Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Literary Crisis!


I am having a problem of tremendous proportions. I started re-reading Mansfield Park on Sunday, and cannot seem to appreciate or enjoy it. I am not drawn to any of the characters, Edward (though nice) is dull, and I find Fanny insipid and boring. This is Jane Austen. I should like Jane Austen, and I don't remember disliking Mansfield Park the first time I read it. Have I grown more more picky? Am I more shallow and unable to appreciate these very quiet characters? I have no idea. All I know is that I have put the book down, unfinished, and am turning to my fluffy library books for amusement.

Perhaps if my copy had illustrations like this one I should find it more enjoyable!

3 comments:

Katsuke said...

I didn't have a problem reading Mansfield Park, but I know what you're talking about regarding Fanny.

Irritating and boring.

dorenabeana said...

I haven't actually read Mansfield Park, but I wasn't too terribly impressed by the movie (though I'm sure the book is better). To be honest though, I am not very fond of Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen is amazing, but not all of her works are equally appealing...

Rachel said...

I adore Sense and Sensibility, though not as much as P&P and Emma.

Fanny did always make me crazy... kinda in the same way that Elsie Dinsmore makes me crazy.