By William Deresiewicz
An eloquent memoir of a tender man's existence reworked via literature.
In A Jane Austen Education, Austen student William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to bare the notable lifestyles classes hidden inside of. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his personal reviews to illustrate the iconic energy of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature pupil to a fortunately married guy, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the tale of 1 man's discovery of the realm outdoor himself.
A self-styled highbrow insurgent devoted to writers comparable to James Joyce and Joseph Conrad, Deresiewicz by no means concept Austen's novels could have something to supply him. but if he used to be assigned to learn Emma as a graduate scholar at Columbia, whatever outstanding occurred. Austen's devotion to the standard, and her trust within the worth of normal lives, ignited anything in Deresiewicz. He all started viewing the realm via Austen's eyes and treating these round him as generously as Austen handled her characters. alongside the best way, Deresiewicz was once surprised to find that the folk in his existence built the intensity and richness of literary characters-that his personal existence had without warning received the entire fascination of a unique. His genuine schooling had eventually began.
Weaving his personal story-and Austen's-around those her novels inform, Deresiewicz exhibits how her books are either approximately schooling and themselves an schooling. Her heroines know about friendship and feeling, staying younger and being reliable, and, in fact, love. As they develop up, they examine classes which are imparted to Austen's reader, who learns and grows by way of their aspects.
A Jane Austen Education is a testomony to the transformative strength of literature, a party of Austen's mastery, and a pleasure to learn. even if for a newcomer to Austen or a lifelong devotee, Deresiewicz brings clean insights to the novelist and her liked works. finally, Austen's global turns into indelibly entwined with our personal, displaying the relevance of her message and the triumph of her vision.
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A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz