Behind Jane Austen's Door Kindle Edition
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explore the challenges and lives of Jane Austen's women. Included is an appendix that provides a quick overview of the Regency era.
More accessible in tone and organization than the excellent "Behind Closed Doors" by Amanda Vickery and "If Walls Could Talk" by Lucy Worsley, which cover similar but more comprehensive territory, this book can be used as a quick reference by people who want immediate access to the purposes and functions of the rooms in a Georgian household. What distinguishes this book is its close association to Jane Austen and her novels (much like Jennifer Kloestler's book, "Georgette Heyer's Regency World", associates it with that author).
One gains close glimpses of a rich family as well as one of more modest means, such as the household that Jane Austen's mother oversaw, and while much of the territory that Jennifer covered seemed familiar, it is arranged in such a pleasant and easy to use format that new authors to the Jane Austen genre or Regency romance will find it very useful, especially Jane Austen fans. "My mother made her entree into the dressing-room through crowds of admiring spectators yesterday afternoon, and we all drank tea together for the first time in five weeks ... We live entirely in the dressing-room now, which I like very much; I always feel so much more elegant in it than in the parlour.Read more ›
You can imagine then how excited I was when Jennifer Forest contacted us and asked if we would like to review her book, Behind Jane Austen's Door. The book description on Amazon promised exactly what I was looking for: "Behind Jane Austen's Door takes you on a tour of a Regency house, room by room, to explore the delicate challenges and the beautiful lives of Jane Austen's women." The only question remaining was would it deliver?
It did. Forest walks the reader through a standard Regency house, showing us the room, where it was positioned on the floor plan, and what it was used for. I found answers to many questions I searched for in writing His Good Opinion, such as the placement and purpose of the breakfast room.
Equally delightful for the Austen fan, she intersperses her explanations with quotes from Jane Austen's work. Through this, we gain not only an understanding of home life in the Regency period, but insight into what hidden little Austen quotes might mean.
Forest's writing style made this a quick and easy read. Her manner was light, rather than studious. I felt as if a friend were explaining things to me, which is always a more pleasant way to learn than by reading dull, dusty tomes.
The one thing lacking is a solid bibliography.Read more ›
First of all, it tells us that we will look "behind the doors" of a middle-class Regency home such as the one Jane Austen lived in. To that end, the author gives us a floor plan of the main floor public areas and the upper floor sleeping rooms. Fine and dandy. Then she tells us what each room on the main floor is for and what activities take place in these rooms. Even though the writing is 5th grade-level I'm still interested. In between she quotes passages from various Austen books that (in her mind) relate to the room she is talking about. AND THEN, I get to the end of a page where she is describing the kitchen and that page is repeated over and over and over and over again for at least 80 pages!!! I manage to page through the repeats and finally that chapter ends. AND THEN, it's the end of the book!!! The author never gets to the upper floors to tell us about the sleeping/nursery arrangements, which was the floor I was most interested in to begin with. It just ends with a "thank you for reading my book" from the author. Crazy time.
Now, I am well aware that some of these free Kindle books have problems with paging, continuity, etc. and maybe in the future this one will be cleaned up but, until then, stay away from this book. Even though it was free when I got it, it wasn't worth the aggravation. I am not a happy camper right now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title explains it. If wish to learn about life in Austen's time. It is a gives information on the country home.Published 15 months ago by mageela
A short, but intriguing look into the regency world, told through a tour of a gentle woman's home. A delightful read for fans of Jane Austin.Published 18 months ago by M. Hull
A life well lived important and I think my choice if all were available is being single with an excellent income.Published 19 months ago by Barkcloth Hawaii
Jennifer Forest has answered so many of my questions about the Regency Era. I appreciate her wealth of knowledge and this handy historical reference will elucidate and enhance my... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kathy I.
A good read for the curious. This book tells the function of each room in a Regency home and how it came to be that way. Read morePublished on August 2, 2014 by M Z Smith
An interesting look at the floorplan of a typical home in Jane Austen's day. A detailed account of the use of each room.Published on July 13, 2014 by DianneA
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