Jane Austen by Peter J. Leithart
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was extremely disappointed by this book. The information was good and interesting, but the writing and flow were choppy and confusing. Paragraphs giving synopsis of Austen's major works were thrown in willy-nilly; the different people involved in her life were difficult to keep track of ... especially when last names were purposely left off (a family tree would have been more helpful than a list of people); and, finally, unlike Dr. Leithart's other work pronouns were not always clear who they were referring to and paragraphs and even sentences started with one idea and ended with something entirely unrelated. It felt like it could have been edited much better.
I disliked the system of writing about her life in "themes" and would have much preferred a more straightforward timeline ordering of the book rather than this structure; I think the context would have helped.
I appreciate Dr. Leithart's emphasis on Austen's faith and the depth of her voice, but learned more from Miniatures and Morals which I whole-heartedly recommend. I'm disappointed to be unable to recommend this book; it felt dashed together.
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