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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility [Kindle Edition]

Jane Austen
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Though not the first novel she wrote, Sense and Sensibility was the first Jane Austen published. Though she initially called it Elinor and Marianne, Austen jettisoned both the title and the epistolary mode in which it was originally written, but kept the essential theme: the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason. The story revolves around the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Whereas the former is a sensible, rational creature, her younger sister is wildly romantic--a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion. Commenting on Edward Ferrars, a potential suitor for Elinor's hand, Marianne admits that while she "loves him tenderly", she finds him disappointing as a possible lover for her sister:
Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat. To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!
Soon, however, Marianne meets a man who measures up to her ideal: Mr Willoughby, a new neighbour. So swept away by passion is Marianne that her behaviour begins to border on the scandalous. Then Willoughby abandons her; meanwhile, Elinor's growing affection for Edward suffers a check when he admits he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart. misfortunes and the lessons they draw before coming finally to the requisite happy ending forms the heart of the novel. Though Marianne's disregard for social conventions and willingness to consider the world well-lost for love may appeal to modern readers, it is Elinor whom Austen herself most evidently admired; a truly happy marriage, she shows us, exists only where sense and sensibility meet and mix in proper measure. --Alix Wilber,


"As nearly flawless as any fiction could be." --Eudora Welty

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450517226
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SXB498
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and magnificent 15 Mar 2005
By jfp2006
While the various cinema and television dramatisations of her books have deservedly contributed to making Jane Austen known and loved beyond the study of her writing in the classroom, it would be a shame to settle for the adaptations and never read those exquisitely written novels.
I have just reread "Sense and Sensibility" and have once again marvelled at the absolute masterliness of Jane Austen's depiction of human feelings, hesitations and dilemmas. Young ladies in 2005 may not make their emotional choices in the same way as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood had to do two hundred years ago, but few contemporary writers show the complexity of emotional relationships with the same precision and insight as Jane Austen. Then as now, the most irresistible men on the surface turn out, like Willougby, to be the most unsuitable ones when you get to know them (and that doesn't make them any less irresistible...); then as now, parents (Mrs Frears) tend to be domineering and unbearable, and yet a part of the equation to be reckoned with; then as now, it may be a good idea to realise that people are very often less predictable than they at first seemed...
But then - and very often not now... - there was the way Jane Austen plotted it all out and honed her sentences like chisels, so that the novel begs to be read aloud.
As of course it would have been once. For those who never have, time to switch off the TV and launch into Jane Austen. Start with this one; take sides with Marianne and with Elinor, marvel at how comic characters like jovial Mrs Jennings and bimbo-ish, semi-literate Lucy Steele remind you of people still very much at large today. Then treat yourself to the even more wonderful "Pride and Prejudice". And then all the others. And bemoan the fact there are only six of them (plus a couple of bits...) And then start all over again.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sense dictates you buy this CD 27 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a short review of the product not the book.

It is superbly read by Ms Stevenson (as in her reading of "Persuasion") - once more every word and inflection counts. The characters - well or less ably drawn - live. Miss Austen's often stringent wit comes through repeatedly, as does her understanding of her gender. I can't think of a better way to make a series of long car journeys a delightful prospect!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duty and desire 9 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent pocket sized edition of Jane Austen's first novel. The type is clear and a reasonable size and the book is nicely produced with an interesting introduction.

Elinor and Marianne are good examples of how two sisters can be completely different in character and temperament. Elinor is the sensible cautious sister and Marianne the romantic and sensitive one who delights in wild landscapes and feeling heartbroken or elated. I always love the way both sisters deal with adversity. Elinor seeks to keep her feelings to herself and to find occupations to take her mind of what has happened; Marianne wallows in disappointment and doesn't try to overcome her feelings. There are parallels to be drawn here with modern society which encourages people to let their feelings all `hang out' and with say the 1950s where there was more emphasis on duty, putting others first and dealing with your own disappointments.

As ever Jane Austen's dialogue and descriptions delight the reader. There are comic and serious characters; the good natured Mrs Jennings and the unpleasant Mrs Ferrars; the reliable and thoughtful Colonel Brandon and the completely unreliable John Willoughby. While not the most popular of Austen's novels it is still very readable and a delight to anyone who loves her work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 3 Jan 2010
What can I say, a great classic (my favourite!) and it looks and feels amazing with the new cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 29 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Intially, I wasn't that impressed with Julie Christie's reading of Sense and Sensibility. It was sometimes harsh to listen to and unsubtle, but as it progressed Christie improved greatly. It is abridged and runs over 6 cds. It is a lovely cd to listen to, and of a great novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For me, anything Jane Austen is just great 19 Nov 2006
This is my second favourite Jane Austen's novel after Pride and Prejudice. As usual, i find Jane Austen's style amazing, I loved many characters in the book specially Marian, i always found something charming about this girl much more charming than her sister..Her emotions are very deep, she loves deeply, grieves deeply, even her prejudice is deep. I felt very sorry for her for even though she married but it seemed to me like she will never love anyone like she loved willoughby. I first read this book in 2000, i read it again last year and i enjoyed it as if i was reading it for the first time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Edition 29 Nov 2011
By Clem N.
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a review of this particular edition of Sense and Sensibility for Kindle, since reviews of the book are easy enough to find.

I was looking for an unabridged version of Sense and Sensibility, that had even margins on each side of the text and that was nicely formatted. This edition delivered everything I wanted, including nice simple formatting that is easy to follow (it almost has a vintage feel to it) and chapters that start on a new page, with the added bonus of wonderful illustrations throughout the book (one of two per chapter -- enough to enjoy, but not so many it's distracting). I loved reading this edition and would highly recommend it.

My only complaint is that I can't buy Persuiasion in the same edition.
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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.
Published 11 days ago by Raver
1.0 out of 5 stars Not listenable
So sorry, this is not the fault of the vendor, but mine. I should have researched it more. Was really looking forward to listening to this, don't need to read it, I have all of the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by G. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars jane austen at her best
A wonderful love story that translates to modern day. Sisters that have to cope with family tragedy but finally find happiness
Published 17 days ago by Mrs. Gail Mathie
3.0 out of 5 stars old fashioned love story
as always, old fashioned love story for which Jane Austen is known. In its genre, she is probably the best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by laros76
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Standard paperback version of this popular novel, in good condition and just what was needed to complete collection of Austen's works
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Sheila D. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Jane Austen books
I love the whole atmosphere that this book gives to the reader the characters are so clearly described one can really experience the kind of existance women had at that time.
Published 1 month ago by patricia reeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen at her best
Revisiting this was like revisiting an old friend. It was good to immerse oneself in the twists and turns of the lives of the characters. Enchanting
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Maureen Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read with intersting illustrations
I love Jane Austen's books and re-read her novels fairly frequently. My rating is not so much for the novel as for the illustrations, which are interesting and attractive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eclectic music lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Sense and Sensubilty by Joanna Trollope.
I thought it was an enjoyable read and a great way of getting non Austen readers into reading Austen novels. They could and probably will go on to read the real thing thereafter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sally
5.0 out of 5 stars "If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy"
Sense and Sensibility is without doubt one of my favourite books of all time. Forgetting that it was written by a woman in a time when men dominated in every way Sense and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rosemarie
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