The November Reading Group meets on November 10 at 1 p.m. at the home of Bill Boyd and Marna Tisdel.
In November we choose the topics for our Reading Group discussions for the following year. Bring your ideas for the 2014 discussions.
In our November reading group we will discuss A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz. Multiple copies of this book are available in local libraries and it is out in a paperback edition. If you subscribe to audible.com, it is available as an audio book as well.
Since our discussion will be shortened by the time to pick 2014 discussion topics, we will limit our discussion to chapters 1 and 6 of the book. These cover Emma and Sense and Sensibility.
Debbie Guyol and Bill Boyd will be leading the discussion. We intend to discuss the following questions with reference to each chapter:
- In each chapter of his book Deresiewicz discusses one of Austen's novels and an important lesson he learned from the book. Do you think Austen set out to teach the lesson he described in this chapter? Do you agree with Deresiewicz's theories expressed in this chapter?
- Deresiewicz integrates his life story with his arguments on the lessons each of Austen's novels teaches. Is his story helpful to the points he attempts to make in this chapter?
- How does this chapter work as a defense of Jane Austen's novel against her critics?
- Did reading Jane Austen's novels have a life changing effect on you?