It’s true. I am devoted to Miss Austen, so much so that it is only thanks to my former husband’s dislike of the name that I do not have a daughter named Jane. Her books are for me an alternate universe of friends and locations I enjoy visiting over and over again. In 2007, I re-read "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma." This year I am beginning with "Persuasion," beloved as all her books are, in particular for its older heroine, Anne Elliot.
Have you read this one? Do you love it? And what of the film version with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root? It’s about as delightful an adaptation of Austen as I have ever seen. Hinds does tend toward those broody Mr. Rochester silences (he has played that character, too), and Sam West is a great Mr. Elliot. But it’s Amanda Root I love the most, so much expression and sensitivity. She really feels like Anne to me in a way many actresses do not feel right as Austen’s heroines.
Your thoughts welcome.