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Bitch In a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen from the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps (Volume 1) Paperback – February 4, 2012
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About the Author
Robert Rodi is the author of eight novels and two memoirs; he’s also an accomplished monologist and musician. He lives in Chicago with his partner Jeffrey Smith and a constantly shifting number of dogs. For additional information visit his website, www.robertrodi.com
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The guy genuinely knows his stuff but once he gets into Pride and Prejudice, he starts to dance around so hard trying to be funny or appeal to youth that he becomes what he and Jane mock, prancing like a poodle, spinning like a top, and peeing all over his own points. In trying to emulate the vernacular of the many genuinely witty contemporary writers, he tosses in the odd hilariously dated pop culture reference and the curiously out of synch odd occasional bit of British slang.
I liked a lot of it but the author needs to step out of Jane Austen's way. Her wit isn't analogous to the blunt instruments that writers today wield in a spirit of pure irony. They are funny and so is she, but in different ways and for different reasons. In fact, she is hilarious and amazing because her characters, though often monsters of ego, are also entirely like real people. Comparing them to cartoon characters, characters in Fellini films, and various modern types completely misses the point. It's ludicrous because her characters are the OPPOSITE of those things.
So I recommend these books to all true Austen fans--though with certain caveats.
Rodi thinks a great deal of his own capabilities apparently. He seems quite taken with his rather adolescent humor and coarse analogies. Another reviewer mentions his taking the Lord's name in vain. I should have paid attention. How bad could it be? One of his favorite ejaculations is "sweet creeping J---s!" That's his tone.
Lastly, although under coarseness and literary mugging, there is evidence of genuine literary criticism which I am bound to admit. However, his interpretation of Mansfield Park is so bizarre that I felt obliged to re-read the book as I scarcely recognized the characters in his criticism. Rodi makes the very mistake he accuses others of making. That is of viewing a 19th century novel with 21st century eyes. His lambasting of Fanny Price is ridiculous. Read a little more carefully and the clues to her behavior are there. Bringing in slavery in the West Indies is off the mark. Whether or not Sir Thomas had slaves on his Antiguan property is not relevant to the story. He could have been having management problems, crop failure, trade agreements falling apart ... Austen does not specify. Non issue. Divorce in the family? Mary's solution was perfectly practical to Rodi, what's the problem? Early19th century -- adultery and divorce, huge scandals. Image was everything.
I will not be buying volume two.
Some of his comments fall flat, but the majority are sharp.There is too much space given to the "Jane Austen is not romantic" thesis. Rodi's commentary is unintelligible to anyone who has not actually read the novel under discussion. And if have read Austen you know she is not Romantic in the bodice-buster style. The other reviews are correct, the commentary on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice are spot on. Mansfield Park is such a twaddle that it can be forgiven if a reviewer is somewhat off. Amidst the humor there were many close readings by the author that enlightened me, aspects I had overlooked. It's these observations that make this book much more than a comic rant.
This book is like spending an evening with a smart, funny friend who loves Austen.
He gets this most egregiously wrong with Mansfield Park, which he clearly hates so much that he is incapable of actually reading and understanding the words on the page, and instead makes all sorts of bizarre claims about the characters motivations and personalities which have absolutely no basis in their words or actions in the text.
If you also hate Mansfield Park, this might be a book for you, but don’t expect anything deep or even especially accurate.
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