by Jane Austin
Published in 1817, and considered by many as the first great English novel, Emma is remarkable for its readability despite its narrowness of scope: the entire plot takes place in a small English village between a few families, and is confined to the plotmaking schemes of Emma Woodbridge and her coming to terms with her smallmindedness.
It is delightful.
But not all have shared this viewpoint. Mark Twain considered Jane Austin's writing pinched. Thoureau thought her writing too urbane. As much as I enjoy both of these American writers and their philosophies, I think both are wrong about Jane Austin.
Plenty of people have been asking which demon possessed me enough to make me throw out everything I'd been doing for more than 7 years and get into the restaurant business. Where shall I start, I wonder...
Before all this happened, I used to be a Webhead. No, I wasn't Spider-Man. I was a dude who did stuff on the Net. Wait, that's not a very good place to start either. (OK, this is going to be long. You sure you've got time?)...
Posted by Thomas Beek at 11/02/2005 10:50:00 PM