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Review: The Jane Austen Society

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Did you know that Jane Austen's novels were often prescribed reading for those suffering from trauma after WWI? It might seem odd but many a writer has pondered this. Austen, who wrote during the era of the Napoleonic Wars, has only passing references to military service as part of the fabric of British life, society, and work in her novels. Her novels highlight relationships that are civil, nurturing, and often even quite affectionate. They were viewed as a tonic for the soul after a war and an influenza pandemic that caused great loss for many people.

(Her) model, (her) vision of human life, was not disturbed or agitated or changed by war. — Virginia Woolf on Jane Austen in "The Leaning Tower," in Virginia Woolf: The Moment & Other Essays
Natalie Jenner's debut novel The Jane Austen Society is a lovely book that illustrates how curative Jane Austen's novels are for a group of residents of the…

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