Friday, 13 August 2010

Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence

Jon Spence wrote a biography about Jane Austen. His sources are mostly letters from Jane to her sister Cassandra who was her confidante. The book covers all of Jane Austen's live which unfortunately was only forty-two years long. But as the title reveals the book is about everything that influenced Jane Austen in becoming Jane Austen. As a woman who never married because she would only marry for love, Jane lived with her family all her life long. This is why we get to know so much about Jane's family members in this book. First I thought this to be really annoying because I wanted to read about Jane. I didn't want to read about her mother or father or her brothers and sister. But then I realized that this would not have been possible as Jane's life was for the life with all of them. And soon I enjoyed reading about funny anecdotes and deep character portrays. I ended up getting to know her better and better and that's what a biography is all about, right?


  1. This is the one that they made the movie on with Anne Hathaway, right? I haven't had a chance to read the book, but I really did like the movie quite a bit!

  2. Yes that's right. I liked the movie very much too. It is of course far more alive than the book.