An Austen re-do

So, I read somewhere about this book – Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, which claimed it to be an amusing retake on Pride & Prejudice. Obviously, if you don’t enjoy at least Austen or chick-lit, I advise you to stop reading here, and move on.

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The book wasn’t easy to get here, so I went out of my way and ordered it from the UK. Then I tried reading it, and… meh. Put it back in the TBR pile. Until this last week.

I still found it pretty slow in the start – the first couple of chapters didn’t grasp my interest now either. BUT THEN. I loved it. Mrs Bennet is still upset that all her 5 daughters are unmarried, Lydia and Kitty are still annoying (they’re crossfit cultists! hehehehe), and Elizabeth is still likable.

I wasn’t sure how I’d enjoy the story, but Sittenfeld’s done an amazing job transferring it to contemporary times while still keeping the language pretty Austen-esque. Like so:

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“”Fred!” the nurse said, though they had never met. “How are we today?”
Reading the nurse’s name tag, Mr. Bennet replied with fake enthusiasm, “Bernard! We’re mourning the death of manners and the rise of overly familiar discourse. How are you?””

And then I saw that this is like a whole project, where more authors are writing new versions of Austen books! Like Val MacDermid doing Northanger Abbey! So now I’ll have to buy them all, obviously (should be 6, so not as bad as I made it sound).

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Future log

This is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

Future log. On a theme or just random things you’re planning to do/looking forward to.

I have spent ridiculous amounts on vacation this year. “But the year has just begun?”, you might wonder. Indeed, but why should this stop me? We’d already planned a 10-day caribbean holiday in March, then my mom really wants to go on Hurtigruten, and considering everything we should do that a.s.a.p. I am poor now. So poor.

(Yes, I’m being dramatic. Despite having reduced my savings account quite significantly, we are by no means “poor”. Sorry. It just hurts my wallet.)

So, my current future log of things to look forward to:

  • Vacation on Curacao
  • Vacation in Norway
  • Moving?

3 random favorites

This post is part of the Endless Blog Challenge.

3 random favorites. Three things you’re really liking, the quirkier the better!

This woman and her youtube lessons:

This book (post to follow):

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And I’m just in general very appreciative of living where I do. Need to take the time to do that as well. Don’t underestimate the (stability of) slow-moving representative politics that’s not in the hands of one person….

January Summary

The books:
Malin Persson Giolito’s Störst av allt
Doris Lessing’s Det femte barnet
Jo Nesbø’s Törst
Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Vindens skugga
Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing
Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover
Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder
Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch (re-read leading up to)
Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior
Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking

The movies:
Pitch Perfect 3

The shows:
Star Trek: Discovery
The Big Bang Theory
Mars
The Good Place