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The Jane Austen Book Club ~ Movie Review
Like it or not, Jane Austen is a rock on which the genre was founded. But as the members of a Jane Austen reading group, who live in Sacramento, analyze the behavior of the characters in her novels, the movie is also a savvy course on how to read a novel of manners. Is a knight in shining armor really Mr.
The Jane Austen Book Club
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Jane Austen wrote six novels, which are pillars of English literature in spite of being delightful, wise, warm and beloved. Robin Swicord's "The Jane Austen Book Club" centers on its six members, who meet over six months to discuss the novels, which seem to have an uncanny relevance to events in their own lives, just as the newspaper horoscope always seems to be about you. No, it is not necessary to have read the novels or seen all the Jane Austen movie adaptations, but that would add another dimension to your appreciation of this film.
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You can see where Karen Joy Fowler got the idea for this novel, because she shows you. Near the end of this book she includes excerpts from the "opinions" of family and friends that Jane Austen collected and recorded. Fowler has thought of Austen testing out her novels on her readers but actually testing her readers against her novels and combined it with that modern phenomenon, the book group. In their nice homes in California's Sacramento Valley, with many exact details of food and furnishings, five women and one man meet monthly to discuss one of Jane Austen's novels. Six people, six months, six of course Austen novels.
L iterary matters less crass lie at the centre of writer-director Robin Swicord's The Jane Austen Book Club , a dramatic comedy in which middle-class Californian women form a reading group to study the novels of Jane Austen over a period of some six months. The object is to console one friend who's been deserted by her husband and another who's grieving over the loss of a pet dog. As there are six novels to be covered over six months, they need a sixth member and by chance this turns out to be a wealthy young Silicon Valley entrepreneur Britain's Hugh Dancy , a sci-fi fan who's never read a word of Austen. It's Steel Magnolias at an Open University summer school and everything that happens in this highly contrived, self-consciously literate, self-congratulatory elitist work echoes, refers to or is inspired by Austen. It will send shibboleths running down many people's spines, but I rather enjoyed it and especially liked the ensemble performances.