With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en espanol, Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure: a traveling book club with Jane. In six unique, unforgettable countries, she gathered book-loving new friends– taxi drivers and teachers, poets and politicians– to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.
Whether sharing rooster beer with Guatemalans, joining the crowd at a Mexican boxing match, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy came to learn what Austen knew all along: that we’re not always speaking the same language– even when we’re speaking the same language.
But with true Austen instinct, she could recognize when, unexpectedly, she’d found her own Senor Darcy.
All Roads Lead to Austen celebrates the best of what we love about books and revels in the pleasure of sharing a good book– with good friends.
This book was not the best book on my list. Actually of all the books I read this month, this book ranks second to last. More on that in my January review. I was so anxious to read this book as anyone in my family can tell you I am a huge Jane Austen fan. However, I was slightly disappointed with this book. Hence my lovely 3 out of 5 on Goodreads. The author kept going back and fourth comparing her different reading groups and after a while it just became tiresome. I was really happy with how the book ended, though. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you get to a point where she starts repeating herself just skip a paragraph or two and all will be well.