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  • Posted March 7, 2012

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    A nice read for Jane Austen fans and people who want to enter that club.

    Jane Austen is one of my favourite classic authors, I enjoy her novels so much. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and PERSUASION are my two favourites. My love is easy to explain, because I simply show interest in time, customs, manners and the extraordinary ways of extraordinary characters to finding their love.

    JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED is a biographical attempt to picture Jane Austen’s life, surroundings and novels. Catherine Reef presents the author, her family life and incorporates the books written by Austen into that timeline. It was highly interesting to learn more about Jane’s family and also typical difficulties about publishing in the 18th and 19th century.

    This novel has many information and details, to me mostly already known details and so rather boring sometimes. What I experienced as too long and unnecessary, could assist a reader not accustomed with Austen’s work to follow the novels and analysis of Austen’s work much easier. Catherine Reef gives detailed summaries of all of Jane Austen’s books. The analysis tough isn’t that detailed and insightful.

    JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED interests with a profound index bibliography. In addition this novel has many pictures and additional information and material like original photographed pages of Austen’s letters to offer. The layout is lovely and convinces with many quotes. Also included are filmic references to Austen movie adaptations.

    The writing style isn’t that engaging, rather dry. It took me ages to read JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED because I often got distracted or uninterested, but I still could find a good re-start when reading on.

    As JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED is full of information about Jane Austen that are true and biographical. I shall only mention one reason why we love this book. We can’t get enough of Jane.


    I give it 2,5/5 stars.

    JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED is a good way to learn more about the famous author and her work.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    It's a very informative look at Jane Austen's life, an unbiased look. Reef doesn't try to tell you what she thinks Jane Austen was like, but rather asks questions, and tries to give insight into the kind of life Austen must have lived by depicting the period, and the manners of that time. like Women's status, and how ones manners and place in society really said everything. She also quotes family members when trying to describe Austen's character and looks, and in doing so showing how even reliable people, people who knew her still couldn't agree on some basic things. for example one niece said that aunt Jane had very long dark hair, and another said that she had brown curly hair. But they all agreed that the only picture that we have of her; the one made by her sister Cassandra looks nothing like her. I already knew a lot of the things written here, due to my love of Jane Austen and subsequent fascination with that period. But there were also a lot of things I didn't know; like how Jane had a disabled brother and they made him live separably away from the family. Which ruined the illusion that Jane had a romantic existence. I recommended this book to all Jane Austen lovers.

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