Recuperant com veu el ball la meva estimada i admirada Azar Nafisi a Reading Lolita in Teheran.
Post meu el dia 12 de setembre de 2017.
#Reading Lolita in #Tehran , #AzarNafisi .
Part IV, #Austen .
#Pride and #Prejudice .
"All dance is #performance and #presentation , I tell them, but do you see how different dances invite different interpretations?...
...This sort of seduction is elusive; it is sinewy and tactile. It twists, twirls, winds and unwinds. Hands curl and uncurl while the waist seems to coil and recoil. It is #calculated . It predicts its effect before another little #step is taken, and then another little step. It is flirtatious in a way Miss Daisy Miller and her likes could never dream of being. It is openly seductive but not surrendering.
...#balls and #dances are #instruments of #plot in some of Austen's other #novels -in Mansfield Park, for example, and Emma- in no other novel does dance #play such a focal role...
...the whole #structure of the novel is like a dance, which is both a #public and a #private#act .
The atmosphere in Pride and Prejudice does carry the festive air of a ball.
So the structure is that of dance and digression...
...Austen's protagonist are private individuals set in public places...
...The balance between the public and the private is essential to this world...
... The backwards-and-forward rhythm of the dance is repeated in the actions and movements of the two protagonists, around whom the plot is shaped...
...There is a give-and-take in the dance, a constant adapting to the partner's needs and steps...
...Pride and Prejudice is not poetic, but it has its own cacophonies and harmonies; voices approach and depart and take a turn around the room."
I love how Azar Nafisi compares an eighteenth-century dance with the structure of Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice.
It's smart, original and very romantic.
And I love rereading these #pages again. Because she makes magic with words.
The opening line is one of the most famous in English literature. I love it. Sets the scene for the whole story, in a tongue in cheek way, and it's tone of mocking society in general. I do love this book! I love the comedy characters, the way they talk so proper, but the main characters are sharp and quick witted with it. Elizabeth Bennet is one of my all time favorite characters. I always wanted to be as strong willed as she is.
Warning: My language may change over the next few days! 💕
I couldn't find my copy of Wuthering Heights, so decided to go with an old favorite, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I used to read this most summers, but haven't for well over a decade. This was a "new" edition I got for my birthday from one of my oldest friends. So I've never read this one. It's time to revisit Netherfield... #prideandprejudice#janeausten#austen#elizabethbennet#mrdarcy#netherfield
The sun has come back after some much needed rain here in Devon. Did anyone else feel so cosy at the weekend? It was dark out even in the day and the sound and smell of the rain was just lovely! I miss it! I’m definitely not a summer person, give me Autumn or Winter any day (Spring has too much pollen) 🌻 I’m still ploughing through Mansfield Park, it’s starting to drag and some of the characters (Miss Crawford) are grating on my nerves a bit but I know it is such a firm favourite with so many Austen fans so I’m going to keep going! Tonight I’m going to eat a Caesar salad and watch some of season 1 of Poldark to get me in the Cornish mindset for my trip to Padstow next month ⚓️
“To me it is faultless. Nay, more, I consider it as the only form of building in which happiness is attainable, and were I rich enough, I would instantly pull Combe down, and build it up again in the exact plan of this cottage.” 🌿🌿🌿
It’s Town & Country (favorite setting) for #austenaugust2018 and I have to say that even though I find places like Pemberly swoon-worthy, I have always dreamed of living in a cottage. I adore Barton Cottage, with its “small green court,” “neat wicket gate,” the tile roof, and the garden behind, which I imagine is filled with lavender, peppermint, and roses. 🌿🌿🌿
Even though the Dashwood’s were initially disappointed in Barton Cottage, I love the process they went through upon first seeing it: they cried, they were then “resolved to appear happy,” and finally, because the September weather was fine, “they received an impression in its favour which was of material service in recommending it to their lasting approbation.” In other words, they accepted it and made it a real home. 💛
Orgueil et préjugés de Jane Austen est clairement devenu un de mes livres préférés.
Ce livre était sur ma liste depuis des années, mais je ne m’étais jamais décidée à l’acheter car j’étais assez dubitative. En effet, je n’avais jamais entendu de remarques négatives quand à ce roman. Je trouvais cela assez étrange : selon moi, un livre ne peut être un « bon » livre que si les avis divergent à son égard.
Mais la seule chose que je regrette, c’est d’avoir mis si longtemps à le lire.
Je suis tombée amoureuse de ce livre et de ses personnages, et je me demande encore qui ne pourrait pas. En le regardant de loin, on pourrait résumer l’histoire à une banale romance, mais Orgueil et préjugés est bien plus que cela.
Sublime, doux, magnifique, touchant, bouleversant me semblent des adjectifs pour décrire ce roman, mais je doute que l’on puisse réellement décrire toute la profondeur de cette histoire.
Jane Austen se plaît à tisser des liens entre ses personnages et à compliquer le plus simple et pur des amours.
J’ai tant aimé Mr. Darcy. Il n’est pas la personne que l’on pense. De l’extérieur, il peut paraître hautain et orgueilleux, mais c’est en réalité sa timidité et son anxiété sociale qui le contrôlent et l’empêchent d’être lui même. Il est en fait un gentleman, passionné, intelligent, pluriel, arrogant. Un homme de sang froid qui observe en silence.
À l’inverse de ce que l’on pourrait attendre d’une personne de son rang, il décide de faire des choix qu’il juge juste et en accord avec lui même, plutôt que de privilégier la condition sociale. Il préfère en effet la noblesse de l’âme, la délicatesse, l’intelligence et la passion. Sa solitude n’est pas anodine : personne ne lui ressemble. Personne sauf Elizabeth.
Mr. Darcy et Elizabeth Bennet sont différents à bien des égards, mais se ressemblent également profondément. C’est ce qui les unit. Ce respect qu’ils abordent l’un envers l’autre. Cette douceur qui fait leur force. * ⤵️ suite en commentaires
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“I should have thought that every woman must have felt the possibility of a man’s not being approved, not being loved by some one of her sex, at least, let him be ever so generally agreeable. Let him have all the perfections in the world, I think it ought not to be set down as certain, that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.” Did some late night reading last night. Mansfield Park kind of grew on me. I will probably have finished it today or tomorrow. Glad I sat it through. - A. #MansfieldPark#JaneAusten#Austen#classics#bookstagram
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Dressed in muslin gowns, Mina Malik Hussain and Mehr Husain sip tea and nibble on cucumber sandwiches. A maid refills the silver teapot while her mistress and her guests discuss the merits of Lyme Regis over Bath. It could be afternoon tea in Mansfield Park, the seat of the Bertram family in Jane Austen’s novel – except that the trees are banyans, the birds are Indian hoopoes and the maid wears a shalwar kameez. This is not Northamptonshire but Lahore; a gathering of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan. For the truth – universally acknowledged – is that the writer is enduringly popular in the country. Discover why her novels resonate with Pakistani readers by clicking on the link in our bio.
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