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Mansfield Park (original 1814; edition 2012)

by Jane Austen

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Title:Mansfield Park
Authors:Jane Austen
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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Tags:Fiction, English Fiction, Not in library, Borrowed from public library

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)

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    Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (Medellia)
    Medellia: Both books have sweet, shy, thoroughly virtuous protagonists, if you're a fan of that sort of character. (I am, and loved both novels!)
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    Lover's Vows (Dodo Press) by Mrs. Inchbald (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: The play they are rehearsing in Mansfield Park. Worth a quick skim.
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You can tell this novel was written by a woman because the flashy, supposedly charismatic, superficial suitor who represents the shallow, "worldly" option is short and the stolid, boring suitor who demonstrates our heroine's good sense and solid values in choosing a man for his moral character, just coincidentally happens to be tall.

Once you get over that though it's actually pretty good. I could have done with even more of the author talking shit about her characters (who are mostly realistically shallow and self-absorbed in the way that bad people actually are in real life) but what's there is frequently funny, and the protagonist is a very charming and likable figure (which is fortunate since we spend so much of the book in her head). ( )
  jhudsui | Dec 8, 2014 |
An enjoyable enough read, but lacking a little compared to my favourite Austen books. Fanny Price is sweet, but sanctimonious, but I have to say I related more to Mary Crawford and her lack of morals. Romances are always less fun when you're just not fussed if the two people in question actually get together in the end. ( )
  evilmoose | Nov 16, 2014 |
I must give much respect to this book, as it is rather a courageous effort by Ms Austen. However, there is one problem - depending on your perspective of course. The most interesting characters are the ones who Ms Austen suggests are behaving reprehensibly, and the heroes of the title are exceedingly dull for the most part. That said, they all show far more real character development than one might ordinarily see in an Austen title. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Nov 8, 2014 |
If this wasn't Austen, and as such peppered with her wonderful turn of phrase, I would probably have hated this. I can't stand a single one of these characters, particularly Fanny. I previously stated that I have a special love for Austen's self-sacrificing characters. Fanny goes too far in that regard. She's a sanctimonious little prig, and I hope she went on to lead a miserable life. ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
Not my favorite Jane Austen book. The heroine is too perfect and the characters are not as interesting and multidimensional as in other Jane Austen books. ( )
  KamGeb | Oct 5, 2014 |
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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.
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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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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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Fanny Price, a teenaged girl of low social rank brought up on her wealthy relatives' countryside estate, feels the sharp sting of rejection when her cousin Edmund, the only person who treats her as an equal, is won over by a flirtatious, exciting--and unprincipled--London girl.… (more)

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