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سیلویا گفت «وقتی داشتم می‌رفتم بیمارستان، فکر کردم اگر حال الگرا خوب باشه، خوشبخت‌ترین زن دنیا می‌شم. حالش خوب بود، منم خوشبخت‌ترین بودم. اما امروز ظرف‌شویی گرفته، گاراژ پر از سوسک شده، خبرهای روزنامه پر از بدبختی و جنگه، هنوز هیچی نشده باید به خودم یادآوری کنم که شاد باشم. می‌دونی، اگه برعکس بود، اگر اتفاق بدی برای الگر افتاده بود، مجبور نبودم به خودم یادآوری کنم که ناراحت باشم. تمام عمر ناراحت و غمگین می‌بودم. چرا ناراحتی باید اینقدر قوی‌تر از شادی باشه؟»


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@هر کدام از ما جین آستینِ خودمان را داریم.
آستینِ جوسلین رمان های فوق العاده ای در مورد عشق و عاشقی نوشته، اما خودش هرگز ازدواج نکرده است.
آستینِ برنادت یک نابغه ی طناز است.
آستینِ سیلویا می تواند عاشقانه دوست بدارد و دوست داشته شود، اما این عشق جلوی چشم هایش را نمی گیرد و قضاوتش را مخدوش نمی کند.
آستینِ آلگرا در مورد تأثیر مسائل اقتصادی و نیاز مالی بر زندگی عشقی زن ها می نوشت. اگر الگرا در کتابفروشی کار می کرد احتمالاً آستین را در ققسه ی کتاب های ترسناک قرار می داد.
آستین پرودی، آستینی بود که هربار کتاب هایش را می خواندی با قبل فرق داشت، بنابراین یک سال همه ی کتاب هایش عاشقانه بود و سال بعد یک باره متوجه نثر خوشایند و طعنه آمیزش می شدی. @

آستینِ من، شبیه آستینِ پرودی ست. هر بار کتاب هایش را می خوانم با دفعه ی قبل فرق دارد و هر بار بیشتر دوستش دارم.

اما در مورد کتاب:
پنج خانم و یک آقا، قرار می گذارند در شش ماه، شش رمان جین آستین را بخوانند و در موردشان صحبت کنند. با اِما شروع می کنند و با ترغیب تمام. شش فصل دارد. هر فصل علاوه بر جلسات کتابخوانی، در مورد یکی از اعضای باشگاه است؛ همان کسی که قرار است جلسه ی کتابخوانی در خانه اش برگزار شود.
من در مورد کتاب ها، خیلی سخت گیر نیستم. همین که یک متن روان داشته باشد و یک داستان خوب، برایم کافیست. و این کتاب، یک متن روان دارد و شش داستان خوب. ماجرای چندانی در کتاب اتفاق نمی افتد، به همین خاطر شاید زمین گذاشتنش راحت باشد و تمام کردنش سخت، اما شخصیت های جالبی دارد. تنها نقطه ضعف کتاب، جلسات کتابخوانی هستند. وقتی در مورد کتاب ها و شخصیت های آستین صحبت می کردند، سخت بود باور کنم که هر دو یک کتاب را خوانده ایم. شاید به این خاطر که زمان زیادی از آخرین باری که خواندمشان گذشته.
در کل دوستش داشتم.

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I’m convinced the first thing Jane Austen is going to do on the Day of Resurrection is hire a lawyer and sue the philistines who have commandeered her name and characters. However, this book is beneath her notice. A more clichéd combination of unfulfilled women could hardly be conceived: a middle-aged woman who’s just been left by her husband; her lesbian daughter who falls easily and unhappily in love; a spinster who breeds dogs; a dissatisfied French teacher in an unhappy marriage; and finally, the six-times divorced earth mother who brings them all together for six months of Jane Austen book clubbing. They’re joined by some computer guy named Grigg, if that’s even a name, who probably was supposed to add a bit of male perspective and — surprise! — a love interest, but the book is so poorly written that he’s virtually indiscernible from the women. Their “discussions” are banal, the correspondence to their personal lives contrived, and the characters themselves both irritating and supremely boring, which I suppose must be some sort of an accomplishment. Normally I like reading about losers and rejects (A Confederacy of Dunces, my journals), but these people and their self-created angst grated on my nerves. I borrowed this on cd from the library and found myself skipping ahead because I simply couldn’t take any more of their inane conversations. And, Im shocked — shocked! — to report that skipping parts of the story didnt really detract from its overall flow.

Confession: Embarrassingly enough, I did watch the movie on dvd because it stars that dreamy Hugh Dancy (who, tragically, looks about half my age and body mass) and the movie was not nearly as bad as the book – extremely chick-flicky, but not downright dreadful.

