Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen
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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

One of Jane Austen's most beloved novels, brought to life in a sparkling dramatization!

When Mr. Dashwood dies, he must leave the bulk of his estate to the son by his first marriage, which leaves his second wife and three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances. They are taken in by a kindly cousin, but their lack of fortune affects the marriageability of both practical Elinor and romantic Marianne. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. But this is a romance, and through the hardships and heartbreak, true love and a happy ending will find their way for both the sister who is all sense and the one who is all sensibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809596317
Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books
Publication date: 02/28/2004
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775) was an English novelist whose works include Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey. Her biting social commentary and masterful use of both free indirect discourse and irony eventually made Austen one of the most influential and honored novelists in English Literature.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1775

Date of Death:

July 18, 1817

Place of Birth:

Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England

Place of Death:

Winchester, Hampshire, England

Education:

Taught at home by her father

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Sense and Sensibility (Collins Classics) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 818 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Jane Austen¿s Sense and Sensibility, the classic tale of love and its consequences is told through the lives of the young and beautiful Dashwood sisters. Marianne, an imprudent and impulsive young lady, immediately falls in love with the handsome, yet unpredictable Mr. Willoughby, scandalously displaying her affection for him. Elinor, although always reserved and collected, also falls in love, but unlike her sister, keeps her affection for her admirer concealed even from those she dearly loves. Through the opposite characterization of the two main characters, Austen criticizes the folly of not leading a balanced lifestyle, whether it is cold and distant or spontaneous and brash. The novel also depicts the troubles caused by love in a society where wealth and social standing are top priorities. Through a variety of characters ranging from a frantic, gluttonous sister, to a humble and kind colonel, Austen condemns the social institutions of her time that encouraged the priority of wealth and status when forming an opinion of a person. Throughout the novel, readers are hooked, held in suspense as they eagerly await to discover the results of the Dashwoods¿ adventures with love. Humorous, heartbreaking, and humbling, Austen combines lessons of life, love, and society defining Sense and Sensibility as a classic.
Paige2017 More than 1 year ago
I really love all of Jane Austen's books but Sense and Sensibility is one of my favorites! It is an endearing story of two sisters who finally get their true happiness! If only this happened in real life! If you love the book you will also love the DVD made by BBC Video and shown on Masterpiece Theatre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with Austen but Sense and Sensibility is not nearly as romantic as Pride and Prejudice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was extrememly interesting. I enjoyed the clever love triangles occuring thoughout the book. Jane Austen is a wonderful writer who has a talent of creating complex characters, with very real emotions and problems. The reader is able to relate with the Dashwood girls as they struggle with unrequited love. The reader is never bored with the captivating lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started this book, I was a bit confused, but as I read on I fell in love with the time and setting of the novel. You really fall in love with the characters and get a sense of what marriage and especially money meant in that time and how they where related to one another.
Bookjunkie40 More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book that I have read from the B&N Classic list, but the first Jane Austin book. Some people have told me that her writing style is difficult to read, but I found that I had no problems. It is a classic tale of love and pain. I find it surreal that people fall in love so quickely! Or maybe the book doesn't give an accurate interpretation of the timeline. It is neither hear nor there, I actually enjoyed the first Austin novel and looking forward to the next one on the B&N list. I am curious to find out if all of her novels are about the trials of love or is there a surprise in store for me?!?!? I am a firm believer in the classics always being a perk in any book club, but reality is that I believe this is a wonderful book for a raining day, curl up with a warm blanket and a cup of hot cocoa:) Stay tuned for my next book review from the classic list: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
AAR More than 1 year ago
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austin is a Historical classic. It is a true classic love story. The Insight Edition has relevant information about England, their customs and Jane Austin's life during the Regency era. It has likable characters, romance, and family. If you enjoy Jane Austin this is a must read. It is one of the all classic books.
JesusButterfly More than 1 year ago
A charming edition to anyone's Austen library, this story contains wit and stimulating plot that leaves you fascinated with the misshaps and joys of Austen's characters. A must-read!
Shannon Visente More than 1 year ago
With so many grammatical errors, it almost seems purposeful in an effort to force readers to buy it! But .99 for her entire works is worth the price. Save yourself the headache and pass this mess by.
rba More than 1 year ago
The text is very badly scanned. There are plenty of typos and errors. Impossible to read. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It illustrates two types of women that are still very prominent in society today. I like the fact that it showed more than one side to everyone's personality. Great rainy day read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was not one of Jane Austen's best works. It was fairly enjoyable, but the other novels were so much better. The story was very slow. The best parts were the last few chapters. I did like how Elinor became more passionate, and Marianne became more sensible. The love story was very good, but hardly worth the tedious pages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good i cant put it down
SilentMute2 More than 1 year ago
