A somewhat tardy posting of my book log for March.
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.
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.)