By Karen Joy Fowler
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In California's principal valley, 5 girls and one guy sign up for to debate Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they social gathering, marriages are verified, affairs start, fallacious preparations turn into compatible, and love occurs. together with her eye for the frailties of human habit and her ear for the absurdities of social sex, Karen pleasure Fowler hasn't ever been wittier nor her characters extra attractive. the result's a scrumptious dissection of contemporary relationships.
devoted Austenites will take pleasure in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run throughout the novel, yet so much readers will easily benefit from the imaginative and prescient and voice that, regardless of centuries of separation, unite nice writers of great social comedy.
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March– June: publication of Les Misérables (novel), written – and –. April: publication of William Shakespeare (literary criticism). October: Charles Hugo marries Alice Lehaene. October: publication of Songs of Street and Wood (Les Chansons des rues et des bois, verse), written and . March: publication of The Toilers of the Sea (Les Travailleurs de la mer, novel). August: birth of Charles’s son Georges. August: death of Adèle I. April– May: publication of The Laughing Man (L’Homme qui rit, novel).
Thus we ﬁnd the spirit of melancholy and meditation and the demon of analysis and controversy appearing together–– virtually arm in arm. Longinus marks one end of this transitional age, Augustine* marks the other. We mustn’t eye the period too scornfully; it was the seedbed of everything that has come to fruition since, and (allow me to use a banal but expressive image) its second-rate writers made it a dunghill to fertilize the future harvest. The Middle Ages were grown from the Byzantine empire.
And what’s more, Boileau. ’ These are, no doubt, signiﬁcant arguments (their most notable merit being their originality). But I don’t have any obligation to answer them. I’m not erecting any system here–– God preserve us from systems! I’m simply stating a fact. I’m writing history, not criticism. Like it or not, this is the way things are. To return to the point, then, let’s try to show that this fertile union of the grotesque with the sublime has been the origin of the modern spirit–– so complex, so varied in form, so inﬁnite in its creations (in striking contrast to the uniform simplicity of the ancient spirit); this must be our point of departure, if we are to describe the real and radical diﬀerence between the two systems.
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