All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane

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All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane By Amy Elizabeth Smith All Roads Lead to Austen A Yearlong Journey with Jane WHERE DO BOOKS TAKE YOU With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en espa ol Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure a traveling book club with Jane In six unique unforge

  • Title: All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane
  • Author: Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • ISBN: 9781402265860
  • Page: 271
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  • All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane By Amy Elizabeth Smith WHERE DO BOOKS TAKE YOU With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en espa ol, Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure a traveling book club with Jane In six unique, unforgettable countries, she gathered book loving new friends taxi drivers and teachers, poets and politicians to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.WhetheWHERE DO BOOKS TAKE YOU With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en espa ol, Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure a traveling book club with Jane In six unique, unforgettable countries, she gathered book loving new friends taxi drivers and teachers, poets and politicians to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.Whether sharing rooster beer with Guatemalans, joining the crowd at a Mexican boxing match, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy came to learn what Austen knew all along that we re not always speaking the same language even when we re speaking the same language.But with true Austen instinct, she could recognize when, unexpectedly, she d found her own Se or Darcy.All Roads Lead to Austen celebrates the best of what we love about books and revels in the pleasure of sharing a good book with good friends.
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    1. Maia B. on said:

      I love Jane Austen I love traveling I love Spanish I love light books with some depth, and I love sweet love stories This book has all of them What s not to love WellAs it turns out, I should have mentioned that I love strong, funny female protagonists, and then the book wouldn t have had all of them Amy E Smith I think the middle name is nice but a bit pretentious to have on your book cover is nice enough, but she reminded me too much of Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love , Whine fame That s [...]

    2. Ashley Arthur on said:

      I am eternally grateful to the Nook Free Book Friday program for throwing this book my way When I turned on my Nook last Friday to see what book was available that week, I downloaded it because A it was free, and B I love Jane Austen How did I not know about this book Embarrassing confession I began reading after the briefest skim of the summary that Nook provided, and I had to stop several chapters in to confirm that this book is a nonfiction account of Amy Smith s year long trip through South [...]

    3. Tanya on said:

      Barely 3 stars for me Loved the premise of learning about how Jane Austen s stories translate in life and love to modern readers in South America but felt the writer was too busy translating her reports from her yearlong journey than conveying all that could have been shared with the reader There was no depth and I wanted .

    4. writer... on said:

      Great Jane austeninAugust reading with this South American travel memoir.

    5. Diane on said:

      I like travelogues and I like Jane Austen, and this is a pleasant narrative of the author s journey through several Latin American countries Smith stayed in each country for a few months and set up book clubs with the locals to read and discuss different Austen novels Smith, who is a literature professor in California, wanted to know if Miss Austen s stories would translate well into Spanish speaking countries For the most part, the readers enjoyed the books and had good discussions about family [...]

    6. Kathryn on said:

      I enjoyed this book a lot than I thought I would based on the premise, which sounded a bit woo woo English professor spends a year journeying through South Central America, organizing Austen reading groups in each country Dr Smith describes her journey well she blends humor and sympathy, bringing her friends and their homes to life She didn t mind poking fun at herself when she inadvertently fulfilled an American Tourist Stereotype, but she also didn t insist that all of those stereotypes are 1 [...]

    7. Ron on said:

      Dr Smith lived every bibliophile s dream a year noodling around foreign shores, buying books, talking about them, meeting real locals, and spoiler alert falling in love Her attempts to meet real people included the higher strata, about whom there s as much misinformation as the lower.My thoughts along the way Jane Austen s staying power stems from her accurate reporting of what she and those around her really felt and did Not a feminist in the 21 c political sense in the 19 c she stood out decla [...]

    8. Lynn Spencer on said:

      I found this book via a review I m guessing either Mean Old Fat Bat or Rosario, not sure which and finally got around to reading it What a treat Here s the basic set up Professor travels throughout Latin America, reading various Jane Austen works in Spanish with reading groups in each country she visits What follows is an interesting journey across cultures that shows how different each of the countries Smith visits are as well as how universal some of Austen s themes can be I loved how groups i [...]