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I like contemporary literary fiction. I really like book clubs. I love Jane Austen. I thought this book would be right up my alley. How could it bore me to tears like that??

Lots of drama about the current lives and loves of the various members of this book club, which has its reflection in the themes of the various Jane Austen novels they read each month. It was mildly interesting, and I finished the book, but it just never really engaged me.

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I really didnt get into the book. In fact, by about the middle of the book, I felt that the only reason @Jane Austen@ shows up in the title--or the book--at all, was because the author knew people like Jane Austen, therefore will buy the book. The book really couldve been about any author--Dickens, the Brontes, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald--with the same results. The ties to the Austen books, in my opinion, are tenuous at best. If the title and the book club were not tied to Jane Austen, the references to the books would be a bit more subtle, and Id consider the book as having more genius, but as it stands, it just seemed like a cheap attempt to get Austen into the book. I adore Jane Austen as much as the next @Janeite@, but this felt cheap to me.

Beyond that, I always felt like the author created her characters, and was trying to keep them from us, much the way Jocelyn tried to keep details of who Grigg was from the others when the book club was formed. Most authors are proud parents of their characters, and want us to know everything about them. To me, Fowler came off as a selfish friend, who doesnt really want to share her friends with others; the only reason shes sharing them here is because shell be the center of attention for a bit. Sadly, the characters I felt closest to were minor ones--Dean, Daniel, and Griggs sisters.

The writing style wasnt bad, and Id consider reading other books by Fowler, but I was disappointed in this particular book.

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*DNF review alert. If you dont think they should exist, do not read this*

Jocelyn and Sylvia, two middle-aged women, one never married and the other crying rivers because she just got divorced; Bernadette, a sixty-seven year-old Liz Taylor; Prudie, a French teacher that shares her thoughts in French whether you speak it or not; Allegra, Sylvias daughter, a thirty year-old lesbian who cannot get a happy relationship, and Grigg, a guy that... I dont know what to say about this choice. All these people start a Jane Austen book club.

This book starts slow and I dont think its pace ever changes (I couldnt finish this thing; I couldnt find the energy, so I put an end to this weird self-inflicted pain).

While I was reading this book, I couldnt stop thinking that if you are going to write about this outstanding author or her works, without a gram of her wit and fine humor, then please, do not do it. Save a tree and your dignity. Fowlers writing style cant get any drier. Lets be honest, some of these characters, from different points of view, have experienced failure; they might be considered “losers”, though that is a harsh word so lets call them... “non-winners”. My point is, there are clever ways of describing non-winners, however, Fowler picked the dullest ways possible. They lacked development, in my opinion. Funny thing, there are many unnecessary and over-detailed anecdotes that tried to explain some... context?, but they only made me forget about the whole plot (okay, lets imagine there is a plot). So this Daria-on-Valium kind of writing really bored me. And that is a big problem for me because I prefer writing over plot. I can deal with an average plot, but the writing must be good. And this is certainly not the case.

Like I said, all these people are members of a Jane Austen book club, so you could imagine all the witty comments you will read. “No animal passion”, Allegra said about Emma. Really? Just find some Sade Book Club, theres some “animal” for you to enjoy. I found some other very insightful remarks like “Emma is a snob”. Yeah, mind-blowing.
A couple of lines later, I was reading some Jocelyns story about tennis and yadda yadda yadda. Then, back to the book. And so on. And so on... I was lost. (Cohesion, coherence, connection?) It is a literary technique, sure, but if you are going to use it, you have to be very crafty to pull that off, lady. And again, this is not the case. I was frankly annoyed by all this. And one of my rules in life (that helps me preserve my mental health) is to not force myself to read something I am not enjoying. I dont have to prove anything to anyone, really. So, if by, lets say, page 50, I feel like I couldnt care less about the whole story, then adiós.

Anyway, there is a movie based on this book. It is one of those chick-flicks you can watch on a Sunday afternoon; I didnt like it that much. Feel free to ask, @then why did you read the book?@ Because I have read somewhere that the screenplay had little to do with the book. So, I thought it was going to be better.
Poor child! Lets just say that you might want to watch the movie and leave it at that. I found it much more entertaining than the book. Sacrilege, I know, but in this case, it is the sad truth.

Jan 24, 2014
* Also on my blog.

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I picked this up because I enjoyed the movie version. I like the story: a modern-day book club that reads all of Jane Austens novels, and the participants lives become entangled and resemble some of Miss Austens famous plots.

However, I thought Fowlers book was scattered and poorly written, and I couldnt finish it. I thought it was mediocre fan fiction.

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