'The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen's London'
Despite it's title, Nile Green's new book The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen's London, actually has very little to do with Jane Austen, at least directly. Unfortunately there is no evidence that Jane Austen ever met — or even knew of — the young Iranians at the center of this fascinating account. However, what this book does offer Jane Austen fans is a real insight into the relationship that existed between two very different cultures, that were still on the whole largely alien to one another. It draws on the accounts that one of the Iranian research students wrote while on their visit to England, and tells of what they were hoping to find, what they did find, and what their impressions of Georgian Britain were. Although it might not have much to do with Jane Austen directly, this is a great read for history fans and fans of Jane Austen alike; it really gives you an insight into some of the scientific and philosophical movements of the time. We at Jane Austen News certainly found it an interesting read.
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