Sense and Sensibility was the first book I was forced to read as a young person. At the time, I hated it. I could not understand what people saw in Jane Austen. I read twenty-two chapters before I quit, and to my mind at the time, NOTHING happened. There were no murders, no life-altering circumstances, nothing dramatic. Jane Austen pretty much depicted the petty squabbles, jealousies, and annoyances of backward people. It wasn't really a romance, and yet the whole story seemed to be supported on the disappointments and triumphs in love of the two major characters. Many years later, I have read it--and managed to finish it. I can't believe that I was able to pick up and appreciate the social commentary that I failed to appreciate as a teenager. Though I think Pride and Prejudice is better, Sense and Sensibility has its merits. The characters are well-developed, and some are sympathetic--like Colonel Brandon. However, I do think this is a book that requires a person to reach a certain stage in their life where they can appreciate "people watching." It probably helps if the characters remind you of people that you know or situations you have experienced. Having been disappointed in love myself, I was able to relate to Marianne more than I could as an inexperienced teenager. Of course, sometimes knowing people who remind you of the characters can be a drawback if you really hate the people. However, I would say it is a definite MUST, to appreciate Jane Austen, that you be content with a book that deals with social commentary and doesn't require action or dramatic events. If you need a helicopter crash, an explosion, or someone being brutally murdered to get you through a book...then Jane Austen is definitely not for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Jane's books, this is my second favorite. Only reason I gave it four stars is because there seems to be something lacking that I can't quite put my finger on it though.
Aaron Cox More than 1 year ago
This book was very poorly transfered into a text format. It makes teading extremely dificult.
iloverochester More than 1 year ago
Sense and Sensibility was written superbly well. The story is rich in details and surprises. Its dramatic, exciting, and most of all hopeful. The characters have real meaning and integrity. This book is for the hopeless romantic. My favorite of the Jane Austen novels. I would highly recommend this read for book clubs because there are many conflicts and twists that make great discussions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was fantastic. Jane Austen is an amazing author, and this is a great book! Everyone should read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story, great audiobook. Kate Winselt did a tremendous reading. Gets better everytime I listen to it.
lverard 9 months ago
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen is her first published work, published in 1811. The story hones in on two sisters, Marianne and Elinor, ages 17 and 19, and how their romantic interests and relationships determine the course of their lives. Austen focuses on the social mores and manners of the 19th century and juxtaposes how women are supposed to act in order to marry a man of well stature and the passionate love young girls often seek. The title reflects the two ways the women approach love: Elinor is sensible, whereas Marianne is only concerned with the sensibility in a relationship, how he can stimulate her and her interests. The novel surrounds the Dashwood family, the mother recently widowed, who move into a cottage in the English countryside town of Barton. Marianne, the younger of the two sisters, is set to marry Colonel Brandon, a match made by the eager neighbors, Sir John Middleton and his lady. Colonel Brandon is much older than Marianne, at least 30, and therefore doesn't appeal to her since she is looking for the romance and heart that a younger and more cultured man could offer. Elinor, being the more sensible of the two, knows what it means to find herself a good and noble husband, so she sets her sights on Edward Ferrars, even if he is less "interesting" in Marianne's eyes. Austen's novel is straightforward: romantic with a twist. It is a true love story, with turns to keep the reader engaged. She employs imagery to set the scene of a small, rural town, and uses language that sets the tone for the level of sophistication that the characters are held to in their situations. As the story progresses, Marianne meets a young and dashing gentleman named Willoughby and falls head over heels in love with him. They are passionate for each other and Marianne is sure they'll get married, until he suddenly has to leave. I won't spoil anything here, but Marianne follows a long and windy road in search of the true connection she craves in a relationship, that a lady of her stature cannot afford to care about; She has one thing she needs to be really searching for, and that is a good living with a respectable name. Elinor falls into a few traps with love too, her engagement with Mr. Ferrars is complicated with the arrival of the the two Steele girls, friends of Mrs. Jennings who is a relation of the neighbors the Middletons. Mrs. Jennings kindly takes the two Dashwood sisters to London and there, the love triangles begin and the tears start to fall. Austen portrays a love story that is common, yet one that most young girls can relate to. Every little girl is searching for Marianne's idea of romance and of passion, yet every young woman knows that their heart shouldn't play a bigger role than their head and think like Elinor: practicality is key. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story, even one with some hard hitting turns that may not always please. It's a novel for old literature and history lovers because it is set in the 19th century, so it's not as modern of a love story, which some people crave more often. I'd also say its not a light read, Austen writes in British English, with some older terms that may be outdated, making some of the language hard to follow if you're not paying as much attention. All in all, Sense and Sensibility is a story of love and loss and heartbreak and happy ending, and it's a great way to start off your love for Jane Austen.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having watched and enjoyed many of the Jane Austen movies with my older sister, I decided to pick up “Sense and Sensibility” for reading. As I jumped into this regency era romance novel, I found a cute story with an ending I didn’t quite expect. Jane Austen definitely didn’t disappoint with this book. If you are into regency era novels, then this is the one for you. She created a nice story with a cute little family trying to get by after the death of their loved one, and the difficulty the older daughters face once becoming acquainted to a few handsome suitors. She also creates a picture of the high societal demands of the times and how they influence these women. The story flows well. The English is a little harder to understand as a result to how proper it is, but ultimately it is a good read. This world she writes is different from the one we are used to today, so it’s fun to read how things would have happened a couple hundred years ago. I would recommend this book to anyone in need of a nice, easy read with a little romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sense and sensibility is a great book. This edition is good with no typos, however the intoduction should be read at the ed of the book because it gives a lot of stuff away. The same gos for Pride and Prejudice, the fre one that comes with the nook.