Persuasion

Persuasion

Book - 1992
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Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1992
ISBN: 9780141439686
9780679601913
0679601910
Branch Call Number: FIC Aust
Characteristics: 184 p

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SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

Persuasion is the best Jane Austen novel and no one will ever convince me otherwise (because I'm right).

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xiaojunbpl12
Mar 13, 2018

My 2nd J Austen’s book, felt better than “Pride and Prejudice”. I’m more drawn to her prose style (refreshing in contrast to modern writings) than to the story itself.
Numerous characters interact with each other, caused no confusion but savoring of humor, and an urge to know the consequences. But I was disappointed to learn Mr. Elliot’s true account from Mrs Smith, author’s set up leading to the overdue happy ending (must be anticipated by many readers). I’d believed a powerful ending with another conjugal affair of convenience or pragmatism that would be so unfortunate and devastating that Captain Wentworth finally surrender his soul passion to carnal desire.
Though I’m not sure of ever mingling with mature ladies and fair maidens in Austen Camp, I will become interested in more Austen novels, as the mannerism from that bygone era still elicit romance, timeless, more alluring than the modern version deduced from a similar context (class, title, rank, fame, wealth, property).

lt_bibliosara Mar 11, 2018

Jane Austen is a masterful author. If you haven't read any of her books because you've been told they are full of sentimental schlock (is that a word), don't listen. When it comes down to it, Austen may be known as a romance author, but it is her astute analysis of human reactions, relationships, and society that has made her famous. Persuasion, especially, is a prime example of this talent. One of her more somber works, Persuasion follows Anne Elliott, a young woman with a-let's face it-rather silly family. Apparently all the intelligence and compassion went to her. Yet, we never really hate her family members. Why? Because Anne has the decency to love them despite their flaws, and the intelligence to disagree with them while still maintaining familial peace.
Anne's emotions are deep and complex, and I love reading Austen's books again and again to try and figure out her characters. Anne is one that will take a lot of rereading!

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Booksss14
May 01, 2017

I absolutely love Persuasion. I have read all of Jane Austen's completed novels and this is definitely one of my favorites (I love them all though). The characters are so lovable, the dialogue is perfect. Everything about this book is perfect! I love it. A must-read!

multcolib_dianaa Jan 28, 2015

This is such a lot of fun. It features a more adult (but no less thrilling) romance than Austen's other novels, the most enjoyably awful sisters and father that any main character could have, and one of the most compelling love letters in literary history.

At first blush this is a quite dull book: most of the romance occurs before it even begins, and is seemingly over by the first chapter. However, although there are a few bad narrative decisions it is as heartwarming as the rest of her novels, as notable, and as memorable. . . if only you persist.

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Love_Legolas_111
Jul 21, 2014

This is my first Jane Austen novel, and, to be honest, I chose it first because (1) it was on the shelf at my library and (2) it seemed the shortest. XD It took me a bit of time to get through it, but I really enjoyed it! It's such a wonderful story! Anne is a great heroine who is patient and quiet and very thoughtful, the reserved, sensible type, but she dares to hope that Captain Wentworth could still love her. After all, she's still in love with him, something she'll never get over. I love that. Captain Wentworth, although not the MAIN focus of the novel, is a good match for Anne and seems like a generally pleasing man. I don't know if we ever get a great physical description of him (what color his hair/eyes/skin is, exactly how tall he is, etc.), but that allows the reader to form their own conclusions about him. And anyway, personalities seem to be more important to Austen than looks. The romance was great and not over-played, and since I'm a sucker for happily ever afters that leave me smiling, it was a wonderful read. The supporting cast was great and varied; I especially liked how in the dialogue of Mary and Elizabeth, you can really contrast them with Anne and each other. I will be reading more Jane Austen for sure now. She's won me over.

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lledomik
Sep 23, 2013

Not the most famous of Austen's novels but a story I enjoy reading over and over. It shows the beauty of love sustained over time. I love the inner strength of the heroine.

bwortman Mar 28, 2013

Persuasion is rightly deemed the most romantic of Austen's novels. While her satire and sharp wit are still in evidence in her depictions of Anne's excessively vain father, her superficial older sister, and her attention-hog younger sister, among other characters and situations, it is the yearning of Anne for a romance that she realistically recognizes as impossible that is the heart of the novel. As the oldest of Austen's heroines at 28, Anne is sweet and a little naive, but ultimately sympathetic as she longs for the man she let go for all the right reasons. Notable for the most beautiful letter included in any of Austen's novels, this tale of a love thought lost is a thoroughly enjoyable read every time.

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hmcgivney
Dec 04, 2012

My favorite Austen novel. I love Anne Elliot.

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étoile
Apr 25, 2011

""I can no longer listen in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever...I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father`s house this evening, or never.

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lisahiggs
Aug 08, 2010

I could never doubt that you would be loved and sought by others, but I knew to a certainty that you had refused one man at least, of better pretensions than myself: and I could not help often saying, Was this for me?

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lisahiggs
Aug 08, 2010

On the contents of that letter depended all which this world could do for her!

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maacarrillo
Jul 23, 2013

it always fun to read a classic stories even if the ending is sad.

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