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Persuasion (Modern Library) [Hardcover]

Jane Austen
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30 Jun 1997 0679601910 978-0679601913 New edition
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Of all Jane Austen’s great and delightful novels, Persuasion is widely regarded as the most moving. It is the story of a second chance.

Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish, spendthrift Sir Walter Elliot, is a woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. When she was nineteen, she fell in love with–and was engaged to–a naval officer, the fearless and headstrong Captain Wentworth. But the young man had no fortune, and Anne allowed herself to be persuaded, against her profoundest instinct, to give him up.Now, at twenty-seven, and believing that she has lost her bloom, Anne is startled to learn that Captain Wentworth has returned to the neighborhood, a rich man and still unwed. Her never-diminished love is muffled by her pride. He seems cold and unforgiving. Even worse, he appears to be infatuated by the flighty and pretty Louisa Musgrove.

What happens as Anne and Wentworth are thrown together in the social world of Bath–and as an eager new suitor appears for Anne–is touchingly and wittily told in a masterpiece that is also one of the most entrancing novels in the English language.


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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; New edition edition (30 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679601910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679601913
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,641,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent introduction; a nicely laid out, affordable edition." --Tim Peltason, Wellesley College
--This text refers to the Leather Bound edition.

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Persuasion is the ultimate novel of love lost and regained. By turns achingly sad and intensely romantic, it's a Cinderella story for anyone who's ever felt overlooked - or anyone who's ever had their heart broken...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her greatest work 27 May 2003
By Lovborg
Format:Paperback
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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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delicately Wrought Autumn Minuet 3 July 2004
Format:Paperback
Like all of her novels, Jane Austen's PERSUASION is essentially a comedy of manners--a work in which the characters must negotiate a complex code of conduct in order to survive, much less achieve their ends. And in a certain sense the novel is indicative of Austen's great talent, razor sharp, laced with irony and wit, and remarkably phrased. And yet PERSUASION is quite unlike Austen's other novels in the story it tells.
Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot fell in love with a man named Wentworth. Her family and friends disdained the match, arguing that the man was below her in station and lacked any fortune with which to maintain Anne in her accustomed mode of life. Persuaded to reject him against her own will, Anne broke off the engagement--and thereafter found herself unable to love another even as she endured the follies of her father and two sisters. But Wentworth has returned, having made his name and fortune with the British navy, and it is now his turn to reject her.
Published in 1816, PERSUASION is the last novel Austen completed before her death a year later, and it is remarkable for a very autumnal tone. Unlike such Austen masterpieces as PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and EMMA, the herione is not a spirited, quickwitted young women on the verge of matrimony; the hero is not a dashing gentlemen of great estate; there is no verbal duel between the sexes. It is instead the story of a commonsense and pleasantly ordinary woman who considers herself past the likelihood of marriage--and who now wishes only to escape the emotional pain and humiliation visited upon her by a suitor from long ago.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jane Austen Masterpiece - My Favorite! 3 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
"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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unalloyed delight 24 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Austen novel in my opinion
This novel is the ultimate of this era of British classics. Ann is resigned to life as a single older woman as she hasn't married off in the given time period. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Jane Austin with a bit of a twist
I love all the classics and have read most of Jane Austin... this to me is slightly different and worth reading... nice and slow paced enjoyable read ... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic book
This book is excellent, you can not beat the old classics, well written and takes you back to the time. Fantastic read, you never get bored of re reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All her books are good (except Northanger Abbey)
Another good story and comment on society in her time - as most of her books are. Get lost in her books - they're worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ms Austen: aways a good read.
There's not much you can say for Ms Austen that hasn't been said is there? You either love her or don't... I do!
Published 14 days ago by Helen Hollick
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
A perfect end to Austen's legacy.. Heart warming in every aspect and a fantastic read for all who love love stories.
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It was just what I needed. Site was efficient and simple to acquire the product. It arrived safely and promptly, with regular emails detailing it's whereabouts.
Published 24 days ago by Me
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
same review for me as al Jane Austen books
not my genre, but in its genre she is one of the best
Published 1 month ago by laros76
4.0 out of 5 stars Persuasion is right
I did find this Jane Austen rather hard going after Pride and Prejudice but it must be said that her understanding of the human condition shows very well here.l
Published 1 month ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars What took me so long?
This is the first novel by Jane Austen that I have read and it was absolutely delightful. I love the way she writes; it does take some getting used to but after a while it just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
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