“A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”
Jane Austen – Mansfield Park
It’s Mansfield Park month!
In the interests of full disclosure, I have a lot of feelings about Mansfield Park.
I did my uni dissertation on Austen adaptations (because of course I did!) and I chose Mansfield Park to focus on. I picked it because I liked it the least, I’d never read it and I forgot it was one of the longest books! It’s fair to say that it did make me appreciate Mansfield Park a lot more.
Straight off – I don’t like any of the adaptations, except for the old BBC one. But it isn’t a story which lends itself to modern re-tellings, I don’t think. Of all the Austens, I’d say it’s the most of its time.
I’m not trying to put you off, because I really feel that Mansfield Park is the most undervalued of Austen’s novels. It’s definitely worth a read! Here’s the blurb for you:
The novel tells the story of Fanny Price, starting when her overburdened, impoverished family sends her at age ten to live in the household of her wealthy aunt and uncle; it follows her development and concludes in early adulthood.
From early on critical reception has been diverse. To some, the heroine Fanny Price was appealing; to others appalling. Some saw the novel as straightforward; others as intensely ironic with many disguised allusions. Some have emphasised the novel’s traditional values; others have emphasised radical and feminist interpretations. Was Austen for or against theatrical performance? What part does religion and ordination play in the novel?
That’s a lot of questions for a blurb to ask! Hold on to your bonnets, it’s going to be an interesting one!
So without further ado, here are some free resources for you to read along:)
Also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.
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Here’s another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. But let’s not get into that again.
- Thursday 30th May 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion
And don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub.
Adatation wise, there are 3 main ones:
And next month is the last of the Austens! It’s Northanger Abbey!