Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Club: Pride and Prejudice

Debate class and soccer kept us from attending the discussion, but we did have our own.   In the end, the girls didn't like it:  "a bunch of teenyboppers who think about nothing but boys."  Viewing the plot from a modern feminist perspective does weigh sadly:  despite the beautiful writing, moral dilemmas, and development of kind and ethical characters, the kids are right about the plot and that says a lot about the sad limitations of women's lives historically.

Reminds me too that I recently read "Longbourn," by Jo Baker, which tells the tale of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants.  A great read!

Earlier this year we read "Wuthering Heights" and then I read "Nelly Dean," by Alison Case, which is similarly about a servant in the house also a great read, adding depth to an understanding of the original.

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