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The Welsh Bookworm

The Welsh Bookworm is a librarian living and working in rural Minnesota. She is a past-president of the St. David’s Society of Minnesota, leads the Welsh folk-dance group Traed Y Ddraig, and teaches Welsh language classes. Her Welsh Bookworm column was featured occasionally in the newspaper Y Drych, now part of Ninnau. Laurel works for the Carver County Public Libraries in Waconia and Norwood Young America, loves reading, music, dance, languages, genealogy, gardening, and bird watching. Laurel reads historical fiction, mysteries, sci fi/fantasy, medieval and British history, Arthurian fiction, classics, and of course, anything connected to Wales. Follow my blog at http://welshbookworm.wordpress.com

Currently reading

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
William Kuhn
The Boleyn Deceit
Laura Andersen
The Annotated Pride and Prejudice - David M. Shapard, Jane Austen I guess you either love or hate Jane Austen. I'd avoided reading any Austen for years thinking it wouldn't be my kind of thing. Well, I was right. I decided to give it a try, because so many of my friends ARE Jane Austen fans. It was okay. It was even witty. I even laughed at times. No, I didn't find the language difficult. It just isn't my thing. I get impatient with "love" stories, and even more impatient with the kind of class structure and "manners" portrayed. I found it largely boring. Okay, I'm a rebel. I was rooting for Lydia.

But WHAT don't you like about it, people ask me. All dialog, little action. And I love description. Paint me a scene. Give me all the little details. Jane doesn't do that. Readers of her time wouldn't have needed it. I thought reading the "annotated" version would help supply some of those details. Instead, most of the annotations were repetitious and not really necessary. How many times do I need to be told that "town" means London? I got about two-thirds through the book, and decided that perhaps I would enjoy the audio version better. I did. I mean, if a book is all dialog anyway, it helps to have it spoken. Like listening in on a conversation. I might even listen to another Austen book some day.