Book Review :Why Jane Austen? By Rachel M. Brownstein
Why Jane Austen? is an excellent book for extreme Austen fans. The author delves into all aspects of why Jane Austen was a household name-then as well as now, so many years later. She explains how Austen’s words have not only changed the lives of her readers, but also other writers who have become dear to us all.
Brownstein remarks on how people have compared Austen to Shakespeare, but with the exception of a few of his comedies such as: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night , I don’t really see it. I myself have more often called her a female Oscar Wilde when suggesting her books to others.
There were many other aspects on Austen’s writing and life that I did agree with. Whether you are an Austenite or just a literature enthusiast you should form your own opinion on Brownstein‘s thorough analysis on one of the world’s most famous female authors.
Why Jane Austen? would make excellent reading material for book clubs and literary discussion groups.
Review by Stacey Cook
Why Jane Austen? by Rachel M. Brownstien is available now from Columbia University Press at Independent Bookstores and other retail outlets