Novelist Rodi (Fag Hag, The Sugarman Bootlegs) launches a broadside against the depiction of Jane Austen as a �a woman�s writer�quaint and darling, doe-eyed and demure, parochial if not pastoral, and dizzily, swooningly romantic � the inventor and mother goddess of �chick lit.�� Instead he sees her as �a sly subversive, a clear-eyed social Darwinist, and the most unsparing satirist of her century� She takes sharp, swift swipes at the social structure and leaves it, not lethally wounded, but shorn of it prettifying garb, its flabby flesh exposed in all its naked grossness. And then she laughs.� In this volume, which collects and amplifies two-and-a-half years� worth of blog entries, he combs through the first three novels in Austen�s canon � Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Mansfield Park � with the aim of charting her growth as both a novelist and a humorist, and of shattering the notion that she�s a romantic of any kind (�Weddings bore her, and the unrelenting vulgarity of our modern wedding industry � which strives to turn each marriage ceremony into the kind of blockbuster apotheosis that makes grand opera look like a campfire sing-along � would appall her into derisive laughter�).
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About the Author
Robert Rodi is the author of seven novels and two memoirs�most recently Seven Seasons In Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance by Tuscany's Proudest People (Ballantine 2011). He also writes for comics and the stage, and fronts the fusion rock band 7th Kind. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter, and visit his website, robertrodi.com.