"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." -- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
The good thing about winter is that it makes fine weather for staying indoors, sipping hot chocolate and snuggling under the afghan for a spot of delicious reading. Jane Austen has been on my brain. It started the other week after viewing "The Jane Austen Book Club." I realized that I had read Emma and Pride and Prejudice, but the not the rest. This oversight must be corrected!
While in London, I was staying in Highgate near Highgate Cemetery and Hampstead Heath. The heath offers grand sweeping views of the city, especially from Kenwood House, a small museum featuring the work of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, and other notable British and Dutch painters. It's free too, donated to the country by the first Earl of Iveagh whose great grandfather had founded the Guinness brewery in 1759. (Just another reason to like Guinness.) Walking back to Highgate Village, you can swing by the cemetery to see the graves of George Eliot, Karl Marx and Jane Austen's cousin, Eliza Austen.
Romantic comedies to be sure, Austen's novels are also a scathing critique of the times, especially of the limited roles for women and their dependence on men. A feminist with a bonnet. I love her descriptive details. Sink into your chair and escape for a few hours.
So with Jane Austen in mind, I am starting my own version of a Jane Austen Book Club. You can join me through Good Reads where I am registered as Enjolive. In the meantime, enjoy these lovely romantic creations found on Etsy.