Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

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Yeah, I've Had That Jane Austen Experience.

The author (VS Naipaul) slates Dickens for his "repetitiveness" and cites the experience of reading Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey as a revelatory one.

"I thought halfway through the book, 'Here am I, a grown man reading about this terrible vapid woman and her so-called love life.'

"I said to myself, 'What am I doing with this material? This is for somebody else, really."


It's funny how the article states that "Naipaul attacks literary giants" when, really, I think he's being perfectly reasonable with Austen. I had the same experience when reading Emma.
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