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Though at times formulaic and sentimental, Jane Austen Book Club succeeds on the strength of its likable ensemble cast. Even those not familiar with Jane. Robin Swicord's "The Jane Austen Book Club" centers on its six members, who meet over six months to discuss the novels, which seem to have. The Jane Austen Book Club [Karen Joy Fowler] on ronaldweinland.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A book club .


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The Jane Austen Book Club is a American romantic drama film written and directed by Robin Swicord. The screenplay, adapted from the novel of the. Directed by Robin Swicord. With Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy, Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello. Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only. The Jane Austen Book Club book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Extraordinary New York Times Bestseller In Califor.

Like it or not, Jane Austen is a rock on which the genre was founded. But as the members of a Jane Austen reading group, who live in Sacramento, analyze the behavior of the characters in her novels, the movie is also a savvy course on how to read a novel of manners. Is a knight in shining armor really Mr. Does a happy ending really augur happily ever after? The discussions in these group-therapy sessions lead them toward solutions to their problems. The screenplay includes just enough references to characters and plot developments in Austen novels to whet your appetite for reading or rereading them, but not so many that it alienates the uninitiated. The movie gets foolishly carried away only once, when it suggests that a clueless macho boor, pressured to read Austen by his neglected wife, is magically transformed into a cuddly enlightened tomcat purring with empathy.

Sylvia's lesbian daughter Allegra Maggie Grace , also has a romantic crisis going and is closeted from her mother, though not from us.

Circling in Prudie's life is her mother Lynn Redgrave , an ex-hippie pothead who is not a bit like Austen's formidable dowagers, except that she meddles. And there is a male member of the club, Grigg Hugh Dancy , who Jocelyn wants to pair off with Sylvia, although he would like to pair off with her, something she does not see because like many an Austen heroine she is blind!

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Grigg is not, shall we say, a born reader of Jane Austen; he prefers science fiction, although his tastes are admirable and he is forever promoting Ursula K. Le Guin. These six meet at one another's houses, their discussions intercut with developments in their private lives, which they share, sometimes obliquely, at the meetings. In this process, they demonstrate how great books can illuminate and counsel us all. The person who does not read is often under the impression that he's being picked on by fate.

A reader knows it's necessary because of the story line. Some will quibble and cavil that the movie is too contrived: six books, six members, six sets of problems, six, six, six and sex, of course.

Contrivance is actually part of the appeal. One of the reasons we return to Austen, Dickens, Trollope and the estimable Mrs. Gaskell is that their novels are contrived. The structure and ultimate destination are easily foreseeable, but what's fascinating are their characters, how they think and talk, how colorful and urgent they are, and how blind! Advertisement I settled down with this movie as with a comfortable book.

I expected no earth-shaking revelations and got none, and everything turned out about right, in a clockwork ending that reminded me of the precision the Victorians always used to tidy up their loose ends.

It is crucial, I think, that writer-director Swicord author of the screenplays for " Little Women ," " Memoirs of a Geisha " and " The Perez Family " has created characters who really do seem to have read the books and talk like they have.

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And she has created a book club that, like all book clubs, is really about its members. Chick Flick indeed! And there is a male member of the club, Grigg Hugh Dancy , who Jocelyn wants to pair off with Sylvia, although he would like to pair off with her, something she does not see because like many an Austen heroine she is blind!

Grigg is not, shall we say, a born reader of Jane Austen; he prefers science fiction, although his tastes are admirable and he is forever promoting Ursula K. Le Guin. These six meet at one another's houses, their discussions intercut with developments in their private lives, which they share, sometimes obliquely, at the meetings.

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In this process, they demonstrate how great books can illuminate and counsel us all. The person who does not read is often under the impression that he's being picked on by fate. A reader knows it's necessary because of the story line.

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Some will quibble and cavil that the movie is too contrived: Contrivance is actually part of the appeal. One of the reasons we return to Austen, Dickens, Trollope and the estimable Mrs.

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Gaskell is that their novels are contrived. The structure and ultimate destination are easily foreseeable, but what's fascinating are their characters, how they think and talk, how colorful and urgent they are, and how blind! I settled down with this movie as with a comfortable book. I expected no earth-shaking revelations and got none, and everything turned out about right, in a clockwork ending that reminded me of the precision the Victorians always used to tidy up their loose ends.

It is crucial, I think, that writer-director Swicord author of the screenplays for " Little Women ," " Memoirs of a Geisha " and " The Perez Family " has created characters who really do seem to have read the books and talk like they have. And she has created a book club that, like all book clubs, is really about its members. Chick Flick indeed!

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