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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Large Print Ed edition (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140623485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140623482
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.7 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Austen (1775-1817) was extremely modest about her own genius but has become one of English literature's most famous women writers. She is also the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey.


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By A Customer on 24 Jan. 1999
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A Cinderella story from the pen of one of England's finest. Anne is saddled with a father whose ego is the size of a small caribbean island and two sisters whom you will certainly love to hate. Elizabeth makes her father look modest, whilst Mary possesses all the sense and sensitivity of Sir Toby Belch. The fairy godmother figure(her deceased mother's best friend)has unfortunately made a singular error - she advised the youthful Anne against marrying a certain Captain many years ago and as a result our heroine was persuaded to let the love of her life slip through her fingers. Now perched firmly on the shelf, Anne finds herself unexpectedly swept back into company with her erstwhile lover. No longer so young & blooming herself, Anne suffers the mortification of watching him courting another girl and knowing that she has nobody but herself to blame. Enter another suitor, stage left - will Anne allow herself to be swept away by this new charmer? Will her father realise that beauty is only skin deep? Will Mary's long-suffering husband try strangling his dreadful spouse? Will Elizabeth win herself a husband? Enjoy.
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Less well-known than "Emma", "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility", this is an absolute gem of a novel, and my favourite of all of Jane Austen's works. It has all the flair and comic brio of her other, more celebrated work, but a sadness and delicacy of tone that elevates it to a different level. Anne is a magnificent character, with an intelligence steeped in experience coupled with a good and true heart, and is at the centre of a novel that offers absolutely everything that you could wish for in a novel. Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
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I know most people like P&P best, but if you're a Jane Austen fan, or just someone who's seen the ever popular film adaptations of her work, I think you'll find this one a real page turner. With the speed of a more contemporary romance, it rollicks and flows through one drama after the next, all with miss Austen's incomparable wit and vivacity. If you are sticking to the more popular titles only (Pride & Prej and Emma) then expand your horizons and fall in love with these characters. Great, great read.
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"Persuasion" is a great literary work and, to my mind, Jane Austen's finest book. This was her final completed novel before her death, and was published posthumously. As is often the case with Ms. Austen's fiction, "Persuasion" deals with the social issues of the time and paints a fascinating portrait of Regency England, especially when dealing with the class system. Rigid social barriers existed - and everyone wanted to marry "up" to a higher station - and, of course, into wealth. This is also a very poignant and passionate story of love, disappointment, loss and redemption. The point Austen makes here, is that one should not ever be persuaded to abandon core values and beliefs, especially for ignoble goals. There are consequences, always.
Sir Walter Elliot, Lord of Kellynch Hall, is an extravagant, self-aggrandizing snob, and a bit of a dandy to boot. He has been a widower for many years and spends money beyond his means to increase his social stature. His eldest daughter, upon whom he dotes, is as conceited and spoiled as he is. The youngest daughter, Anne, is an intelligent, sensitive, capable, and unassuming woman in her late twenties when the story opens. She had been quite pretty at one time, but life's disappointments have taken their toll and her looks are fading. She and her sister are both spinsters. Anne had once been very much in love with a young, and as yet untried, navel officer. A woman who had been a close friend to Anne's mother, persuaded Anne to "break the connection," convincing her that she could make a much better match. After much consideration, Anne did not follow her heart or her better instincts, and she and her young officer, Frederick Wentworth, separated. She has never again found the mutual love or companionship that she had with him.
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By Stracs VINE VOICE on 10 April 2012
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I suspect your favourite Austen depends to a significant degree what stage of your life you are at when you read it. For me, Persuasion is my favourite, and I no coincidence that I read it at the age of 30. I love Pride and Prejudice, but for me the youthful, vibrant young women on the brink of life no longer seem so relevant to my life. Anne Elliot, however, seems so much more real and relevent.

Anne is the most mature of Austen's heroines, one who is well set up in life (financially and socially) but thinks life has passed her by and she is destined for spinsterhood. And then we see Anne's safe, familiar world turned upside down when Captain Wentworth, a former suitor and the love of her life, returns on the scene. He has not come to rekindle the relationship. He is still badly emotionally bruised and resentful at how Anne rejected him at the instigation of her friend Lady Russell. Anne saw her error long ago and greatly regrets her actions, although she has come to accept them and feels she was justified in her actions. How these two navigate these complicated emotions when forced into each other's society is fascinating to read. Of course we know how the story will end but we still feel and can reognise Anne's anxiety along the way, and get caught up in wishing the couple would reunite.

Wentworth doesn't quite live up to Darcy in the romantic hero stakes - I still maintain my literary crush on Darcy - but he is still a very appealing character. The letter which he writes Anne declaring his feelings is one of the most powerful declarations of love in literature in my opinion. It actually made my heart beat a bit faster reading it - oh to be written a letter like that!!
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