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  •  I've also said this before (9+ / 0-)

    in some other diary where someone was trashing Austen, I tried to make the point

    Austen is a pivot point in the time line of English Literature.  You don't understand what she was writing against.  

    Her larger point aside from genteel story-telling is to break from what are known as "Sensibility Novels" or "Sentimental Novels" like Vicar of Wakefiled and The Fool of Quality and all that sort of stuff.

    Other writers in her time were starting to write open scathing satires of them, while her take was much more subtle.  Lose that context and I can understand why you fail to take away anything from her writing, character forming, dialog, rationalization and structure.

    You not giving a shit is hardly relevant.   Read The Sorrows of Young Werther and you will be equally underwhelmed but I would hope you'd have the wisdom and self-restraint from proclaiming that Goethe is a horrible writer.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 06:54:52 PM PDT

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