All Roads Lead to Austen

All Roads Lead to Austen

A Year-long Journey With Jane

Book - 2012
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How successfully does the world of Jane Austen translate into Spanish? One intrepid author finds out in this literary exploration/travel memoir. On sabbatical, Austen devotee Smith embarked on a project to discuss Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma with reading groups in Latin America. Displaying the good cheer and wry humor befitting an Austenite (as opposed to, say, an Emily Bronte or George Eliot enthusiast), she plunged into Spanish immersion classes in Guatemala, then set off for a romantic fling and the first of several reading adventures in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Smith was happy to discover that Austen's genteel 19th-century English setting and formal narrative style proved to be relatable to her eager readers: Nearly all of them recognized their own lives in the plots and affirmed that issues of gender, class and familial obligation transcend era and locale.
Publisher: Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2012], ©2012
ISBN: 9781402265853
Branch Call Number: 823.7 Sm
Description: xvi, 367 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 11, 2014

This is an excellent novel. If you are a Jane Austen fan you will love all of the references to her novels. Even if you are not an Austen fan there is something for everyone. Smith is funny, insightful, and honest as she shares her journey through Latin america.

ser_library Aug 15, 2012

learning of Amy's experiences in Latin America is more interesting than the Jane Austen aspect


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Jun 20, 2013


"When Argenineans see lightling, what do they think is happening? They think it's God, taking their picture."


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