Almost every female reader I know grew up on Jane Austen, but I didn’t. My mother didn’t. My grandmother didn’t.
I loved Emma. The witty conversation and the handle Austen had on personalities familiar to all of us is remarkable. Persuasion I’m enjoying. I’ve heard it described as autumnal romance, and the description works. It’s tone is more quiet and gentle.
It’s interesting how I am both drawn to the provencial lives of these characters and at the same time exasperated by them. The mores were such that I would have suffocated, I think, and I’m hardly a rebel. At the same time, these boundries are what make the stories work.
Any other readers out there who didn’t grow up on Austen?