This is sacrilegious, but I must confess I’m not a Jane Austen fan. I’m impatient with her flowery verbiage that requires a degree in English Lit to understand. Mark Twain was right: “Use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English–it is the modern way and the best way.”
However, in an effort to stay au courant and because I adore P.D. James I read her latest novel “Death Comes to Pemberley,” based on Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” characters. Easy to see why Austen-James’ fans would adore this book and it’s marvelous that Mrs. James continues to write bestsellers at age 92, but I was frightfully bored. Give me Hemingway or Robert B. Parker, please.