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Thursday, December 16, 2010

A new Google Doodle says "Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!"

[Google Doodle for December 16th, 2010
Jane Austen's 235th Birth Anniversary]

Google celebrates Jane Austen [1775-1817] with an elegant and romantic Doodle. The great author is my favourite writer. I have read all of her books several times, again and again, and each time I've discovered something new and unexpected in them.
Too often improperly described as boring, outdated, outmoded and "sugary", Jane Austen's works are actually still (and  were always) a fantastic and exciting reading.

Forget Becoming Jane - even if I'm in love with James McAvoy now and forever - and Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley and maybe take a look at The Jane Austen Book Club or at Gurinder Ghadha's Bride & Prejudice.

In her books Austen has been able to talk about the provincial England of her time with class, intelligence, wit and a pretty remarkable sarcasm, masked with good manners, corsets and cups of tea. She was able to address issues such as sickness, death, poverty and women's ambitions in a way that is still fascinating and powerful. And in a funny way too!
Perhaps not everyone knows that, but "Bridget Jones's Diary" is just a re-writing of "Pride and  Prejudice".

And what about "Emma"? And "Persuasion", anyone?
How many generations of women have dreamed of the Darcy created by her?
Happy birthday, English bad girl!

Google celebra Jane Austen [1775-1817] con un Doodle romantico ed elegante. La grande autrice è la mia scrittrice preferita. Ho letto tutti i suoi libri diverse volte, ancora e ancora, e ogni volta vi ho scoperto qualcosa di nuovo e inaspettato.
Troppo spesso descritti erroneamente come noiosi, superati, fuori moda e zuccherosi, i romanzi di Jane Austen sono ancora in realtà (e sono sempre stati) una lettura fantastica e coinvolgente.

Dimenticatevi di Becoming Jane - Il ritratto di una donna contro - anche se adoro e adorerò sempre James McAvoy - e di Orgoglio e pregiudizio con Keira Knightley e date magari un'occhiata a Il club di Jane Austen o a Matrimoni e pregiudizi di Gurinder Ghadha.

Jane Austen è stata in grado di parlare nei propri libri dell'Inghilterra di provincia del proprio tempo con classe, intelligenza, perspicacia e un notevole sarcasmo, mascherato grazie a buone maniere, corsetti e tazze di té. Ha saputo trattare temi quali malattia, morte, povertà e ambizioni femminili in un modo che risulta tuttora affascinante e d'impatto. E anche divertente!
Forse non tutti sanno che "Il diaro di Bridget Jones" altro non è che una ri-scrittura di "Orgoglio e pregiudizio".

E che dire di "Emma"? E di "Persuasione"?
Quante generazioni di donne hanno sognato di incontrare il "suo" Darcy?
Happy birthday, English bad girl!

Further information:
The Jane Austen Centre

Tags: Jane Austen, Cinema, Literature, Pride and Prejudice, Bride and Prejudice, Becoming Jane, The Jane Austen Book Club, Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Bridget Jones's Diary, Darcy, Google Doodle, Anniversary, Google, Orgoglio e pregiudizio, Matrimoni e pregiudizi, Il club di Jane Austen, Il diario di Bridget Jones