I want DESPERATELY to read a Jane Austen novel, But i don’t have the intelligence to keep up with the words…
Please, any suggestions would be most appreciated. I’m getting tired of being left out of such great stories.
(Even the “Independent Reader” version of “Pride and Prejudice” had tripped me up)
Hey, followers! Any suggestions for this future Janeite? I know there are some teachers out there who might know about helpful resources.
My advice is to take it slow and have a dictionary at your fingertips. If you really care to work at it, maybe mark the beginnings and ends of sentences with a pen or pencil. Sometimes while reading Jane it is easy to get lost in her layered, loopy sentence structure, so breaking it down bit by bit might help.
Also, books on tape are awesome! Juliet Stevenson voices BEAUTIFUL versions of Austen’s novels. A good voice actor will help you interpret the meaning of the language.
Lastly, try reading an introductory book about the time in which Jane lived, like What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew (or others—help me, fellow Janeites!). That will help give context to the language and customs you’re reading about. Also, a little sparknotes never hurt anyone. :)
Hope this helps a bit!
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