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Paperback Castles

I live on a page in a book. My name is written in a curly and swirly font, along with long descriptions of sleepless nights and filled bookcases.

Currently reading

Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis, Christopher Prendergast
Swanns verden 2 (På sporet af den tabte tid, #2)
Marcel Proust
The Essential Rumi
Rumi, Coleman Barks, John Moyne, A.J. Arberry

Jane Austen

Jane Austen: A Life - Claire Tomalin As a devoted Jane Austen-fan, I am always on the lookout for new insights in her simple and short life. As this was praised as one of the best biographies ever written about her, I was intrigued. While it indeed was a very enjoyable and interesting biography, it tended to focus more on Austen's neighbors and her family, rather than Jane Austen herself - and as a result, I ended up skipping several chapters.
Some parts of this biography almost became an analysis of Austen's novels - which was rather interesting, but not at all what I had expected. I can easily imagine how hard it must be to seperate the writer from the books, but as there's so many insightful analyses of Austen's works available, it seemed misplaced.

However I do consider Claire Tomalin a skilled writer, and her fluent writing almost made this very historical biography resemble a delightfully told story. I enjoyed parts of it very much, and I did learn something new about Austen's childhood. It is certainly a wellresearched and wellwritten biography of the legendary Jane Austen and her sorroundings.