Sunday, August 2, 2009

Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman

"There is little more likely to exasperate a person of sense than finding herself tied by affection and habit to an Enthusiast."

Julie knows from bitter experience: her best friend, Ashleigh, is an Enthusiast. Ashleigh's current fancy is also Julie's own passion, Pride and Prejudice, and the heroine's quest for True Love. And so Julie finds herself swept along with Ashleigh, dressed in vintage frocks and sneaking into a dance at the local all-boys' prep school. There they discover several likely candidates for True Love, including the handsome and sensitive Parr. And Julie begins to wonder if maybe this obsession of Ashleigh's isn't so bad after all. . .

Even though it took me a while to get through Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice it has become one of my favorite classic books. Polly Shulman captures the similar literary atmosphere Austen exudes through her books. I like that Shulman only uses Pride & Prejudice as a foundation for Enthusiasm instead of modernizing it. Ms. Shulman wasn't the only one who made this audio book enjoyable; Jennifer Ikeda, narrator, made listening to this story pleasant and relaxing for me. In closing I'll say that this book will (hopefully) be on my future library bookshelf.

1 comment:

wdebo said...

Sounds great, I gotta check it out!