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سیلویا گفت «وقتی داشتم می‌رفتم بیمارستان، فکر کردم اگر حال الگرا خوب باشه، خوشبخت‌ترین زن دنیا می‌شم. حالش خوب بود، منم خوشبخت‌ترین بودم. اما امروز ظرف‌شویی گرفته، گاراژ پر از سوسک شده، خبرهای روزنامه پر از بدبختی و جنگه، هنوز هیچی نشده باید به خودم یادآوری کنم که شاد باشم. می‌دونی، اگه برعکس بود، اگر اتفاق بدی برای الگر افتاده بود، مجبور نبودم به خودم یادآوری کنم که ناراحت باشم. تمام عمر ناراحت و غمگین می‌بودم. چرا ناراحتی باید اینقدر قوی‌تر از شادی باشه؟»


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Ive read the (very) negative reviews of this (there are many) and I have to say, I think a lot of people just didnt get this book. They wanted it to be plot-driven and fun (as so many Austen take-offs are), but this book is much more character-driven and contemplative. I learned a lot about Jane Austen from it (especially from the back matter) and it was a great way to continue to explore her work. Its also so gratifying for me to read about people who live for and through literature. The characters all seemed real to me. I enjoyed their back stories, their foibles, the glimpses into their psyches. Though not the most enthralling novel, this contains many little everyday life stories that are memorable and full of meaning.

To explain my favorite part of the book, Ill have to go into spoiler territory. (view spoiler)[In the chapter where the club discusses Persuasion, Sylvias husband writes her a great love letter. As you may know, the best thing about Persuasion is the love letter Wentworth sends to Anne in the end. Sigh. Is there anything better than a great love letter? (hide spoiler)]

And, for fun, I decided who each character resembled in the world of Austen:

Prudie = Mrs. Bennet. Youre not totally stupid, but youre super annoying and married to someone whos probably too good for you. Also, you are way too interested in young men.

Jocelyn = Elinor Dashwood. Youre so together and sensible. But it seems like youre so worried about other peoples happiness that youre going to let your own slip by the wayside.

Sylvia = Fanny Price. So annoying. You are not perfect! You try to be good and somehow end up making me really dislike you.

Allegra = Marianne Dashwood. Girl, you crazy. Even though youre the life of the party, you seem bound to end up with a dullsville mate.

Bernadette = Emma. I know Bernadette is old and Emma is young, but they both think theyre the queen and were the sorry people.

Grigg = Henry Tilney. So likable and clever with weird taste in women.

(You will notice only one of the characters from my favorite Austen novels, P&P and Persuasion, made it on the list. Thats probably why the book got three stars instead of four.)


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** spoiler alert ** Underdeveloped plot, and underdeveloped characters - it seemed as though she just threw things in the story line as she wrote it. However there were some good bits - the Jane Austen Magic 8 ball was an original idea for one. Id buy one.

It was a good plot idea, Ill give her that, but I thought it was poorly executed. I think the thing that put off the most was how it was written - for the most part - in third person, yet there was an annoying constant use of we.

I thought the romance between Grigg and Jocelyn was arbitrary and just thrown in there because Fowler felt the need to include a heterosexual romance. There was nothing to indicate anything between the two of them and I honestly do not feel that they are a good match.

The numerous flashbacks were overdone. I could have skipped over them and not really have missed anything.

The one character story line that I thought was really good was Allegras. That one was well thought out and well done; the whole stealing her stories and making them stories idea seemed to fit with the theme of the novel somehow. However, I did not like the fact that Allegra and Corrine got back together in the end. If it were me, I would not have forgaven Corrine.

I think I was disappointed because I was expecting it to be more book club than flashbacks - thats how it appeared from the back cover. And the few short paragraphs that were book club scenes were not at all interesting - it appeared that Fowler only included them so she could flaunt the fact that she knows all of Jane Austens novels rather well.

Which leads me to a parallell in this novel and Pride and Prejudice: In P&P Mary seems like a character that you could simply throw away and nothing would really happen to the other characters or plot. It appears to be the same with Bernadette. She just didnt really do anything.


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I rate everything four or five stars. Probably because if I dont like a book, it somehow never gets finished. Im usually reading four or five things at once, switching back and forth as different moods strike me, unless of course I get drawn deeply into a story and dont want to leave.

Such was the case here. I adored this book. It seemed like such a pat premise, but then was full of such depth, such a surprising understanding and interpretation of Austen (and Heinlein, Le Guin, the Bronte sisters, and Rand, even though only in passing) that I was entirely floored and charmed by it. I even loved the damned movie! Jeebus.

I dont really want to use this tool for synopses or reviews or anything. I have no idea what Ill end up saying about each book, but about this one Ill say that if you love Austen, or sci-fi, or just engaging characters brilliantly sketched, you will probably really enjoy this book. It goes very, very well with tea.

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This book was really a disappointment to me. After all the hype I thought this would be a really great book. And its not. Its an ok book, but not a great book.
If you are looking for a great book about friends and book clubs, then you should read @Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons: A Novel (by Lorna Landvik). That is so funny and sad and poignant and touching. Everything this book was not.
My husband is reading this book as well(He is a TRUE Jane Austen fan) and he asked me last night if ALL women were as catty and nasty as the women in this book can be!!!
And when I thought about it last night, I couldnt even remember what most of the book was about and I HAD JUST FINISHED IT!!!!
It was a quick read and that was about it for me. It had some good moments, but it mostly fell flat for me and the end...well, the end was SO...well....I dont even have words to describe it.

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I bought this in a train station with the deliberate aim of reading a puff book. I was not expecting a masterpiece, but this was absolute crap. I kept reading on the off chance that it might improve– it did not. The only redeeming quality of this book is that it is a really fast read (since its fluff).

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