Hey “Brucesters”! It’s time to flip open a new book or with some of you younger followers it’s time to download your new read! I have no idea how that works! I’m sure I will eventually move forward on that one. I mean Oprah is into it. I need to catch up but until then I will buy my reads the old way; at a bookstore with a customer service person and everything.
Of course you know last month my read of choice was “To Kill a Mocking Bird”. In the spirit of old school I thought I would actually reach even further back and try out some Jane Austen.
If you are more of a new and trendy kind of person I highly recommend taking a walk on the vintage side and discover a writer that transformed the literary world one novel at a time. At a time when being a woman and a writer was simply unheard of.
In fact I am going to go one further and I am going to tackle Jane’s collection of masterpieces over the course of the next 6 months! I am going to start with “Sense and Sensibility” I am really excited about this one! And kind of scared too. I understand these novels can get under your skin and change the fabric of who you are. Am I ready for such a transformation? Being of the male species am I immune to it’s spell? I guess we shall see!
If you are going to brave up and join me then I would suggest starting with a lovely movie called “Becoming Jane” starring Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell and the incomparable Maggie Smith. Just to really get you in the mood.
Well I won’t keep you as I know Tuesday can be a hectic day for everyone. It’s not yet hump day and the weekend is still a distant hope away. In the meantime grab yourself some classic Jane because before there could be J.K Rowling there had to be Jane Austen!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Sense and Sensibility.
Edited by: Mary Ellen Monk