Jane Austen's Guide to Dating Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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Author Jane Henderson claims that Austen's principles of common sense and good judgment are as relevant today as they always were - and she's right! She mixes the novelists old fashioned sensible values and the seriousness which she took compatibility with modern expectations which, interestingly, gives a universal and clear-sighted perspective. (Sunday Mail (Australia)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Lauren Henderson draws on all of Jane Austen's wit and wisdom to set down the ten first principles for successful dating and finding a serious partner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I read this more for the Jane Austen connection than the actual dating advice (I'm married!), but I was ashamed to recognise myself in some of the behaviour patterns. If only I'd had this book in my twenties!
The book also contains a quiz to tell you which Austen character you are most like and which is most like your partner, to see if you are compatible. I was very excited to discover that I'm Elizabeth Bennett (if only!) and a little dissappointed to discover my husband didn't quite make Mr Darcy. However, he did come out as a Captain Wentworth which as all Jane Austen fans know, is a pretty close second and not to be scoffed at!
Finally, if you've never read any Austen, the book finishes witht a brief plot outline of all her six major works to wet your appetite. Read it, you'll love it and then read or re-read Austen's novels and see for yourself how true this book is.
Did disagree now and then with the author's comments though: she praises the heroine of Northanger Abbey for 'not obsessing' about her heartthrob and getting on with her life by reading 'The Mysteries of Udolpho'. But the Udolpho book was considered a wild romantic read, and Jane Austen was satirising the heroine's addiction to this kind of fiction, rather than approving of it.
And don't let's forget: Jane Austen fell in love, would dearly loved to have married, but never did, and one wonders if she can really be considered an expert on men and relationships.
If you want goot character and plot evaluation, then this book is good for that. I liked how the author picked out bits of the novels I'd overlooked or forgotten about, reminding me why I love austen in the first place.
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Interesting concept to dateing makes you think of the people you attract into you life and have a relationship with.Published on 10 May 2013 by Ms Susan Gylee
To make this clear, this is not a book that tells you how to get a man, it's a book that tells you how to cope with dating and it's various aspects. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2010 by Larewen Evenstar