Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Just Jane by Nancy Moser

Although I am in my Pride and Prejudice category right now, I just finished this book, and wanted to write about it while it is still fresh in my mind. 

I enjoyed the book. It was fun reading a novel about Jane Austen’s life. Even though everything can’t be a fact from her life, it was nice to read about all the important happenings in her life when (and sometimes how) they happened. I’m glad Nancy Moser didn’t have to create scandal or things un-authentic to Jane Austen’s life and the time era to make it interesting, like some people do. 

It was written in first person and present tense - as if Jane Austen were composing it in her mind while it was happening, so one would expect it to sound like Jane Austen would talk/think. In some spots, I thought the wording - mostly terms and figures of speech - didn’t sound right for the late 1700s and early 1800s. I noticed some mistakes, such as spelling the last name “Ferras” instead of “Ferrars”, and a couple misuses of the word “alas”. There was a lot of unnecessary paragraphing - things were put in five paragraphs that could easily have been said in one. Just a style of writing, I suppose, and while I found it a bit irritating, it might not annoy someone else. 

All in all, it was a good read. If I had not liked it, I would not have finished it. :-) I recommend it as a fun way to learn about Jane Austen’s life, especially if you know the sold details but would like to see them reimagined. 

By the way, I thought the front cover was beautiful. Bethany House usually does a good job with that. :-)

12 comments:

Charity U said...

I'll have to see if our library has that! Other books about Jane Austen that I've enjoyed include Cassandra's Sister by Bennett and Jane Austen: A Life by Carol Shilelds. If , of course, you want to know more about her. :) OH! I just looked it up on our library's website and they have it! Thanks for the recommendation! :) I'll confess, I can hardly wait to read it. :)

Melody said...

Oh, thanks! I'll keep those in mind. =)

Aren't libraries swell? ;-) I declare...one of these days I shall have to do a post ALL about libraries. =D I'm glad my little review was of use to someone. :-)

Charity U said...

FYI, I was Elinor Dashwood. :) I took that quiz quite a while ago...so interesting to discover who I was! But I always did feel like I would be most similar to her, though I'd rather be Lizzie.

Melody said...

Oh! :-) I usually get Elizabeth or Marianne, depending on the quiz. So I must be a combination between them! ;-)

I've always liked Elinor... :-)

Elegance of Fashion said...

I think for Jane Austen quizzes, I always end up as Elizabeth. I took a Northanger Abbey quiz awhile back and I ended up as Catherine though.

Elegance of Fashion said...

You've been awarded the "Stylish Blogger Award"! http://elegance-of-fashion.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-first-award.html

Congratulations!

Charity U said...

I awarded you on Austenitis! Also, I started reading this book right before bed last night, telling myself I could only read ONE chapter. I read five. Whoops. :) The present tense is a bit annoying, but otherwise I'm enjoying it! Thank you for the recommendation!
And btw, I'm glad you like Elinor. :)

Melody said...

Thanks for the awards! :-)

Haha, I'm glad you are enjoying it, Charity. :)

Miss Dashwood said...

Misspelling Ferrars?? Horrors! Dear, dear.
:P
I'm rereading your back posts, so you may expect quite a few of these "after the fact" comments in the next few days. :)

Melody said...

I know, I know! And you've never met anyone before who misspelled Ferrars, have you?? I can't even imagine misspelling Ferrars!
Ha, ha, ha.

Splendid! I love after-the-fact comments. =)

Marie said...

Thanks for this review! This book was recommended to me, but when I saw the cover it looked like some sort of "Christian" romance novel and, well, you know how those can be. But maybe I'll give it a try after all!

Miss Dashwood said...

Ooooh, I wanna see that post on libraries. :D

(heehee, 'twould seem I've done this comment-on-back-posts thing before, but I don't think I got through all the archives. This time I am determined to do so, and to catch up on all those songs posts I missed.)

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