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The role that living at Chawton played in both Caroline's life as well as in Jane Austen's life, is beautifully depicted throughout each chapter. Not only does Caroline have the fortitude and courage of her Aunt Jane, she also has some lovely writing skills of her own. This story flows beautifully between the generations and the fact that an Austen family memoir hasn't been written since 1867 makes this a very special contribution for readers of Jane Austen, as well as for the scholars who study her work.
It's hard for modern-day readers to completely comprehend the way of life that is described through Jane Austen's stories. That is another gift that this book offers us as readers gain an inside look into the lives of the Knight family; their relationships, traditions, and family history come alive on these pages, helping readers to see how even though 200 years have passed since Jane Austen wrote and revised her stories at Chawton, many of the rituals and expectations experienced by Caroline as she grew up at Chawton would be as familiar to Jane today as they were during Caroline Knight's life at Chawton.
Yet, what I took away most from this memoir is the love, respect, and admiration that Caroline Jane Knight feels for her Aunt Jane. As a woman living 200 years later, Caroline can empathize with some of the struggles her aunt faced during her lifetime and connect with the characters from Jane's books that we love so much. Caroline can also attest to Jane's authentic portrayals of her characters' challenges and personalities as someone who grew up in a place where time had stood still in so many ways for the Knight family as the major landowners of their village. The photographs included in this book are a nice touch.
15% of the proceeds for this book are being donated to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, which is truly a beautiful way to contribute to our world in the memory of Jane Austen.
And that is the opening line of Caroline Jane Knight's memoir, "Jane & Me". I, an unabashed Janeite, was instantly hooked. What could have happened to make this blood relation of Jane Austen's (one of the greatest authors ever) want to reject her entire heritage? Over the next 250-some pages, Knight takes us on her personal journey from when her family forfeited their ancestral home to her present day successes...all the while weaving her Great Aunt Jane and Chawton House into stories from two-hundred years ago with her own yesterdays and tomorrows. I loved peeking in all the windows and nosing about the cupboards through such an intimate and masterfully written point of view.
Regardless if you have been fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage to Chawton to see Jane Austen's house (the cottage) and the Great House or if visiting where Jane Austen walked remains on your bucket list -- this book is a must-buy for your collection.
I enjoyed learning the personal journey and family history of the author, who is Jane's fifth great-niece and a direct descendant of Jane's brother, Edward Austen Knight. And (perhaps I wanted this to be so!), I detected a certain strength and spunk in the author's voice that reminded me of an earlier voice in the family.
Caroline Knight’s description of the family home sent me back to another life. A life that was seemingly simple, but as we learn anything but simple. You feel the hard work ethic coming from the facts of life at that time and the drive of Ms. Knight’s example. Jane Austen would have been very proud of her fifth great niece had she known her.
If you love family histories, the sense of dusty rooms and artifacts, a library with such history, you’ll love this telling of a life once lived and how it was seen 2 +centuries later. Caroline Knight, who moved away from her past is now reliving it with a writing ability that even Jane would approve. A definite Jane Austen fan read and also a must read for the anglophile in anyone.