Read & Laughs: Literary Reads Filled with Laughter

Lockdown restrictions may be loosening up in different parts of the world. However, maybe you are still looking for that pick-me-up to brighten your spirits and get you excited for the warmer weather that is to come? Then make sure to add to your TBR list these side-splitting, laugh out loud literary reads that will make any uncertain future a little brighter at the end of the tunnel:

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Book Review: The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

Format:  Paperback

Pages: 410 pages

Published: 1913

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Genre: Fiction & Literature, Classics





Edith Wharton’s satiric anatomy of American society in the first decade of the twentieth century appeared in 1913; it both appalled and fascinated its first reviewers, and established her as a major novelist. The Saturday Review wrote that she had ‘assembled as many detestable people as it is possible to pack between the covers of a six-hundred page novel’, but concluded that the book was ‘brilliantly written’, and ‘should be read as a parable’. It follows the career of Undine Spragg, recently arrived in New York from the Midwest and determined to conquer high society. Glamorous, selfish, mercenary, and manipulative, her principal assets are her striking beauty, her tenacity, and her father’s money. With her sights set on an advantageous marriage, Undine pursues her schemes in a world of shifting values, where triumph is swiftly followed by disillusion. Wharton was re-creating an environment she knew intimately, and Undine’s education for social success is chronicled in meticulous detail. The novel superbly captures the world of post-Civil War America, as ruthless in its social ambitions as in its business and politics.

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How Great She Is


Today is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Austen has given so much to the world with her writing and her ideas, and fortunately other famous writers felt the same way. Here are some of their thoughts on Austen to celebrate this momentous occasion:

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Jane Austen’s Life To Be Turned Into a Romantic Comedy


Well, not really anyway.

It has just been announced that a dramatization of Jane Austen’s life will be made into a romantic film titled Jane By The Sea, based on the novel by Carolyn V. Murray. Here is more from The Guardian:

The romantic comedy, which is being pushed forward by Voltage Pictures, will examine the important relationships in Austen’s life and how they influenced her major works. According to the Tracking Board, the film will be a combination of scenes from the author’s life and her books.

It will also be scripted by author Murray, whose novel came out in July. No director or stars have been attached yet.”

This will be a nice addition since there has been only one other film that has attempted to dramatizes Jane Austen’s life, the 2007 film Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway.

There is also an upcoming romantic film titled Love and Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale. It is based on the funny epistolary novel, Lady Susan. No released date has been announced but it began filming in February.

If you like to know more about Jane By The Sea, click on the Goodreads link below.

Jane by the Sea: Jane Austen's Love Story

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