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Austen Powers

Indiscretion by Jude Morgan

Reviewed by Ron Charles
Washington Post Book World

"Halfway through Jude Morgan's Indiscretion comes a litmus test for your sensitivity to Jane Austenism: A young woman in an exquisitely appointed manor in the English countryside complains, 'There is nothing very grand, or exciting, or even terrible, to be met with in a district like this: it is all just narrow provincial dullness.' If that line inspires an ironic little grin, you have the good sense and sensibility to keep reading. But if, instead, you think, 'She's absolutely right,' you will already have dropped off into a deep sleep hundreds of pages earlier. This is, after all, a story that counts among its exciting moments a crisis involving who will escort whom into the dining room. (Relax, I won't give it away.) And don't be misled by that suggestive title: The naughty bits (there are two: one early, one late) are described in language so refined and elevated that the bodice is not so much ripped as tipped — and even that only slightly...." Read the entire Washington Post Book World review.

2 Responses to "Austen Powers"

    Jutta Ciolek January 5th, 2007 at 3:03 am

    This is a wonderful review. it balances the good and the bad of the book in a very interesting manner and made me think about buying the book!

    I love receiving Powells Book reviews - such wonderful reviews in great English! And very helpful in getting the newest info about what is on the market to read!!!!

    Albert Armijo January 5th, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Do you ever review mysteries or foreign intrigue books?

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