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Anna Massey Narrator. Richard S. Hartmetz Goodreads Author Editor. Maurgaux Motin Illustrator. Deidre Shauna Lynch Introduction. Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy.
The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate.
All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love? Jane Austen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory, 2 inches square. Readers of Persuasion will discover that neither her skill for delicate, ironic observations on social custom, love, and marriage nor her ability to apply a sharp focus lens to English manners and morals has deserted her in her final finished work. Get A Copy.
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Historical fiction is when an author writes about a historical period in the past, ie Philippa Gregory writing in about the Tudors. You can't just classify every book written before as historical fiction. Drishti My two favourite are Emma and Persuasion. Emma is hilarious and my favourite heroine , and it's one of her most sophisticated work. It's been frequen …more My two favourite are Emma and Persuasion.
It's been frequently described as a "perfect novel". Persuasion is very romantic in the literary sense. It's also one of her most sophisticated work. Those two are my least favourite. I enjoy them but they're incomparable to Emma and Persuasion. See all 17 questions about Persuasion…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Persuasion.
Mar 31, Ted rated it it was amazing Shelves: great-books. One of the major sources of contention and strife in my marriage is the disagreement between my wife and me over what is the best Jane Austen novel yes, we are both more than a bit geekish in our love of words and literature--our second biggest ongoing quarrel is about the merits of the serial comma.
For my money, there are three of Austen's six finished novels that one can make a good argument for being her "best": "Pride and Prejudice" the popular choice, and my wife's "Emma" the educated One of the major sources of contention and strife in my marriage is the disagreement between my wife and me over what is the best Jane Austen novel yes, we are both more than a bit geekish in our love of words and literature--our second biggest ongoing quarrel is about the merits of the serial comma.
For my money, there are three of Austen's six finished novels that one can make a good argument for being her "best": "Pride and Prejudice" the popular choice, and my wife's "Emma" the educated choice--most lit profs go with this one "Persuasion" the truly refined choice Harrold Bloom in "The Western Canon" calls it perhaps a "perfect novel," and while I disagree with some of his interpretations of the characters yes, blasphemy, I know , I wholeheartedly concur with his overal assessment.
While all of Austen's novels are generally comic, "Persuasion" is the most nuanced. It's been described as "autumnal" and that word suits it. There's a bittersweetness to it that you just don't get in Austen's other work.
The novel it comes closest to in terms of character and plot is probably one of her earliest novels "Sense and Sensibility. In fact, she's dangerously close to being "over the hill" at the age of 27!
Love has passed her by, apparently. But unlike Eleanor, who one always feels will muddle through even if she ends up disappointed in affairs of the heart, there's something more dramatically at stake with Anne. She is in great danger of ceasing to exist, not physically, but socially. When we meet her, she's barely there at all. Although a woman of strong feelings, she is ignored and literally overlooked by most of the other characters.
In the universe of Austen's novels, the individual doesn't truly exist unless connected with the social world, and while Anne has a stoic strength, we understand that she is in some senses doomed if things don't change for her. This is where we see what the mature Austen can do with a character type that she couldn't when she was younger.
This edition also has the original ending of the novel included as an appendix, which gives us a rare and fascinating look in to Austen as a technical artist. I read this novel as an undergraduate, and have reread it several times since.
I even took the novel with me to Bath on a trip to England, and spent a wonderful summer evening reading it while sitting in Sidney Gardens, across the street from one of the homes Austen lived in during her time in Bath, listening to Mozart's Piano Concerto It's one of my favorite memories. More than any other of her novels, "Persuasion" shows how Austen dealt with profound existential questions within the confines of her deceptively limited setting and cast of characters.
Those who think Austen is simply a highbrow precursor to contemporary romance novels or social comedies are missing the colossal depth of thought that is beneath the surface of any of her novels, this one most of all.
Austen is nearly unique in the history of the novel for the consistency of her excellence. While most novelists have a clear masterpiece that stands out among their work, and usually a fairly sizable number of works that are adequate but not enduring, all of Austen's novels stand up to repeated readings and deserve a wide audience among today's readers.
Having said that, "Persuasion" is simply the best of the best. View all 45 comments. Shelves: best-of , favourite-author , glorious , lie-back-and-think-of-england , favourite-characters , i-have-loved-you-forever , was-not-annoyed-by-the-englishness.
I want to share something with you. It's a long story and while it might initially seem irrelevant to this book, I assure you there is a point to it. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin. During the summer of my bestie and I were preparing to go to university. When it was time to move into our halls we had to hire read: my dad did a rental van to take our stuff - on account of my friend being entirely impractical and insisting on taking all of her shit.
So, on the weekend of said I want to share something with you. So, on the weekend of said move, my friend's older brother agreed to meet us there and help get us settled in. After a 5 hour drive it should've taken half that time but the sat nav lady was a bitch and fucked us over we arrived. I got out of the van and spotted my friend's brother. I halted momentarily in my haste to rush over and say hello when I caught sight of the man he was talking to.
Talking to my friend's brother was quite possibly the most beautiful man I had ever seen. He was much taller than me, lean muscled, with hair that refused to behave and rebelled against product by continuously flopping right onto his forehead despite his many frustrated attempts to brush his hair back with his hand.
To complete this look he was wearing the sexiest pair of geek glasses you could ever wish to see. I was an instantly smitten kitten. When I finally reached them the beautiful stranger turned his face in my direction.
Persuasion is the last novel fully completed by Jane Austen. It was published at the end of , six months after her death. The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second "bloom". The novel was well-received in the early 19th century. Its greater fame came later in the century and continued into the 20th and 21st centuries.
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