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Virginia Woolf once remarked that of all great writers Jane Austen was âthe most difficult to catch in the act of greatness.â If only sheâd had Mullanâs delightful, though repetitive, book at hand, perhaps Woolf would have discovered the reasons that Austen remains among the greatest, yet...Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of What Matters in Jane Austen?
which makes clear that she basically invented the modern novel in her use of narrative that follows and mimics a character's thoughts – which accounts for the amazing modernity of her novels, while many other books of the period seem ponderous today.Feb 10 2013 | Read Full Review of What Matters in Jane Austen?
He appears to have everything she wrote at his fingertips, and zips around with great energy, although the absence of plot summaries or character snapshots makes this a book primarily for readers who have a good working knowledge of her novels.Jun 07 2012 | Read Full Review of What Matters in Jane Austen?
With numerous editions of her works and film adaptations many of us think we know her stories, but in What Matters in Jane Austen John Mullan offers fresh lines of enquiry into the minutiae of her novels that will have all Austen fans scrambling for their copies of Pride and Prejudice, Emma et al.Jul 06 2012 | Read Full Review of What Matters in Jane Austen?
The chapters on servants, on looks and on Austen’s novelty are all splendid, and I’ll never be able to not notice the weather in the novels again – Mullan has convinced me that it’s everywhere, and highly significant.Jul 14 2012 | Read Full Review of What Matters in Jane Austen?
But in a book that rightly stresses, as Mullan's does, Austen's fidelity to minutiae, it doesn't inspire confidence that Johnson then misquotes what Austen says about her 'little bit ...| Read Full Review of What Matters in Jane Austen?
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