The City of Love was attacked by terrorists November 13, 2015.
If you are like me, you’ve been watching the news unfold over the weekend about the horrors of this latest terrorist attack.
A few have dubbed this as France’s 9/11. Yes, the images of this attack are grahic and disturbing. It was an attack coordinated to kill and maim people who were at leisure events–innocent citizens at a sports stadium, dining at Paris restaurants and those attending a concert where an American rock band was playing. It was an attack directed at people engaged in Friday night entertainment! It was an attack on youth, as many of the targets in the concert hall were young people out for an evening of fun. Citizens, not military targets, became the casualities, and we grieve with France this week.
FYI, I have not read the book. My husband, a monumental Austen reader (for a man), has and loved it. He keeps telling me I should read it. My kindle is ready to break as it is with books downloaded, so I’ve not stepped into this one yet.
Jane Austen evokes images of ballrooms and cozy drawing rooms. Usually we don’t think of Austen’s works as having a Gothic flavor.
In the previous post I mentioned Jane Austen’s nod to Gothic literature with her book, Northanger Abbey. It had the tropes of a good Gothic romance; woman in creepy castle with possible ghosts, a suspected murder, a very intimidating murderer in the form of the owner of the castle and a dashing hero.
While Jane Austen hereslf did not write more Gothics, we can enjoy the Gothic regencies that feature Austen characters thanks to modern authors who have written stories for our enjoyment.
“It is only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language”Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey.
Jane Austen’s works usually conjure up images sunny drawing rooms and brightly lit ballrooms. Or a well maintained estate like Pemberly. Few people think of a remote castle, a dark mystery, and a young heroine alone in a remote place where danger lurks.
Northanger Abbey is Jane Austen’s nod to the Gothic Romances that were so popular in her time. Gothic romances were contemporary romances in Jane’s time. Jane met the famous Mrs. Ann Radcliffe, who you have likely never heard of. Jane admired Radcliffe’s work, and her one Gothic story is a compliment to a writer she admired. Some say it is a spoof of Radcliffe’s works, I disagree.
Warm the apple cider or open that special bottle of wine. Autumn Romance is in the air.
With September comes that lovely time of year when leaves turn bright red, orange and yellow and pumpkins are everywhere in the northern U.S. Pumpkin recipes abound. (check out my mom’s pumpkin bar recipe on the right sidebar under pages). It’s time to bring out that favorite sweater again and get your football stadium blanket out of storage in prep for the football games.