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Austenland

A Novel
Hale, Shannon (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice , is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined. Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen--or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?
Authors: Hale, Shannon
Title: Austenland
a novel
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Characteristics: 197 p. ;,22 cm.
Local Note: 29 35 53 102 112 118 122 133 138 143 148 152 167 173 203 216 226 228 231 250 262 272 276
ISBN: 9781596912854
1596912855
Statement of Responsibility: Shannon Hale
Subject Headings: Single women New York (State) New York Fiction. Vacations England Fiction. Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 Influence Fiction.
Genre/Form: Chick lit.
Topical Term: Single women
Vacations
LCCN: 2006034165
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May 28, 2014
  • KarenW rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This novel is great to take on vacation as it is not overly taxing on the reader nor does it demand your full attention. I enjoyed the idea of a vacation resort based on Jane Austen's fictional world, and was pleasantly surprised by the details of Hales portrayal of such a place. However it did not keep turning pages when something more interesting came along on holidays.

Mar 09, 2014
  • lynnieoniel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read this book 5 times now, love it! Nice read for the beach and a must for the Austen lover:)

It's not Nobel Prize material, but it's a fun beach read, and miles above most of the abysmal Austen fanfic out there.

Dec 22, 2013
  • libnotes rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Just 1 step above boring....

Sep 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

As a longtime Janeite, the premise of this novel charmed me and the delivery is decent. The narrative is a bit rough in places but Jane is a sympathetic heroine dealing with a bad romantic past in any Austen fangirl's dream resort. The plot holds no surprises for those familiar with Austen's typical narrative pattern but it still holds plenty of charm. There were a few typographical errors in my copy that I found irritating (inconsistent spellings of a character's name) and a slight overload on similes and metaphors in the first fifty pages made it a bit of a rough start. But the charm of the narrative and how quick it is to read makes up for any flaws. Definitely a must-read for any Austen fan who wished for a Mr. Darcy of her own.

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Having never read a Shannon Hale novel, I was expecting Austenland to be a fun romp. And it was that! But it was also an arrow that hit close to home. Through the multiple layers of humor and wit (and the wonderful Austen novel parallels, some obvious and some subtle), Hale weaves a story much like my own.

You know...when you're a romantic woman who can't have a fling to save her life, and it always looking for The One? Especially if he dressed like Darcy and looked like a wet Colin Firth? I was cringing with familiarity throughout this novel...though laughing aloud while I did it.

If you're looking for a fun, lighthearted, romantic comedy, this is a great pick. It'll have you wanting to re-read your Jane Austen novels, dress up in Regency attire, and attend a Pembrook Park of your own. Plus, her wit and sharp humor has a wonderful sort of educated appeal. I will definitely be picking up more Hale books in the future.

(Please, please tell me such a thing as Pembrook Park exists in real life because I would work there for free!)

May 20, 2013
  • taylrmari rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I did not finish this book.

My main criticism is that the main character was ASHAMED of enjoying the fictitious wonder that is Mr. Darcy?! Why! While attempting to be lighthearted this story was SILLY, and had more potential of being entertaining and captivating but the author did so poorly with character construction (etc) that it was unable to support itself.

Apr 25, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I strongly echo LaimaA's comment. I did finish this book but felt silly & shallow the whole time I was reading it, and a little embarrassed that I finished it. Not everything has to be "War and Peace" (or "Pride and Prejudice"), but really, my standards are higher than this.

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Sep 05, 2012
  • LaimaA rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This is a complete marshmallow of a book. Not the soft, fluffy, yummy kind of literary marshmallow - like a Helen Fielding or a Sophie Kinsella. This book is a shrunken, dried up marshmallow you find at the back of the cupboard. Do not eat this marshmallow. You will only end up unsatisfied and slightly nauseated from the saccharine aftertaste. This book is bound to disappoint readers of decent chicklit and Janeites alike. What this book needed was a ghost writer in possession of much greater talent than the credited author and a more exacting editor. If you insist on proceeding, it would behoove you to keep your expectations low.

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Nov 05, 2011
  • crystal_dark rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little”

Nov 05, 2011
  • crystal_dark rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“What are you doing?"
"Ya!" said Jane, whirling around, her hands held up menacingly.
It was Mr. Nobley with coat, hat, and cane, watching her with wide eyes. Jane took several quick (but oh so casual) steps away from Martin's window.
"Um, did I just say, 'Ya'?"
"You just said 'Ya,'" he confirmed. "If I am not mistaken, it was a battle cry, warning that you were about to attack me.
I, uh..." She stopped to laugh. "I wasn't aware until this precise and awkward moment that when startled in a strange place, my instincts would have me pretend to be a ninja.”

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