All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith

By Amy Elizabeth Smith

"An illuminating insight...fascinating."—Amanda Grange, bestselling writer of Mr. Darcy's Diary

"A trip via either a actual panorama and the geography of the human center and mind...delightfully interesting and infrequently deeply relocating, this e-book reminds us that Austen's world—and her characters—are greatly alive."—Michael Thomas Ford, writer of Jane Bites Back

WHERE DO BOOKS TAKE YOU?

With a suitcase packed with Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith trigger on a yearlong Latin American event: a touring ebook membership with Jane. In six targeted, unforgettable nations, she accumulated book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and lecturers, poets and politicians— to learn Emma, feel and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

Whether sharing chicken beer with Guatemalans, becoming a member of the group at a Mexican boxing fit, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean little ones, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy got here to benefit what Austen knew all alongside: that we're now not continuously conversing a similar language— even if we're conversing a similar language.

But with real Austen intuition, she might realize whilst, all of sudden, she'd discovered her personal Señor Darcy.

All Roads bring about Austen celebrates the easiest of what we adore approximately books and revels within the excitement of sharing an exceptional book— with stable associates.

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This Island is in lat. 34 d. 45 m. and about 120 Leagues from the Main. It is about 12 Leagues 3 The historical romance by Bartholomew E. G. Warburton, Darien; or the merchant prince (3 vols, London: 1852), demonstrates the continuing appeal of such exotic and tropical settings for British readers. 38    round, full of high Hills, and small pleasant Valleys; which if manured, would probably produce any Thing proper for the Climate. The sides of the mountains are part Savannahs, part Woodland (114).

Apart from this, Peru itself is absent from the text, but the words of Las Casas gloomily overshadow many subsequent works in English whenever the encounter between Spaniards and Indians is recorded in that region. José de Acosta’s Historia natural y moral de las Indias (1591) certainly provided an English reader with a much more comprehensive view of Peru and particularly of its Indian peoples, but until modern times was translated only once, in 1604, from a French edition. Rather than a history of Indian or Spanish feats, this encyclopaedic work, in Book IV, studies at length all aspects of the discovery and exploitation of precious metals, with particular reference to the refining of silver by the use of mercury, and with statistics on levels of production attained at Potosí.

If we turn to the mainland, it is ‘barren and desolate, and so on each side all along both Chili and Peru’, as for example at Copiapó, where Wafer searched for water to the point of exhaustion with no success, remarking on the vast numbers of sea shells to be found in the sand as much as eight miles inland. ‘Nor did we see any sort of Fowl, nor Beast, or other living Creature’ (120). Coquimbo is once more renowned for its nine churches, large, deep bay and the alluring tales of gold: The Sands of the River by the Sea, as well as the whole Bay, are all bespangled with Particles of Gold; insomuch that as we travelled along the Sandy Bays, our People were covered with a fine Gold-dust; but too fine for any thing else; for ‘twould be an endless Work to pick it up (116).

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