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    A second 2017 classic read

    Early in the year I posted my 2017 classic novel read thread, asking for recommendations. Someone, I disremember who just now, suggested Villette by Charlotte Brontë, which I read, and enjoyed. Now, after mid-year, I got me a hankerin' to read another, and I'm thinking Austen. I haven't read any of Austen's half-dozen novels, and everybody, it seems, is in love with P&P, but I'm a cantankerous sort, and think I'll do one of the others. Mansfield Park, maybe. Comments from anyone who's read it?

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    Emma, because I like unreliable narrators
    “Is it possible that the relationship between humanity and evil is similar to the relationship between the ocean and an iceberg floating on its surface? Both the ocean and the iceberg are made of the same material. That the iceberg seems separate is only because it is in a different form. In reality, it is but a part of the vast ocean.”
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    I liked Nothanger (sp?) Abbey. I liked Mansfield Park too. Persuasion struck me as elegiac, and I believe it was written while Austen was dying. I couldn't get into Emma--too much tell, too little show for too long.

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    Persuasion also good (thumbs up emoticon)
    “Is it possible that the relationship between humanity and evil is similar to the relationship between the ocean and an iceberg floating on its surface? Both the ocean and the iceberg are made of the same material. That the iceberg seems separate is only because it is in a different form. In reality, it is but a part of the vast ocean.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harlequin View Post
    Emma, because I like unreliable narrators
    Emma is a great pairing/follow-up to Villette. I love what Austen (in a letter) wrote about Emma, before she'd really started the novel:

    I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.
    And then the first sentence of Emmal, not nearly as famous as Pride and Prejudice, but just as memorable in my mind:

    Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich.
    It's a complicated novel, with some really interesting choices by Austen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harlequin View Post
    Persuasion also good (thumbs up emoticon)
    Yes, as is Sense and Sensibility. But Northanger always makes me laugh, even after teaching it some ten or so times.

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