Tripping over books you like……….

Often you just happen upon something due to a domino effect.  That happened to me in recent months.   I am an avid reader of fiction of all types, but am primarily a dedicated  fan of the classics, and so have always been intrigued with the books of Jane Austen.  Although an avid reader of these novels, sometimes it is tempting to look at the movies that have been made and remade in recent years.  Often doing both helps you understand the story.  The old British authors can sometime be hard to read and comprehend.
For instance Pride and Prejudice may be enjoyed in several versions, including an oldie-but-goodie versions from 1940  with Laurence Olivier (before he was a “Sir”).  This version is somewhat comical.  The costumes used were actually left over from Gone With The Wind  and are totally out of their period.  That might only occur to someone who has seen the BBC version starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (by far the best version and closest to the book).  For my tastes, the newest version starring Keira Knightley is somewhat lacking in storyline.

Okay, now back to the BBC version.  One of the most outstanding actors in this group of films is by far, Colin Firth.  Besides being rather good looking, he is also a great actor and was born to play Mr. Darcy.   It is this portrayal that led to my interest in Colin Firth as an actor.  One day I picked up a movie called Girl With A Pearl Earring  at a bargain price. I saw that Firth was one of the actors and thought I’d give it a shot.  The movie is a bit cryptic, which encouraged me to find the book that is the basis for the story to help me fill in the blanks.

That book has led to my discovery of a brilliant author Tracey ChevalierGirl  was her first novel.  A reading of the book makes the movie much easier to understand.  But as I explored her other books, I discovered a true admiration for this amazing author. She is able to weave together history with the stories of the most interesting present-day characters, threading everything together in a most impressive fashion.  So whether you are interested in history as relates to societal customs, or just want to read some good books, be sure to check out her website or  find her on Twitter.


For more on Austen and the recent publicaton of her original manuscripts online see my  previous post below 

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