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Posted February 17, 2009
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This book tells the story of Anne Elliot who at 19 chose to deny the hand of a navy officer she loved because she was persuaded by her family that it was not a good choice for her. Anne being the good natured and obedient daughter listens even though her father and sisters could really care less about her well being. Now years later her heart is put to the test as the man in question Capitain Wentworth comes back wealthy and is still as handsome as ever. I once believed Pride and Predjudice was THE Jane Austen book to read. I was wrong. This story is incredible, when I read a Jane Austen book I don't fell like it's hard to read at all considering it was written in a very different time then ours. I feel like Jane and I could easily have a couple laughs chatting it up over drinks. FYI there is a great Perusasion movie made in 2007 that I feel really captures the book.
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Posted April 27, 2013
I love Jane Austen's books and have various titles in several editions. This one is my favorite - it has a beautiful cover, the font is pleasing to the eye, and it is indexed at various points - these correspond to notes which explain the context a little more. This is something I love about the Penguin Classics. I'm sorely tempted to get other titles in the same series now..
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Posted January 19, 2012
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Jane Austen. I've read Pride and Prejudice countless times. But this book is just a waste. The romance which is so charming in her other novels becomes redundant and insipid. What makes it worse is that the characters are just so annoying. Not endearing at all. And may I say that the Masterpiece movie version was one of the most ridiculous things that I have ever seen. Please read ANY of her other novels!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2011
Jane Austen opens Persuasion with an introduction of the Baronet family of Sir Walter Elliot. Immediately, the irony of our heroine, Anne's, situation becomes apparent: Anne is a practical and realistic young lady born into a society in which propriety overpowers all other aspects of life. The values of Regency England were summed up in her father, where it was said that "vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot's character; vanity of person and of situation."Anne, on the other hand, is wise beyond her years and always sees the person beyond the pomp and circumstance. 8 years earlier, Anne Elliot did exactly that when she fell in love with the handsome young sailor, Fredrick Wentworth, who I must say is a more dashing man than even Mr. Darcy. The young couple was separated when Anne was "Persuaded to believe the engagement to be a wrong thing _ indescreet, improper, hardly capable of success_" Years later, a twenty-seven year old Anne has remained single, destined to be a spinster, her family in debt. Re-enter Fredrick Wentworth, now a distinguished naval officer with a fortune from the Napoleonic Wars.After all these years Anne's love for him has not faded, although his apparently have. Somehow, fate brings them together into the same circles of society but the awkwardness remains. A variety of colorful character from London, Bath and Lyme create 'dramas' and love triangles to rival the best of soap operas. Added to the mix is Mr. Elliot, a rich cousin set to inherit the Elliot estate. He is wealthy, well mannered, and attentive to Anne; much the opposite of the adventurous and indifferent Captain Wentworth.Like the 'Twilight' books, Persuasion will have you cheering for 'Team Wentworth' one moment and 'Team Elliot' the next. You will love sensible Anne, stuck in the middle of this mess and become "much too well aware of the uncertainty of all human events and calculations." Jane Austen once again delivers and intriguing romance that forces another young woman to choose between propriety and love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2011
I read this book for school, but I had planned on reading it anyways. I really enjoyed it, but it was only okay. It was not by any means Jane Austen's best. However, I still plan on reading it again, though I cannot say how others would feel about reading it twice. It is classic Austen. If you didn't like pride and prejudice or emma, than you will not enjoy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2011
Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth were happily in love and ready to be married - until Anne's friend Lady Russel persuades her that Captain Wentworth, a poor man in the army, is not the man for her. Eight years later, however, society brings them together again. Anne still loves him, and she must divulge if he still loves her, a hard task considering all the lovely young women who would do anything to marry the handsome and now wealthy Captain. Persuasion is a story filled with jealousy and uncertainty, as well as passion, simple joy, and a powerful, unconditional love.
Persuasion is my third Austen novel (the first being Pride and Prejudice, then Sense and Sensibility); I loved it. It kept me up late at night - midnight and later. I finished it in four days, which is a record for me as I do not read classics very quickly.
In one word, I would say this is a simple book, in the best sense. It is written well and the way the events of the story are played out build the characters' personalities, their way of living. The story progresses in just a way that mirrors Anne's feelings for Wentworth... In the beginning, there is no word of a Captain Wentworth, and Anne's life is happy. At least, on the outside. As everything falls into place, however, Anne becomes more and more unnerved and unable to conceal her love, the love she's had all along. The tension between the Captain and Anne Elliot was substantial and realistic. I was very impressed and am every excited to read and re-read all of Austen's wonderful novels. They're sitting on my shelf...waiting!
I have read all of Jane Austen's work and Persuasion is by far my favorite. For me, Anne Elliot is Austen's most relatable heroine and the work is so perfectly paced that it is near impossible to put down. Despite rereading this work many times, I continue to fall in love with Anne and Captain Wentworth every time. A must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2008
While Emma and Pride and Prejudice will always dule it out as Austen's most popular work Persuasion is by far and away her sweetest and most mature completed novel. Anne Elliot is more sympathetic than Emma Woodhouse, almost as charming as Lizzie Bennet and less meek than Fanny Price. There is a less adolescent feel than the rest of her work, but there is no shortage of Janes trademark humor. Plenty of ridiculous people and biting self-awarness to go around. The story on the whole feels even more romantic than P and P, and will keep you intersted till the end. You feel closer to the author reading Persuasion than you do with any of her other novels. You feel more connected to Anne than any of Austen's other characters and the novel has a less contrived, more realistic tone than Emma. When you hear Mrs.Smith speak of the frustrations of being sick, it is some of the most natural and powerful words Jane ever wrote. You feel like you can hear her speaking to you about her own illness, which she succumbed to before Persuasion (along with Northanger Abbey) was published. If you are a fan this will be one of your favorite reads.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2005
While I absolutely love this book, I would not recommend it to everyone. Persuasion is better appreciated if you have read other Jane Austen novels. It is not her usual comedy, but this one takes a more practical toll. It is very captivating, and I could not put it down. Definitely a classic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2005
Persuasion is dramatically different from all of Austen's other novels. Anne E. is more mature and more worthy of true love than any of Austen's other characters (perhaps Jane and Elizabeth in P&P can compare). This book just touches me and engulfs me. I have read all of Austen's novels numerous times, but please, READ THIS BOOK! It was Austen's last completed novel. She called the main character, Anne, 'almost too good for me.' I really believe Persuasion is a mirror into Jane Austen's amazing soul.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 30, 2002
Being the JA fan that I am, I was greatly disappointed by this book. The plot moved much to quick and without substance and the characters moved in and out leaving the reader without a firm idea of their views. I understand Ms. Austen was racing against ill health to complete the novel, and in this case it shows. Not one of her best (although Capt. Wentworth is, as always, irresistable!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2001
The atmosphere and everything about this novel is lovely and very amusing.In my thinking,this novel with the conventionalities of those times keeps an eastern style of moods and behaviours.The unspoken feelings of protagonists are expressed by gestures and thoughts though they try not to reveal them.At first Captain Wentworth beguiles himself and others by disguising his feelings in the robe of indifferance but at last surrenders to his heart.Its a great piece of literature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2000
I finished the book yesterday and was very sad when I was finished, just as I was when I finished Pride and Prejudice. Austen's ability to capture love and put into words is one we don't see that often. She was truly an amazing writer. I can't wait to start the next austen novel. The hard part is deciding which one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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