    9. Maria Grazia on said:

      I read this book all through this summer, a chapter from time to time, enjoying and sharing Amy Elizabeth Smith s enthusiasm for Jane Austen and her work and envying her the luck of living such an extraordinary non academic but enriching experience All Roads Lead to Austen is a vivacious travelog telling about her experience in different book clubs all over Latin America, but it is also her declaration of love for Jane Austen s work A travel book full of amusing anecdotes, real experiences, inte [...]

    10. Heather on said:

      i have a tendency to find books that speak to me when I need them and this one spoke I really connected with the writer and her adventures it is wonderful to see that Jane Austen resonates with the whole world regardless of the language.

    11. Allie on said:

      I went back and forth on my opinion of this book, but the ending was charming enough to almost make me forget my complaints What Austen fan would not be thrilled that an Austen aficionado found her Mr Darcy Also, the book was well written and kept me turning the pages, wondering what would happen next I also enjoyed some of the amusing and odd occurrences that happened throughout the book the author getting dengue fever, the funny scene of her and some children feeding lettuce to a gaggle of igu [...]

    12. Rebecca Huston on said:

      I was really happy with this book, full of insights into both Latin America and also on reading Jane Austen The author is smart, intelligent and wise enough not to make this a ALL ABOUT ME memoir Along the way I got to learn quite a few things, especially South American authors I should be reading, and of course, Jane Austen This one had all sorts of surprises I can happily recommend this one to anyone who enjoys Austen, and travel Five stars overall For the longer review, please go here epinion [...]

    13. Georgiana 1792 on said:

      Tutte le strade portano a JaneAppena finito di leggere questo libro sono andata a guardare il sito di All Roads Lead To Austen e il profilo facebook di Amy Elizabeth Smith Perch Perch , pur non trattandosi di un romanzo questo libro coinvolge un janeite a livelli incredibili, tanto che sembra di conoscere davvero le persone tutte reali che sono citate nel libro e si vogliono vedere i loro volti.Karen Joy Fowler con Il club di Jane Austen ci ha fatto conoscere un modo nuovo di accomunare i janeit [...]

    14. Caitlin on said:

      This was surprisingly an enjoyable read It s not what I d typically pick up, but I read the back and was intrigued This moves pretty quickly, and Smith provides some historical and cultural context of each of the country she visits as well as admitting her own assumptions and how wrong she was I also enjoyed reading about what various people made of Pride Prejudice, Sense Sensibility, and Emma and some of these comments in fact gave me material that I ll certainly be chewing on whenever I reread [...]

    15. Ross on said:

      I got this book looking for a biography of Miss Austen and the book turned out to be a kind of book club of Jane s work presented in Spanish Since it was of no interest to me I dropped it and give it no rating.So I still have to find the biography to learn about her short life.

    16. Anna on said:

      Amy Elizabeth Smith, a college writing and literature professor in California, embarked on a yearlong journey to Central and South America to immerse herself in the culture and host Jane Austen book clubs to see how Austen s works translated into Spanish and whether the people would identify with her characters and even if they threatened bodily harm to certain characters that typically get Smith s students blood boiling In All Roads Lead to Austen, Smith chronicles her trip, including the book [...]

    17. Patrice Sarath on said:

      One of the most unexpected Austenesque books I read this year was All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith Smith took a year to visit in six Latin American countries where she set up reading groups to read the most popular Jane Austen novels How would women and than a few men respond to that most English of authors Would Austen s highly mannered, highly restricted, narrow style appeal across cultures not just once but several times Dear Reader, it would The book is a wonderful look at ho [...]

    18. Alison on said:

      I really loved this book, the author, professor Amy Elizabeth Smith who teaches writing and literature including a course on Jane Austen at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, decides to take a year long trip through Latin America holding a book club while in each country on one of Jane Austen s books I am not an ardent Jane Austen follower like so many people seem to be, but this book actually makes me want to revisit some of Austen s work I first became interested when I saw [...]

