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A Jane Austen Daydream Paperback – April 2, 2013
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- Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List.
"Southard has taken the facts about the great author and woven them into a credible, touching, and also entertaining portrait of a life."
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"To call this book a biography would be to do a great injustice to biographers everywhere. This book is a work of fiction, only marginally influenced by the facts."
In an interview, he states that little is known of Jane Austen's personal life - mainly due to Cassandra burning her letters and the family members who knew her, painted her as a candidate for sainthood. The author fills in the gaps.
Imagine what it would be like to be `a fly on the wall' in the Steventon rectory in the late eighteen century, or to be a `bee in the bonnet' of Jane Austen. That is what the author tales - the intimate life in the Austen household.
Throughout, the daydream is populated with `look-alike' characters from her books. Mrs. Austen is somewhat like Mrs. Bennet, Cassandra is sweet as Jane Bennet, and of course Jane is like Lizzie. (It is interesting to guess who the real life persons resemble the characters.)
Jane Austen is portrayed as a real person - warts and all! At times she is angry, jealous, bitter, biting but throughout the book she is passionate about her writing and characters.
The author populates his tale from the works of Jane Austen. One character, Mrs. C d B, is not the shrew from Rosings but a character from Emma. There are lines from the dialog that are lifted out of the works. Mrs. Austen gets to say the most famous line, "It is a truth universally...." The treatment of Austen's short engagement to Biggs-Withers is treated differently. Jane herself gets to say, after breaking the engagement and approaching the Biggs mansion, "And of this place, thought Jane, I might have been mistress! ...." Can you catch the other quotes?Read more ›
'A Jane Austen Daydream' is a fictional story based on the life of Jane Austen, although the way it was written made me wish that it was real. I could really empathise with Jane all along - I felt we had a lot in common and I would have loved to have known her.
As I got to the mid-point of the book, I was surprised when a certain character entered the pages of the story and I wondered if this book was really Jane Austen's daydream, or if it was Scott D. Southard's daydream. Perhaps it was both. I've never seen an author make such a hilarious and risky move, but it was brilliant. You'll have to read it to find out what I'm referring to.
As I read this wonderful book, I not only felt captivated by the characters, but also by the art of Scott D. Southard's storytelling. It has inspired me to work harder on improving my own writing so I can tell a story just as well.
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Jane Austen novels (or the TV and movie adaptations).
Southard doesn't rely on the great works to develop his characters instead putting in the legwork himself by showing us the characters in action and through the eyes of their community. There is a commonality in the family that flows in a logical fashion. Jane and Cassandra are who they are because Mrs. Austen is who she is. Mr. Austen is stern, as would be appropriate for clergy of the time, but he is caring and kind-hearted and generally wants the best for his children even when they're not looking out for the best for themselves. Mrs. Austen lauds Cassandra for how caring she is but she, herself, mothers the community and knows the goings on in the homes of everyone she comes across because they let her in and want her there. I know a lot of readers out there will scoff seeing that the author is male that he could convey the finer emotions but I can't help but imagine that Southard's representation of what her life might have been life would make even Jane Austen proud.Read more ›
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It is always a pleasure to discover a wonderful tale among the free Kindle books. As I read this book, I found myself transported to the era of Jane Austen, living among her family... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deborah W. Lesley
I was given a free audio book copy by the author and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this masterful book and how well it was narrated. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Regina M.
very fun read,. very similar to Syrie James Jane Austen First LovePublished 11 months ago by Phillip Healy
I could feel Jane's pain in each chapter,just wanting what everyone else seemed to come by, by chance. But yet never giving up who she was.Published 13 months ago by Terri
I very much enjoyed reading this book and seeing the author's vision of how Jane came up with her characters. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Did love the book; very much written in the style of Jane Austen. Would recommend it to anyone who loves Jane Austen. Very well done, great story.Published 15 months ago by ilsa mayer