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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park [Kindle Edition]

Jane Austen
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 502 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0543954439
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083Z4RNU
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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions. It was initially rejected by the published she submitted it too and eventually published in 1813 after much revision.

All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It'sJane Austen, but not as we know it. 26 May 2003
Many associate Jane Austen with lively, witty heroines and the joys that come from the triumph of charm and humour over stupidity and formality. That's why so many consider Mansfield Park an abberation, a miserable moralistic tale that is only enlivened by funny caricatures and some entertaining episodes. I disagree with this view. In this book, Jane Austen is showing us that while humour and personality can animate and delight us, there are other things that should not be overlooked. Things like love, respect and integrity. And when Fanny "wins" in the end, I am glad for her. She has been true to what she believes, and while she would probably be as much fun to be with as a pile of paving slabs, she did well to keep her head, "when all about [her] were losing theirs." It goes without saying that the book is a masterpiece, and not one word of it is wasted. It is bursting with incisive - if not cheeky - observations of the strange workings of society (then AND now), and we are allowed many laughs at the expense of all of the characters. Don't be dismayed by this story, or become one of those who likes to "pretend" that Mary Crawford is the real heroine of the book because she is prettier and funnier and sometimes kind. She's a nasty piece of work. Trust the author about this one; she knew what she was writing, and she knew that life just doesn't turn out to be "Pride and Prejudice" for everyone.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I adore audio books and always have one playing away in my car during my commute to work; -- so when I went hunting to purchase a new unabridged audio edition on CD of Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, I was quite surprised to learn that my choices were very few at exactly two; a Blackstone AudioBooks, Inc (2008) read by Johanna Ward and a Naxos AudioBooks (2007) read by Juliet Stevenson. My first choice was of course the Juliet Stevenson version, for what Janeite could ever forget her outrageous performance as Mrs. Elton in the 1996 movie adaptation of Emma? My abject apologies to Johanna Ward, who I am sure must be a very fine reader since she has several audio books to her credit, but the thought of listening to Mansfield Park read by Mrs. Elton just intrigued me and gave me the giggles. If anyone could liven up Mansfield Park, reputed to be Jane Austen's most complex and dark novel, she could!

Being a reader for an audio book is not an easy task since so many different `performances' are required to distinguish each of the characters for the listener. I have found through a course of trial and error that I enjoy audio books read by classically trained actors. Juliet Stevenson fills this qualification perfectly for me using every inch of her Royal Shakespearean Company training. Her understanding of Jane Austen's use of language and her true British accent added greatly to my enjoyment of this fine production.

Naxos AudioBooks has made quite a solid commitment to present quality productions of all of Jane Austen's six major novels in unabridged and abridged formats.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Mansfield Park, although certainly regarded as a part of the canon of English literature, is often considered to be the weakest, least dazzling of Austen's novels. Without the witty sparkle of Pride and Prejudice or the gothic indulgence of Northanger Abbey, it has struggled at time to match the popularity of her other titles. But oh, what a treat those who pass over Mansfield Park are missing. Certainly, it is the most disturbing and perhaps the least superficially pleasing of Austen's output but it has rewards aplenty for the careful reader.

Mansfield Park, home of the affluent Bertram family, takes in a young poor relation with the overt intention of giving her the advantages of a good education and good connections while preserving her sense of gratitude and subservience. Fanny, the haplessly lucky chosen beneficiary of such benevolence is uprooted from friends, home, family and all that it familiar to take up residence in the grand house with her grand relations. Austen sets Fanny up as the heroine, designed to evoke the sympathy of the reader: this is a challenge for a modern audience, many of whom will find her weak and too self-deprecating to be genuinely engaging. And similarly, the sins and deficiencies in disposition and feeling with which Austen gifts brother and sister, Mary and Henry Crawford, may seem not so damning today as Austen intended. This however, does little to detract from the overall value of the novel itself. The relationship between the Bertram family and its colonial role (their wealth derives from sugar plantations in Antigua) is only hinted at overtly, but beautifully explored through the metaphorical position of Mansfield as the centre of all that is English.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Austen's darkest and most critical novel. 13 Jun 1999
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Far more than beautifully written Mills and Boon "Mansfield Park", Austen's darkest novel cuts to the heart of the self-indulgent and hypocritical world which she herself inhabits. The story centre's around the "soft light eyes of Fanny Price the perfect antidote to Austen's witty and outgoing Emma's and Elizabeth Bennetts. Fanny's strength comes from her unshiftable morals. She prevails because she endures, ultimately making Mansfield her true home. What drives the novel is Austen's disgust at the vain and self-indulgent hypocricy surrounding the society she inhabits whilst simultaneously fearing the fall into the doldrums of Portsmouth which terrifies her due to its total immorality. "Mansfield Park, might have some pains, Portsmouth could have no pleasures."
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Published 2 days ago by Sue Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story.
Still as good a read as it must have been when first published. Thoroughly enjoyable and the quaintness only added to the beauty of the piece.
Published 16 days ago by M. Mcleish
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Was hesitant about reading Jane Austin after being 'force fed' her decades ago. I needn't have worried: once I got used to a style that is a bit wordier and an action that is... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Waxwing
5.0 out of 5 stars Better the third time round!
I read this at school and then again some years later. Now, even more years later, I am reading it for a third time but with much greater enjoyment, thanks to the excellent... Read more
Published 21 days ago by S.R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased that I stuck with it
Its a window into another era, I found it well written. I am glad that I stuck with it. Jane Austen is a must!
Published 1 month ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Jane Austen read
I have read all of her books, but not for a while, so am enjoying it afresh. It has a good plot, as well as giving an insight to peoples expectations and female limitations in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dushy
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Pride and Prejudice
I hadn't read Mansfield Park before and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It seemed to me to be better written than Pride and Prejudice, with a story that was more interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Valerie Worrall
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GOOD DVD
If you like watching all the Jane Austen and Bronte adaptations, you will like this one too, very enjoyable. Part of a boxed set well worth buying.
Published 1 month ago by lucydognumber1
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Jane's best
A bit of a struggle this one - not one of Jane Austen's best, but still worth reading! (the book is much better than the DVD versions!)
Published 1 month ago by Helen Hollick
5.0 out of 5 stars A view of different worlds.
Out of all Jane Austen's novels Mansfield Park is perhaps the most historical in its references to the slave trade and Sir Thomas's sugar plantation in the West Indies. Read more
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