I feel like I couldn't care less about the whole story then adiós Anyway there is a movie based on this book It is one of those chick flicks you can watch on a Sunday afternoon; I didn't like it that much Feel free to ask then why did you read the book? Because I have read somewhere that the screenplay had little to do with the book So I thought it was going to be better Poor child Let's just say that you might want to watch the movie and leave it at that I found it much entertaining than the book Sacrilege I know but in this case it is the sad truthJan 24 2014 Also on my blog


  5. Diane Diane says:

    I picked this up because I enjoyed the movie version I like the story a modern day book club that reads all of Jane Austen's novels and the participants' lives become entangled and resemble some of Miss Austen's famous plots However I thought Fowler's book was scattered and poorly written and I couldn't finish it I thought it was mediocre fan fiction


  6. Margitte Margitte says:

    BLURB The Extraordinary New York Times BestsellerIn California's central valley five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen's novels Over the six months they get together marriages are tested affairs begin unsuitable arrangements become suitable and love happens With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters appealing The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationshipsDedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that despite two centuries of separation unite two great writers of brilliant social comedyCOMMENTSThis was a good read The author brought Jane Austen into the lives of five women and one man The lives of Jane Austen's characters and plots are woven into the lives of these 6 members of the Jane Austen Book Club It brings a new perception of Jane Austen to the reader but also cause a renaissance of love and commitment into the 6 members' lives I found the overall plot a bit messy terribly confusing at times Yet I enjoyed the author's excellent wordsmithery She is a true artist in her craft and I will certainly make time to read of her books The detail is amazing It's a good as well as bad thing since it enhances the reading experience while causing an avalanche of word dumping here and there It was however a wonderful enriching experience My next read is her book We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesPS The author added comprehensive notes on the life and work of Jane Austen at the end if the book Reading them particularly first timers will make dedicated Austenites out of anyone It certainly inspired me to reread all her books for the umpteenth time


  7. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at ’m not exactly what you’d call a Jane Austen fangirl like the folks in this book club but I do have a sort of an unhealthy relationship with Pride and Prejudice along with any and all of its gazillions of retellings So why did it take me so long to read this book? Well basically it’s all Fern's fault Have you ever been terrified of reading anything else by an author after having sort of a lifechanging moment with the first thing you read by them and you just can’t imagine their other stuff even being able to hold a candle to the other book’s greatness? Yeah that’s pretty much what my problem was with this – despite it having a title that pretty much guaranteed the story within would provide at least a modicum of enjoyment for me It may have taken years but I finally decided to nut up and read this out on the deck earlier this year when it wasn’t hot enough to fuse my underwear to my ass I don’t know what I was scared of It was exactly what I hoped it would be with characters who I would love know in real life And while it certainly does not compare to We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves it shouldn’t have to They are totally different stories that I wouldn’t even categorize in the same genre


  8. Katharine Katharine says:

    I can’t decide how successful this novel actually was in storytelling On the one hand I genuinely liked all the characters On the other hand a good two thirds of the book is spent in telling backstory As a way to describe character and motivation it’s an interesting techniue and kept my attention despite all the narration On the other hand there’s very little real time interaction between the characters Although what interaction there is plays out beautifully and believably it’s also spread between the six main characters like a series of interconnected vignettes or short stories rather than a novel I ended up feeling slightly dissatisfied with the all too brief glimpses into six fascinating storiesAnd let’s face it I couldn’t help wishing for Jane Austen As is the book club is nothing than a framing device and although the novel concludes by asking “who but Jane could have changed us this way?” I didn’t uite believe in the Power of Jane myself I mean I do in real life but there wasn’t much evidence of it here A passing musing from the characters here and there did not do enough to convince me that their lives were truly Changed by Jane or even that any of them were real Janeites since the things they talked about were pretty basic “Oh my gosh Emma is totally classist” The idea that each person’s impressions of Austen influence and intertwine with his or her own life is a great theme but could have been explored much deeplyI did however greatly enjoy the plot parallels with the JA novels and the Janeite in jokes and allusions sprinkled gently over the text as if with a conspiratorial smile On the whole I do recommend the book It was a fun read just not as satisfying as I had hoped for But then my expectations for anything with “Jane Austen” in the title are probably unreasonably high so take this with a grain of salt if you wish


  9. Chanda Chanda says:

    I rate everything four or five stars Probably because if I don't like a book it somehow never gets finished I'm usually reading four or five things at once switching back and forth as different moods strike me unless of course I get drawn deeply into a story and don't want to leaveSuch was the case here I adored this book It seemed like such a pat premise but then was full of such depth such a surprising understanding and interpretation of Austen and Heinlein Le Guin the Bronte sisters and Rand even though only in passing that I was entirely floored and charmed by it I even loved the damned movie JeebusI don't really want to use this tool for synopses or reviews or anything I have no idea what I'll end up saying about each book but about this one I'll say that if you love Austen or sci fi or just engaging characters brilliantly sketched you will probably really enjoy this book It goes very very well with tea


  10. Exina Exina says:

    This book is boring and obnoxious Bernadette's Austen was a comic genius Her characters her dialogue remained genuinely funny not like Shakespeare's jokes which amused you only because they were Shakespeare's and you owed him that Talking trash about Shakespeare??


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The Jane Austen Book Club[EPUB] ✰ The Jane Austen Book Club By Karen Joy Fowler – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The Extraordinary New York Times Bestseller In California's central valley five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen's novels Over the six months they get together marriages are tested affair The Extraordinary New Austen Book PDF ✓ York Times Bestseller In California's central valley five women and The Jane Epub / one man join to discuss Jane Austen's novels Over the six months they get Jane Austen Book PDF/EPUB è together marriages are tested affairs begin unsuitable arrangements become suitable and love happens With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters appealing The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that despite two centuries of separation unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.


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I was born Austen Book PDF ✓ in Bloomington Indiana I was due on Valentine's Day but The Jane Epub / arrived a week early; my mother blamed this on a really exciting IU basketball Jane Austen Book PDF/EPUB è game My father was a psychologist at the University but not that kind of psychologist He studied animal behavior and especially learning He ran rats through mazes My mother was a polio survivor a schoolteacher and a pioneer in the co operative.