All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith

By Amy Elizabeth Smith

"An illuminating insight...fascinating."—Amanda Grange, bestselling writer of Mr. Darcy's Diary

"A trip via either a actual panorama and the geography of the human middle and mind...delightfully wonderful and sometimes deeply relocating, this publication reminds us that Austen's world—and her characters—are greatly alive."—Michael Thomas Ford, writer of Jane Bites Back


With a suitcase choked with Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith trigger on a yearlong Latin American experience: a touring ebook membership with Jane. In six detailed, unforgettable nations, she accumulated book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and academics, poets and politicians— to learn Emma, experience and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

Whether sharing chicken beer with Guatemalans, becoming a member of the group at a Mexican boxing fit, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean young children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy got here to benefit what Austen knew all alongside: that we're no longer continuously talking an identical language— even if we're talking a similar language.

But with precise Austen intuition, she might realize whilst, without notice, she'd came upon her personal Señor Darcy.

All Roads result in Austen celebrates the easiest of what we adore approximately books and revels within the excitement of sharing a superb book— with sturdy acquaintances.

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They were neither friends nor enemies,’’ he cynically remarked. ’’ At the meeting, Maheu and Roselli assured the would-be assassin of ample money and poison for the job. Varona suggested two choices: Either plant a bomb in Castro’s desk or poison his food at a restaurant he frequented. Gener, however, offered a third option. He had contacted a prospective assassin in Cuba—Juan Orta, a former recipient of kickbacks from the gambling syndicate who was embittered over having lost that income after Castro’s rise to power.

At an early November meeting, Livingston Merchant from the State Department carefully skirted the word assassination by asking whether planning had begun about ‘‘taking direct 36 THE BAY OF PIGS positive action’’ against the two Castros and Che Guevara. ’’ The CIA deputy director, General Charles Cabell, was well aware of the secret Mafia arrangement and recognized the problems in recruiting one assassin. 13 There can be no doubt that ‘‘direct positive action’’ meant assassination. ’’ Gray admitted that the ‘‘positive action’’ under discussion ‘‘could include assassination,’’ but Thomas Parrott disagreed.

S. naval base at Guantanamo and portended the establishment of a ‘‘Soviet satellite’’ capable of influencing the political direction of other Latin American states. In addition, the regime endangered the lives of eight thousand Americans on the island along with American investments in Cuba. But any remedy, Merchant warned, required a ‘‘delicate operation’’ in that the ‘‘precipitous disappearance’’ of Castro could spawn leaders who would be worse yet. The United States had to be sure that a new government acted in America’s interests.

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