- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tiger Books; New edition edition (July 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1855012553
- ISBN-13: 978-1855012554
- Parcel Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 4.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
Sense and Sensibility Hardcover – Jul 1992
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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, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
Austen is the hot property of the entertainment world with new feature film versions of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility on the silver screen and Pride and Prejudice hitting the TV airwaves on PBS. Such high visibility will inevitably draw renewed interest in the original source materials. These new Modern Library editions offer quality hardcovers at affordable prices.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Although both sisters are struck with misfortunes in love, Elinor, the eldest sister seems to have a little more good sense and judgement in contrast to the wild hearted Marianne who falls fast in love and harder in heartbreak when things go awry. Their characteristics make for a fun read as you can easily relate and connect to at least one of the sisters.
Let’s not forget to talk about the men in the book. Austen makes it fabulously easy to fall in love with them just like the sisters have, I thoroughly enjoyed creating in my mind these dreamy studs that swept the girls off their feet! However, as the story unravels you quickly turn against them as we discover their true motives and dishonesty.
The book keeps you wrapped up right until the end as you have no idea what is going to happen, and to whom each girl is going to end up married to (if anyone)!
If you love reading classics and have yet to read this one I would highly recommend it. I made sure to take my time as the writing style is obviously old fashioned and harder to navigate, but it was very much worth the extra time.
If written today this book would qualify as chic-lit, so if you are not into boys wooing girls, girls being jealous, and boys misleading girls you may not enjoy this book very much. On the surface that is how I perceived this book and it most certainly wouldn’t be one that I would pick up if written in 2017. However, I appreciated the historical factors in this book not just the literature itself but reading about how they lived back then really fascinates me and was well worth the read alone.
I will most definitely be reading the rest of Jane Austen’s books!
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