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Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (original 1814; edition 2005)

by Jane Austen (Author)

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Title:Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Authors:Jane Austen (Author)
Info:Barnes & Noble Classics (2005), Edition: Barnes & Noble Classics Series, 464 pages
Collections:Kentucky
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, novel, british, 19c, comedy of manners, Austen

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)

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It just seemed to me that it was time to read some Jane Austen. The one of her works I know the least is Mansfield Park. And so, I picked it up. Austen, is a bit like Dickens, in that she never uses three words to describe something if twenty words would suffice perfectly well. So, the book is a bit wordy and perhaps a bit moralistic. But it's still a nice enough story.

One thing that rings out clearly from books like this is how inherited wealth creates a whole class of useless people. It's a pretty common, between-the-lines, theme of pre-Victorian and Victorian literature, because such books are full of useless people who think themselves of consequence merely by dint of their inheritances, not for any reasons of personal merit. And so it goes on today. Would that all inheritance above a certain level were essentially confiscated, our world would be a better place. But I digress.

This story relates the life on Fanny Price. She is the oldest daughter of one of three sisters, the black-sheep sister, so to speak. One of the other sisters, Mrs. Norris, an unmitigated busy body (like the cat of the same name in Harry Potter), decides that they should "do something" for their poor sister, and so convinces the third sister, the vapid and indolent Lady Bertran, to take Fanny into her household. There, Fanny is basically ignored or looked down upon by all, except for her cousin Edmund, the second son of the family, and thus the son who won't inherit anything of consequence.

So time goes on, Fanny grows up, her girl cousins grow up and start looking for husbands (that's what girls did in the olden days). Various vapid, indolent, and self-indulgent people wander through the scenes; a few earnest, good ones also. Things unfold and the good people live happily enough ever after, and the not-so good ones, fare less well.

I dunno, I can't do it justice. Although this isn't Jane Austen's best, it's good enough. Everyone should read it. If you really want to check the story out in depth without reading the story, head over to the Mansfield Park blog.

It always interests me how language changes. One of the young ladies in this book, Fanny Price, actually, goes to some social event and gets "knocked up". Literally, that's the phrase Austen uses to describe Fanny's exhaustion after the event. Now days, of course, if a young woman were "knocked up" at a social event, we'd think something entirely different. Kinda like Cole Porter's The Gay Divorcee — originally The Gay Divorce but they changed the name to get by movie censors — would have a completely different meaning (whatever it's titled) were it to have been written in the last ten years.
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  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
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  DanielSTJ | May 5, 2019 |
Surprisingly, the only Jane Austen book I'm not crazy about. It seemed to drag on forever and still ended with cousins getting married. Yeck. ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
I owe thanks to someone else that I approached this novel with the right perspective. Fanny Price is not a heroine. 'Mansfield Park' is concerned with her happiness and compares her, to her benefit, against the brighter lights of her family and their social circle, but she cannot be relied on until near the end of the novel to carry any real weight with the reader.

The broader scope of the novel is evident in small ways, only once did the narrator actually abandon Fanny, but because she views herself as so nonessential the circumstances of her cousins have center stage. The characters are masterfully drawn, of course, and just ridiculous enough to be drawn from life. I can put up with any amount of priggish moralizing from Fanny to read the narrator's opinion afterwards.

I had seen a film version of this before, but it had been so colorless I'd forgotten how everything panned out. Fanny Price is no 'Emma', there can be only one, but if anything, because of the very flawed nature of this family, the ending is all the sweeter. Happiness and prosperity all together. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
A master storyteller at the height of her powers with Mansfield Park the superior textual quality of Austen's writing and her skill at distilling what possesses the heart & mind of each of her characters whilst exploring societal issues of the era alongside gracefully set out background is apparent on every page.
My one reservation is this particular publication's really AWFUL Cover! ( )
  tommi180744 | Jan 19, 2019 |
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About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.
Mansfield Park is Jane Austen's most dramatic and disturbing work. (Introduction)
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But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.
It is Fanny that I think of all day and dream of all night.
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Adopted by the rich Bertrams, Fanny finds her bold cousins are daunting, her aunts and the remote Sir Thomas intimidating. Only thoughtful Edmund recognises her qualities and helps to improve her lot. But when the delightful Mr and Miss Crawford arrive to enliven the family group, even he dismisses Fanny's reservations. At first all is excitement and pleasure. Gradually, however, the effects of recklessness and selfishness accumulate. As Fanny's unswerving integrity and quiet strength become the support of the shattered family, she finds a happiness she could not have anticipated. While displaying the sparkle and clarity for which Jane Austen is renowned, the tone here is often sober and uncompromising. The issues of probity and responsibility are explored, alongside the often unhappy complexities of family life, in a considerable and profoundly satisfying novel.
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A maid of pure heart,
Enduring persecution,
Her wisdom triumphs.
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Though Jane Austen was writing at a time when Gothic potboilers such as Ann Ward Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho and Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto were all the rage, she never got carried away by romance in her own novels. In Austen's ordered world, the passions that ruled Gothic fiction would be horridly out of place; marriage was, first and foremost, a contract, the bedrock of polite society. Certain rules applied to who was eligible and who was not, how one courted and married and what one expected afterwards. To flout these rules was to tear at the basic fabric of society, and the consequences could be terrible. Each of the six novels she completed in her lifetime are, in effect, comic cautionary tales that end happily for those characters who play by the rules and badly for those who don't. In Mansfield Park, for example, Austen gives us Fanny Price, a poor young woman who has grown up in her wealthy relatives' household without ever being accepted as an equal. The only one who has truly been kind to Fanny is Edmund Bertram, the younger of the family's two sons.

Into this Cinderella existence comes Henry Crawford and his sister, Mary, who are visiting relatives in the neighborhood. Soon Mansfield Park is given over to all kinds of gaiety, including a daring interlude spent dabbling in theatricals. Young Edmund is smitten with Mary, and Henry Crawford woos Fanny. Yet these two charming, gifted, and attractive siblings gradually reveal themselves to be lacking in one essential Austenian quality: principle. Without good principles to temper passion, the results can be disastrous, and indeed, Mansfield Park is rife with adultery, betrayal, social ruin, and ruptured friendships. But this is a comedy, after all, so there is also a requisite happy ending and plenty of Austen's patented gentle satire along the way. Describing the switch in Edmund's affections from Mary to Fanny, she writes: "I purposely abstain from dates on this occasion, that everyone may be at liberty to fix their own, aware that the cure of unconquerable passions, and the transfer of unchanging attachments, must vary much as to time in different people." What does not vary is the pleasure with which new generations come to Jane Austen. --Alix Wilber

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