|Barnes and Noble Classics edition|
Now, today, begins my last Austen read-a-long with Mansfield Park. Join me. I'd love the company.
Here is the format I will use:
- Divide your book into eight sections. Mine is 412 pages long so 1/8th of that is roughly 52 pages. That is my weekly page goal.
- Ask yourself, as you read along, what is the main action of the section?
- Next, if you are as familiar as I am with the Mansfield Park DVDs, see if you can find something surprising in the section. For me this generally means that there is some action/dialogue/character not included in the movie.
- Lastly ask yourself a question about the section. It can be any thought that comes to your mind. For example, perhaps you will wonder why Austen didn't speak up more about the political issues of the day or what treatments for alcoholism existed at that time. You don't have to answer them unless you want to. Just ask and ponder. It makes the reading more active.
- I will post a weekly update here at headfullofbooks. If you want to blog about this on your site, but leave me your web address so I can visit your site, too.
And we're off with the first line...
About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of a handsome house and large income.
The edition I will be reading from:
Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. New York: Barnes and Noble Classics, 2004. Print.