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All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-Long Journey with Jane

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ISBN13: 9781402265853
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An illuminating insight...fascinating.--Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary

A journey through both a physical landscape and the geography of the human heart and mind...delightfully entertaining and often deeply moving, this book reminds us that Austen's world--and her characters--are very much alive.--Michael Thomas Ford, author of Jane Bites Back

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With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en espanol, Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure: a traveling book club with Jane. In six unique, unforgettable countries, she gathered book-loving new friends-- taxi drivers and teachers, poets and politicians-- to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

Whether sharing rooster beer with Guatemalans, joining the crowd at a Mexican boxing match, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy came to learn what Austen knew all along: that we're not always speaking the same language-- even when we're speaking the same language.

But with true Austen instinct, she could recognize when, unexpectedly, she'd found her own Senor Darcy.

All Roads Lead to Austen celebrates the best of what we love about books and revels in the pleasure of sharing a good book-- with good friends.

Review:

"In this humorous memoir, devoted Austen fan Smith, a writing and literature teacher, sets out to discover whether Austen's magic translates for readers in six Latin American countries (Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina), where she organizes book clubs to discuss Spanish translations of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. Though Smith continuously calls attention to her limited Spanish language skills, she skillfully highlights how and why certain Spanish words are apt for describing Austen's world and characters. Austen's work provides a touchstone for surprising discussions about class, gender, and race, as well as history and literature. Smith's account reads like an educational travel blog, full of colorful characters, overviews of the history and the traditions of each culture, as well as reflections on her own preconceived assumptions and stereotypes. This enjoyable book should appeal to fans of literature and travel, especially those interested in Latin America. Agent: Lisa Adams, The Garamond Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Amy Cookson, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by Amy Cookson)
"Thank god for feisty women, rich or poor. Thank god for anyone who’ll fight for the right to sit down with a good book��"and then, the right to sit down with some good friends and that good book (164)."

English professor Amy Elizabeth Smith takes a sabbatical to spend the year traveling to six countries in Latin America, holding a book group (in Spanish) to discuss one of Jane Austen’s novels in each country she visits. In each country, Smith followed the same basic blueprint: settle in, get recommendations for books written by native authors, buy lots of books, provide a little history of country and chronicle major tourist excursions, hold book discussion. In short, if my Spanish were better, she’s living a dream of mine.

One delight I must mention: Each chapter opens with a beautiful illustration of a Regency style woman in the country Smith is currently visiting. If they were available as bookplates, I would buy them. Instead, I'll settle for the charming travelogue itself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402265853
Author:
Smith, Amy Elizabeth
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Author:
Smith, Amy
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this humorous memoir, devoted Austen fan Smith, a writing and literature teacher, sets out to discover whether Austen's magic translates for readers in six Latin American countries (Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina), where she organizes book clubs to discuss Spanish translations of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. Though Smith continuously calls attention to her limited Spanish language skills, she skillfully highlights how and why certain Spanish words are apt for describing Austen's world and characters. Austen's work provides a touchstone for surprising discussions about class, gender, and race, as well as history and literature. Smith's account reads like an educational travel blog, full of colorful characters, overviews of the history and the traditions of each culture, as well as reflections on her own preconceived assumptions and stereotypes. This enjoyable book should appeal to fans of literature and travel, especially those interested in Latin America. Agent: Lisa Adams, The Garamond Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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