A differing opinion
Posted by Myretta on March 21, 1998 at 12:07:01:
In response to What irks me about Tomalin's approach..., written by JennieC on March 21, 1998 at 09:56:33
I am interested in what assumptions others draw from the available facts and particularly others who have made a thorough study of these facts which I am unable to do. I feel perfectly competent to separate the fact from the analysis and do not feel at all taken in by Ms. Tomalin's conclusions. One of the things that makes this book so readable is that she has taken the known facts and put them in a context that makes sense to her. It presents us with what may be an alternate way of viewing Jane Austen's life. I have not read the descriptions of psychological effects and feelings as factual (that would be a silly thing to do), but have understood them as the author's interpretation. As such, I think they give us an interesting perspective on what is known.
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