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Another splendid Austen-novel,
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This review is from: Persuasion n/e (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Apart from Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon: WITH Lady Susan (Oxford World's Classics) I have now read all of Jane Austen's novels in close succession, and together with Emma (Oxford World's Classics) and Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics) this is the one I have enjoyed the most. I consider myself far too much of an 'Austen-novice' to enter into any discussion whether or not it is one of her 'best', they all have their merits and most of all: does it really matter which is 'best'?
As usual with Austen, the entire plot is built around a limited cast of characters and the beginning of the story is easily summarized: Anne Elliot is one of the three daughters of the impoverished but vain and haughty baronet Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall. Seven years before the action of the book is set, she broke of her engagement to captain Frederick Wentworth under pressure of her family, as Wentworth had no 'ancestry' nor fortune. Anne however has never ceased loving Wentworth, and then they encounter each other again when he comes back to England at the end of the Napoleonic wars, rich with prize money...
I will not spoilt the (immense) fun of the rest of the story by giving away what happens next and how the story ends for Anne and Frederick, but let me assure you it is a splendid and moving story indeed, with Anne as one of the most endearing characters I have ever met (I found myself rooting for her from page one). A terrific novel!