It is a truth universally acknowledged, that no young woman, of eighteen or twenty summers, may attain the rôle of heroine in Miss Austen's novels without a keen appreciation of country walks. Ronald Turnbull examines the evidence.
Really enjoyed this article thank you! 🙂
The quote "What are men to rocks and mountains?" has been a favourite of mine since I first read P&P as a teenager.
Here in Bath it's the Jane Austen Festival this week. A yomp over the Mendips isn't in the programme, oddly enough.
Jane Austen? Really? You are using a very elastic definition of "Mountain Literature"!
May I humbly suggest sharing your thoughts on Ralph Barker's "The Last Blue Mountain"?
(PS I enjoy dipping into "Granite and Grit" - marvellous!)
I've never read any Austen but the Rachel Parris comedy on R4 at 6.30 this evening was excellent and almost made me think I might give her a go.
I've read all of Jane Austen's books (*), her portrayals of "people" she disapproves of are brilliant, polite but incredibly cutting so that you sometimes have to read them twice to be sure that she really is having a good go at them.
(*) - actually over the years I think I've now read them all twice (except the unfinished ones like Sandition, but P&P probably 3 or 4 times), and unlike the OP, Northanger Abbey is the one I least like.
Yes - it is a truth universally acknowledged that she was a brilliant writer. But - mountain literature? Come on.
Looking forward to the Wuthering Heights review.
Heathcliff, wandering the Pennine Way in the dark. The first ultra runner? Catherine bouldering at Ponden Kirk? Enquiring minds want more info.
Well, this is UKC/UKH, so I stretch it to include long distance walking. And then I stretch it some more to include short distance walking. And then I stretch it some more to include Jane Austen, because I just love her stuff. (Only read P&P three or four times???) And it's good to push the boundaries, isn't it? Given I'm not ever going to solo El Cap...
But if it's any comfort, I'm just writing about Lionel Terray now.