[Book Review] Mansfield Park

mansfield_park_coverTitle: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Classics
Published: 1814
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

From Goodreads:

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

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[Book Review] The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

Title: The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson
Author: Mark Twain
Genre: Classics
Published: 1894
Source: Project Gutenberg and Librivox

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

It begins with the act of a young slave girl exchanging her light-skinned child, fearing for its safety, for that of her master’s. From this reversal of identities evolves a suspenseful murder mystery and courtroom drama.

The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson is everything one would expect from a novel by Mark Twain. On the surface it is a witty and satirical tale but as one digs deeper a biting social commentary of racial inequality can be found.

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[Book Review] The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The_Importance_of_being_Earnest_coverTitle: The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Author: Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classics, Satire
Published: 1985 by Signet Classics
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde’s theatrical genius at its brilliant best. Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, this hilarious attack on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous world on its head, lets duplicity lead to happiness, and makes riposte the highest form of art. Also included in this special collection are Wilde’s first comedy success, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and his richly sensual melodrama, Salome.

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[12 Days of Christmas] #7: Have Yourself a Merry Mr. Darcy

On the 7th day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:

Pride_and_Prejudice_coverBOOK – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

One of my favorite books. The headstrong Elizabeth and the proud Mr. Darcy. But all’s well that ends well. I’ve always wondered how lovely Pemberley could be. Is it really that big? I’d probably get lost there.

Quick Quotes

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” – Elizabeth Bennet

 “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Mr. Darcy

SONG – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Michael Bublé

I like Michael Bublé. And this song. It kinda feels cozy. Quite nostalgic, don’t you think?

And we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled Pentatonix version of Christmas songs next post. 😉

[Book Review] Northanger Abbey

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Title:
 Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Classics
Published: 1818
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a synopsis from Penguin Classics:

During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland experiences fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who introduces Catherine to the joys of Gothic romances, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father’s house, Northanger Abbey. There, influenced by novels of horror and intrigue, Catherine comes to imagine terrible crimes committed by General Tilney, risking the loss of Henry’s affection, and must learn the difference between fiction and reality, false friends and true. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, Northanger Abbey is the most youthful and optimistic of Jane Austen’s works.

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[Book Review] Hamlet

Hamlet_coverTitle: Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare
Genre: Drama, Tragedy, Classics
Published: 1600’s
Source: Borrowed from a friend

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a synopsis from the Folger Shakespeare Library:

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “revenge tragedy,” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

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