Top positive review
on December 13, 2017
I was kind of torn when I was thinking of what to rate this book. On one hand, the writing consistently annoyed me but I couldn't really blame that on the book because it was written a couple hundred years ago. And it did amuse me a fair amount, so there's that! The book itself is basically a commentary on novels, gothic themes, and the shallowness of the upper class. I found it increasingly funny as Jane Austen would cut into the narrative of the story to deliver a rant on why novels are just as good as any other literature. The story itself is full of naivety and slights which also made reading this quite hilarious. The ending in particular is lovely with it's wrap-up and how Austen chose to pull back and end it like a fairytale. If you haven't read any Jane Austen yet, don't be worried that you won't understand it! It does take some getting used to at the beginning, but all the concealed humor and the less than concealed maneuvering by upper class characters will keep you amused.
The Final Verdict:
While notoriously difficult to read because of it's age, the built in humor and slights will keep even an impatient reader entertained. This is as good a place to start as any if you're looking to read up on some classics.