Readers are often puzzled how a spinster wrote so perceptively about romance and the human heart. What a confusing and conflicting read. Should she expose the deep and dark secrets of the Austen family? I never gave much thought to how Jane Austen died. This explains a lot of how I went into the book, and for those who don't m I have mixed feelings about this book. Not because I see anything wrong with it, but there is nothing that historically suggests her sexuality to be of the female persuasion.
Se, come in altri casi, i personaggi fossero stati solo degli omonimi, senza alcuna corrispondenza storica, questo libro non sarebbe stato, paradossalmente, tanto raccapricciante. I recommend this novel for inquisitive minds that want to delve into a presumably fictitious and thought-provoking tale of murder most sinister! Anne and Jane develop a friendship, which Anne, at least, hopes can be something more. In addition, the eighteenth century was not a period during which women had many opportunities, and marriage was often one of the only ways they could be in a position to leave the family home to embark upon a new life. I'm not as disturbed by the conjecture that the author was murdered - supposedly, high levels of arsenic were found in her hair, preserved in memorial jewelry, that lead one to think she was deliberately poisoned. Then after she accused Henry and Elizabeth of having an affair it was the She needed glasses and was advised to not read until she had the glasses. Indeed, I have questioned my own judgment.
Could you give any credence to the theory that Jane Austen's death was not from natural causes? They found a large amount of arsenic- more than a body would have in it naturally- leading to the theo My friend bought me this book, along with Longbourn click for review , for my birthday- and I decided to read both during Austen August. This is actually not a completely baseless theory, as a lock of Austen's hair was tested in 1949, and it contained highly abnormal levels of arsenic. Come mai, undici anni dopo aver lasciato il lavoro a Godmersham era ancora in buoni rapporti con Jane Austen? First, Elizabeth, then James, and finally, sadly, Jane herself. It does allow the reader a rather prolonged glimpse of what the society of the time might have been like, through the eyes of a former governess of the Austen family and close friend of Jane's, but perhaps better to simply read a novel by Jane Austen herself and get the full throttle enjoyment of this style of society novel! This is a dark, dismal take on the world she lived in and wrote about. This book, however, picks as the perpetrator someone I find unlikely. I loved the behind the scenes story of Jane and the Austen family. It did seem to spend a large amount of time where Anne gets to know Jane, but then that was the first and longest amount of time that they spent together, so Ashford can be forgiven for glossing over the intervening years up until just at the end.
Our narrator Miss Sharp, a lowly governess, comes into the acquaintance of Miss Austen through her employer Jane's brother , and their acquaintance soon turns into a friendship. So a book exploring her death, and backed up with research into the archives at Chawton House, in other libraries, and also by careful perusal of some of her best known biographies was intriguing. She was fortunate to find work as a companion to a wealthy woman who let her visit Jane, her mother and her sister Cassandra, whose straitened circumstances forced them to move often over the years until the sudden death of Elizabeth, when the wealthy Edward finally provided them with a home at Chawton. I must not depend upon ever being blooming again. The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen is affectionate towards its subject matter but unfortunately lacks not just substance but also has very little in the way of style. The storyline is interesting as well as intriguing.
I enjoyed reading and thinking about Jane Austen, her novels, and recalling visiting sites where she had been in Bath and Winchester. Anne is as sharp as her name suggests, and she sees things others have missed. As I suppose she always must. Janeites may be enthralled or appalled, but they'll agree that this literate page-turner is thought-provoking. I thought the book is more of an argument, not a totally fiction.
Is there something Hidden passions. Was Austen murdered by way of arsenic poisoning? We are just not privy to the details. Join 17,459 other followers Sign me up! Our protagonist, Anne Sharp, can! This is actually not a completely baseless theory, as a lock of Austen's hair was tested in 1949, and it contained highly abnormal levels of arsenic. This is what he wrote to me yesterday: Thank you for entrusting the letter from the late Miss J. I thought Jane was portrayed very well, but some of her family turn out to be very unpleasant people. Many of the Austen siblings, in-laws, and children make an appearance in this novel, and it can be difficult to keep them, their familial relationships, and secrets straight.
My friend bought me this book, along with Longbourn click for review , for my birthday- and I decided to read both during Austen August. I enjoyed all the speculation and gossip about the extended Austen family every bit as much as I expected to, though Jane remained a bit of a cipher. I love history and archaeology; hence, the Egypt compendium. A catharsis act to release all the years of pent up frustration and anger of her dear friends death, which she truly believes was not natural, but by design. We know that Jane Austen was a perceptive observer of people and events in her novels and in her own life. When Miss Sharp and Miss Austen finally do meet, rather than Sharp becoming a more interesting character, instead she becomes even creepier, developing an obsessive love which borders on the stalkerish. I felt that there was a compelling story to be told but sadly lacked the skills of execution.
Some will be offended, but it was an interesting take I never gave much thought to how Jane Austen died. Was quite interested in this book and was pleased that I read it. Vero è che tra le ultime lettere di Jane Austen compaiono due epistole in cui è evidente che Miss Sharp fosse un'amica particolare di Jane, tanto che la scrittrice destinò a lei la lettera del 22 maggio 1817, in cui descriveva alcuni sintomi della sua malattia; poi, dopo la sua morte, il 28 luglio 1817, Cassandra scrisse ad Anne Sharp per spedirle una ciocca di capelli di Jane e dei fermagli che la sorella usava quotidianamente. The culprit was completely unsurprising but also extremely unlikely in terms of historical accuracy. In spite of appearing quite familiar with the history of the time, the author lets an A curious book that plays with fact and fiction in a way I found disturbing in an unpleasant way as a historian, I don't deal with that sort of thing easily , but which also proved quite a page-turner for me. In British crime writer Lindsay Ashford's novel of historical fiction, she has come up with a new theory on why Austen died so young and backs it up with some compelling evidence in her See this review on 1776books.
It is a quick read, and doesn't require any analysis while reading, so it is fun to read in that respect. That is a pet peeve of mine - when an author pretends something they have written is the inspiration for a famous author's work. And some of the theories she works with and then rejects felt a bit forced yes, I had worked out who the guilty party was going to be well before she gets there. Looking at motive, no one around her seems to have one, and the one put forth by the author is quite a stretch. I understand why the story was linked to Jane Austen - the author had done a lot of research, and a modern-day test had revealed abnormally high amounts of arsenic in the single hair tested. From overheard conversat To read The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen is to meet the illustrious Miss Austen before she has become a published author. When I am dead, Rebecca will find it amongst my papers and she can decide whether to read it or toss it on the fire.