Ib July 13th, at 5:00 - 7:00 in the McIntyre Room at Carnegie, the Jane Austen Book Club will gather to discuss "Persuasion," Austen's last completed novel. Persuasion is a bittersweet look at love the second time around. It's the story of Anne Elliott who gave up her chance at love at nineteen, only to have her love come back into her life eight years later. "Unhappily unmarried at age 27, and dealing with family financial peril, hope is fading from Anne Elliot's life.
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The JA Book Club had a lively discussion last month about "Northanger Abbey," Austen's parody of the Gothic novel, a popular book form of the day. One new member had even read "The Mysteries of Udolpho," a book wildly popular then and quoted in NA, but unread by even most Austen fans. We applauded her initiative, and since I tried to finish it myself, her perserverence.
In April, we had a great time viewing the adaptation of "Emma"-- "Clueless." the story of a privileged Beverly Hills teen who tries her hand at matchmaking, with mixed results, In May, our meeting is moved to the 18th when we will be discussing "Northanger Abbey," Jane Austen's attempt at a parody of the Gothic novel, a popular genre of the day. Come join us at 6:00 pm in the McIntyre Room in the Carnegie Building, 244 W.
What a great time was had by all at the February meeting! We had our largest crowd ever and the fim "Bride & Prejudice" got a vigorous round of applause. One of our members, Katie, had the brilliant idea to continue to alternate formats for our meeting - one month an Austen novel discussion and the following month the same book in movie format. Her idea was proclaimed as "brilliant" by the folks attending, so it was adopted. Next month we will be reading and discussing "Emma" and