Sunday, 30 July 2017

Farewell to Sanditon

I've finished it! 
Now, I'm not going to lie.  At the beginning I wasn't sure I was going to like it.  It took me ages to get into the Jane Austen style of writing and at times I found myself quite impatient with her.  So many commas and long winded sentences.

Ironically, the point at which I found myself relaxing into the story and looking forward to the next chapter was at a point in the story where a group of visitors to Sanditon left the resort to visit somewhere else.  As the plot gathered speed and a few twists and turns appeared I felt myself mellowing to the style of writing.  But it may have also been because the 'other lady' had an easier style to her narrative.  I was wondering who she was and a little google research suggests it was Marie Dobbs. Apparently early works by Jane Austen were attributed merely to 'A lady' rather than naming her properly and this is why the actual name of the person finishing the book is kept secret.  Anyway, it's done - all pages read and I'm ready now for any probing questions and homework Julie and Ruth may wish to send my way!  

So the first week of the summer holidays has gone in the blink of an eye.  The days have been full and we're another week closer to wedding number two.  I've sewn all the table runners for this one now and on Saturday Rachel and I went to the UK hen do for people who didn't go to the overseas rave up.  Sophie's mum had found photos of her growing up and we all chose a photo to replicate so the afternoon could be themed as Sophie growing up.  This led to Rachel looking a bit like Britney Spears in the infamous school uniform and me looking scarily like Harry Enfield's character 'Kevin'.  It was a fun afternoon which included having to make a wedding dress out of 4 rolls of toilet paper.  Hopefully, the real thing will be slightly classier 😉 not to mention a little more hardwearing if she should spill anything down it!  


Maggie said...

I still struggling with Sandition. I am never going to be done by the end of the month unless I stay up all night!
The toilet roll dress made me smile. When I was at colleg a few moons ago we often used to make our fancy dress costumes from crepe paper. All ok until drink was spilt down it and it dissolved. Thankfully we usually had a leotard or similar underneath!

Patio Postcards said...

Well done you finishing Sanditon, I see that there's a movie Sanditon being made & I read that Anna Lefroy finished the novel. Umm a good mystery has begun. I finished & having read in on a tablet was not a favourite method & like you I wasn't a big fan.
I wonder what's next on our summer Austen reading club?

Happy week ahead Deb.

Ruth said...

Good job on sticking with Sanditon - I was the same as you in the beginning. And have no fear, absolutely no homework coming your way from me!