Saturday, 16 January 2010


Our reading club was inspired by the movie The Jane Austen Book Club. We are a group of Austen fans ranging from 16 to 70 something. We are starting getting in touch and organizing our meetings that will take place at the public library in Subiaco (Rome) monthly,  every last Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m.
Our first meeting will be to friendly talk about Sense and Sensibility with tea and cakes, of course. After the chatting and delicious tea time we will even compare some scenes from two different adaptations of the novel: 

  • 1995 movie with Emma Thomson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Greg Wise and Alan Rickman  

  • 2008 BBC 3-part series

We are reading the six major novels in a chronological order, thinking of their writing not their publication

30 January – Sense and Sensibility (written between 1795-1797 as Elinor and Marianne)

27 February – Northanger Abbey (written between 1798-99 )

27 March – Pride and Prejudice (written 1797 First Impressions)

24 April – Mansfield Park (written 1813)

29 May – Emma (started in 1814, published in 1815)

26 June – Persuasion (started 1815, published a.d. 1817)

We are going to read and discuss in our language, of course, that is Italian. But I'll let you all know about our impressions and discoveries in English  in this blog . Any suggestion and comment will be welcome.


Karen said...

YAY! Glad to be the first poster... and the first follower, so far!
Congrats MG on your new project: a JA Book club is quite refreshing in these times!
I'm sorry I can't be with you in Subiaco (wait a minute: are you taking a cake? if so, i could consider a visit, sooner or later :) but I'll follow your journey through JA's work via this lovely blog!
LOL! You didn't choose Cassie's dreadful silouhette portrait for the blog's homepage, bless you!
xx KB


We'll wait for you, Karen! Whenever you want. Of course we'll have cakes and tea. Our meetings are at 5 p.m. each last Saturday of the following months.
I've found this picture on the Morgan Library website introducing their current exhibition about Jane Austen. Do I have to find another? This is one I haven't seen so often and it is nice so ... I thought it could work.

Ana T. said...

Looking forward to your comments Maria Grazia! I wish I could be there too! :-)

lunarossa said...

What a great idea MG. I'd like to be a fly and listen to you all talking about JA in Italian! Finally a different perspective. Please keep us posted. Ciao. A.
PS About the cakes too!!!