    19. Jodi on said:

      What an enjoyable read A unique idea Loved the insights from the book groups, so interesting to learn what they thought of Jane Austin s most popular books Some of the discussions were insightful than a recent class I took on JA Also enjoyed learning how Amy developed her Spanish language skills and fearlessly put herself in the middle of complex conversations in countries with such different ways of speaking Spanish Always fun to read about the trials and tribulations and tropical illness of l [...]

    20. Elderberrywine on said:

      Well, now, this was fun Smith, a lit professor at a small California college, sets off on a year s journey through six Central and South American countries, with only rudimentary Spanish at least to start with and a suitcase loaded with copies of Orgullo y Prejuicio, as well as the rest of the ouvre.She explores each distinct site, finds amazing bookstores nearly everywhere, and discovers as well as puts together Austen reading groups, and finds nearly every group responds to Austen, though with [...]

    21. Amy on said:

      Full review available here.I love Jane Austen, and I m interested in learning about Latin America Smith does a nice job providing history and cultural context for each of the six countries she visits In her preface, she mentions Reading Lolita in Tehran as inspiration I was hoping Smith s book group discussions would be meatier, in the vein of Reading Lolita in Tehran It was still an enjoyable read I read most of it on the D.C metro while in town for a business trip It was a perfect commuting [...]

    22. Jeanette on said:

      Rounded UP to a 3 for the travelogue features There were spots of unique conversation between people of various cultures discussing Austen BUT, there were also long diatribes by Amy E Smith about Amy E Smith and all her druthers That is quite a love affair And it was often almost distasteful to me in length and tone Most of the analysis of Austen you would be better off, by far, in reading Austen and enjoying her wit in that direction It s far original and authentically unique If you are a join [...]

    23. Pammie on said:

      An English professor travels to Latin America to take Austen south of the border She learned Spanish, and organized book groups to discuss various Austen titles throughout the countries Along the way, she contracts dengue fever and falls in love This book made me miss my wonderful book group in Texas as Smith s participants hashed out Austen s message as it translated from English to Spanish, from the Old world to the New, and from her time to ours Very inspiring made me want to reread and rewat [...]

    24. Sue on said:

      It was very fascinating I enjoyed learning about so many countries at the same time as learning how different cultures respond to Jane Austen s works Not a travel resource per se but helps one to know what to think about as for man woman relationships I enjoyed so much seeing if others could relate Austen s works to their lives and cultures today vs Americanized views The professor did excellent work and I really enjoyed her writing style The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter wre in [...]

    25. LeighKramer on said:

      You don t have to love Jane Austen to appreciate Smith s quest to see how Austen translates across culture I was fascinated by the common threads and different points of view uncovered by the book club readers Smith encounters throughout South America I also enjoyed Smith s insights about singleness, even as her own love story unfolded Given I was out of the country as I read this memoir, I felt a certain amount of solidarity with her travel related revelations.

    26. Laurie on said:

      This combines two things that I really enjoy travel narratives and Jane Austen novels The author visited six different Latin American countries and discussed either PP, Sense and Sensibility or Emma in each country with groups of average readers Apparently Jane Austen is not well known in Latin America so many of the readers were entirely unfamiliar with her So the cultural comparisons made by the groups are interesting Definitely worth reading for JA enthusiasts.

    27. Terri on said:

      Light fare for in between challenging stuff Probably one needs to be an Austen fan to enjoy this I am a fan but not conversant enough with all the details to follow many of the references Anyway she writes well and had a very open attitude to new cultures and experiences.

    28. Lisa on said:

      Read it for the description of time in Antigua It made me feel very nostalgic can I say homesick if it isn t my home Eat Pray Love set in Central and South America.It made me want to plan my own literary journey through the Americas.

    29. Sallie on said:

      I downloaded this to my Nook as a freebie, and so far, I m enjoying it.

    30. Cario Lam on said:

      I do believe my inner Janeite has been slowly emerging over the years I ve read not only Austen s works but Austen themed fiction and nonfiction as well.

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