March 2009 book log

A somewhat tardy posting of my book log for March.

Print books:

An ARC received through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme of The Agency by Ally O’Brien. Full review here; short version, I liked it a lot and I think a lot of my friends will too, but it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste.

Ebooks:

Finished Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. As gloriously gothic as ever.

Mansfield Park, by Jane Austin, which I hadn’t read before. (*) Fanny is a drip, but I still couldn’t stop turning the pages. Also, “the past is a foreign country; they do things differently there”. Loved this. Am told that a recent BBC adaption omitted the Portsmouth section as a cost-saving exercise, and am boggled. It’s integral to the structure of the book, and if you drop it, large chunks of the story arc simply don’t make emotional sense.
(* Or to be more accurate, I don’t remember reading before. I bought an Austen omnibus back in the days when my memory was doing an impersonation of a sieve, and while I know I read most or all of the ones I hadn’t already read, I remember nothing whatsoever about them from then. I know I started MP, but I don’t know if I finished it.)

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