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Book: Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper
Author: Manuela Santoni
Published: August 1, 2018 (Hardcover) October 1, 2018 (Paperback)
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Genre: Graphic Novel, Historical, Young Adult
Format: Print ARC
Source: Thomas Allen & Son
In a time of formal dances, courtyard courtships, and strict ideas about a woman’s role in the world, Jane Austen looked at the England around her and created unforgettable art. Before she was the beloved author of Pride and Prejudice and other classic novels, Jane Austen was a young woman wrestling with society’s expectations and challenges of the heart. Her own story involves choices that changed literary history–and perhaps even the choice to walk away from love. This graphic imagining of Jane Austen’s youth includes her creative awakening and her much-speculated-upon encounters with Tom Lefroy, a brash law student. Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper is a vision of the thrills and pains of young romance, the bonds of sisterhood, and the decisions that make a person who she is. (Goodreads)
My rating: 4 stars
It was lovely. Definitely recommend.
I love most things Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite novels – speaking of, it’s about time I reread it…
When I had the opportunity to read an early copy of Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper, I jumped on it. This graphic novel was originally published in Italian in 2017 and this new edition has been translated into English by Matteo Benassi.
Inspired by letters Jane wrote to her sister Cassandra, this lovely, little graphic novel tells the story of what may have happened to spur Jane Austen to begin to write and the romance between her and Tom Lefroy. It is a quick and enjoyable read. Jane’s character is stubborn and snarky and smart and exactly who I’ve always imagined her to be. Her friendship with her sister is beautiful.
The art style is simple, black and white, with lots of strong lines and a ton of character facial expression.
I definitely recommend this graphic novel to any Austen fan!