May 24, 2010

Jane Austen's Persuasion


The first Austen I read was P&P and I loved it. It is one of my favorite books. So, other than not getting into the Sense & Sensibility movie a couple of years ago, I have no idea what has taken me so long to get to my second Austen novel. Persuasion was so good!

I loved the character of Anne. She is strong in a way that is really inspiring to me. I also liked that this was not a story of falling in love for the first time, but of finding that a mistake you made a long time ago can be made right again. There are lots of stories of finding true love, but not many about finding it the second time around with the same person. I really liked it.

I believe that my next Austen novel will not take so long to read. Now I just have to decide Emma or Mansfield Park?

THE STATISTICS:
BOOK #: 33
RATING: 4.5 Stars
FOR CHALLENGES: Jane Austen Challenge, Year of the Historical, A to Z Challenge, Support Your Library, Random Reading, 100+ in 2010
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Classics
PUBLISHER: Everyman's Library
FORMAT/PAGES: Paperback/304
HEY, FCC!: Library

20 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked this one! It's an absolute favorite of mine (for all time). Have you seen either of the film adaptations? Neither is perfect, but they have their charms. Good luck with more Jane Austen!

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  2. I love Persuasion. Love it! I've read Mansfield Park but Emma is the last Austen that I haven't read. Maybe this year ...

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  3. Persuasion is the most unique of Austen's novel in my opinion. I suggest you read Emma next. It's as interesting as Persuasion. I assure you that.

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  4. Perhaps this should be my next Jane Austen too. I have only read Pride and Prejudice too.

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  5. +JMJ+

    I just love Persuasion as well! When I first read it, I really had no idea what I was in for; and after I was done, I was amazed that it is not better known and better loved among the rest of Austen's oeuvre. But now that I try to be objective, I guess the fact that it's so bittersweet stands against it--though that is precisely what I love so much about it!

    Persuasion has a more mature wisdom and appeal--primarily because Anne, who is the whole heart of the novel, is an older heroine than her sisters in the Austen canon. I love Anne much more than I ever loved Elizabeth Bennett.

    Now I second the recommendation to read Emma next, not for anything having to do with the book itself, but because I think you should save the best (i.e. Mansfield Park) for last! ;)

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  6. Yay for Persuasion! I love that book. I suggest Emma next.

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  7. I've seen the movie but haven't read the book yet, but I DID just download it to my phone to listen to on the train ride to BEA this afternoon - yay!

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  8. So glad that you enjoyed this - it is a splendid book isn't it? And yes, I think that it somehow has more maturity that most of the other jane Austens - but I do love them too (especially Emma!)

    Thanks for sharing
    Hannah

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  9. Persuasion is my favorite. I would recommend Emma next. It's fun and flirty, whereas MP is a bit more staid and serious.

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  10. I loved both Persuasion and Mansfield Park, but did not care for Emma at all. My next Austen will be Sense and Sensibility.

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  11. This is my favorite Austen! I agree with you- Anne is such a strong and resilient character. And I think Austen was at her wittiest in this novel.

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  12. Persuasion is still on my list of Austen books to read. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  13. I'm glad you finally read it! I liked it, too, although to be honest Anne kind of annoyed me.

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  14. I'm listening to P&P now ... my first Austen.

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  15. I really liked PRdie & Prejudice and I want to read Persuasion next. Emma (the main character) annoyed me to no end and she kept me from really liking it, she was so meddlesome! So I vote you read Mansfield Park next, although I haven't read it yet :)

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  16. So glad you loved this - Persuasion is my most favorite Austen!

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  17. Like others, Persuasion is my FAV Austen, so I'm thrilled you liked it!

    MP is my least favorite Austen - I just hate both the heroine and hero! I may have to reread it, though. I have more patience now than I did when I was sixteen!

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  18. Pick Emma. she is quite fun, though a tad silly at times!

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  19. I really love this one, too! Read Emma next--what a great satire.

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  20. I read this one a few months ago and loved it for the same reasons you did. I think Emma will be my next Austen read.

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