- 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)
Persuasion Paperback – 2 Jul 2007
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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!!Read more ›
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This was a gorgeous novel that left me with a wistful smile on my face. Read more