The Midcounty Book Club will meet at Fleur Fine Books to discuss "Mansfield Park " by Jane Austen. Come join the discussion, if you need a copy of the book come by Fleur Fine Books and mention the club and get 20% off our regular low price of $4.95 while supplies last.
Mansfield Park is the third published novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1814.
The novel tells the story of Fanny Price starting when her overburdened family sends her at age 10 to live in the household of her wealthy aunt and uncle, through to her marriage.
Adopted into the household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, Fanny Price grows up a meek outsider among her cousins in the unaccustomed elegance of Mansfield Park. Soon after Sir Thomas absents himself on estate business in Antigua (the family's investment in slavery and sugar is considered in the Introduction in a new, post-colonial light), Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive at Mansfield, bringing with them London glamour, and the seductive taste for flirtation and theatre that precipitates a crisis. While Mansfield Park appears in some ways to continue where Pride and Prejudice left off, it is, as Kathryn Sutherland shows in her illuminating Introduction, a much darker work, which challenges 'the very values (of tradition, stability, retirement and faithfulness) it appears to endorse'.
As always get 20% off the price of your copy when you come in and mention the Book Club.