Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Arcturus Austens

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Movie Review: Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park
Directed by Patricia Rozema

1999, Miramax Films
Starring: Frances O’Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, James Purefoy

Note: I expected this movie to be in the same vein as the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice and the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. However, it wasn’t. In preparing to post the review I wrote right after watching the film, I found that Wikipedia describes the movie as “loosely based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name…the film differs sharply from the original novel in many respects.” Had I known that going in, perhaps my expectations would have been lower and my review different. 

You can read my review and a general synopsis of the book here – or just Google the plot.

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Book Review

Book Review: Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park
By Jane Austen

My Edition:
Hardcover, 560 pages
2012, Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780141197708

I decided to launch Austen Month with the Austen book I know least (aka, nothing)  about. I have read all of her novels except Mansfield Park and Emma, but I’ve read an adaptation of Emma and seen parts of the movie, so I’m aware of the general plot.

From Amazon: Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle’s absence in Antigua, the Crawford’s arrive in the neighborhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Jane Austen Collection

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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