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Persuasion (1817)

by Jane Austen

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    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (carlym)
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    Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (Shuffy2)
    Shuffy2: In addition to North and South by Gaskell, Wives and Daughters is another great read for people who love Austen's Persusion and Sense and Sensibility!
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    The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery (allisongryski)
    allisongryski: This is by no means an obvious recommendation. However, the quality of writing and something of the heroines' characters is similar. The heroines of these two books are both under-appreciated members of their families, who are thought beyond any chance of marriage. They are both forced by circumstance to find courage that they didn't know they possessed and they are rewarded with eventual happiness.… (more)
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    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Anonymous user)
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    Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange (mzackin)
    mzackin: This is the story of persuasion told from the other side. It is very well written and stays true to the story, even quoting lines from Austen.
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    The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Slow, languid stories about regret and life choices not understood until they've passed by.
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    The Old House at Railes by Mary Emily Pearce (sferguson)
    sferguson: A great book that will be enjoyed by those who are interested in a bit of non-standard romance.
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    The Course of Honour by Lindsey Davis (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Mature lovers who find that time brings them together and push them apart over the course of many years.
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    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding (spygirl)
    spygirl: Helen Fielding's first novel Bridget Jones's Diary was a remake of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is a remake of Austen's Persuasion.
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This is my first Jane Austen... and my idea of "romance" (viz. parallel mental torture, silly beating around the bush on both parties ending in "oh hai thar we mirror each others affections!" amidst so much other STUFF going on)... What an avalanche of minutiae! What a tug-of-the-heart-strings there be among it all!

11/10

Would willingly be "tranquilised" again!

Hoho.

Full review pending... perhaps. ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
Another Austen classic that ends as it starts yet manages to keep the reader enthralled... if you can understand the 19th century vernacular.
After a second read-through, I have come to better appreciate Austen's wit and satire. Anne is her highest social protagonist, and the least silly of them all, and her observations, actions, and interactions with her silly family members really cast a light on her opinion of the gentry that are so obsessed with class, rank, and social prowess that they lose sight of important things like quality of friendships and character. This is truly a work of art from Austen. ( )
1 vote J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
Non so se è noto a tutti ma Persuasione fu l’ultimo libro scritto da Jane Austen prima di morire.

Lo stile è immancabilmente diverso dal brioso e ironico “Orgoglio e Pregiudizio” ma non per questo meno bello e soprattutto che mostra tutta la maturità e la pacatezza di una donna che ha ormai, sorpassati i turbolenti anni della giovinezza, trova nella saggezza dettata dall’età la sua forza.

La protagonista, Anne, è una creatura buona, delicata, pacifica ma non per questo debole come si potrebbe credere inizialmente.

All’inizio del racconto scopriamo che, privata dalla madre a causa di una morte prematura di questa, vive a casa con il solo padre e le due sorelle, di cui è la mezzana. Dire che Anne è un fantasma in quella casa è poco.

Né il padre, vanesio e pieno di boria, né la sorella maggiore Elizabeth prestano interesse o attenzione ad Anne, mentre la sorella minore, Mary, sposatasi presto ha ben presto abbandonato la casa natale.

Anne, da parte sua, si adatta con indolente tranquillità a essere snobbata dalla famiglia e questo sinceramente in un primo momento è stato piuttosto frustante dal mio punto di vista.

L’unica che sembra vedere la grande forza di Anne è Lady Russell che, affiancata dallo sdegnoso padre, la convince a non portare avanti il fidanzamento con Frederick.

Anne, nei suoi 19 anni, è ancora insicura e giovane per opporsi realmente al volere e ai consigli del suo mentore e, credendo in meglio, l’asseconda, ferendo tremendamente il cuore del suo fidanzato.

Otto anni dopo Anne è ancora la giovane mite ragazza di allora ma sembra come spenta e rassegnata mentre il suo cuore ancora non si è realmente sanato dalla ferita che la separazione dal suo Wentworth le ha inflitto. Ferita voluta visto che la decisione di assecondare Lady Russell è stata sua ma non per questo meno dolorosa.

La giovane Anne, nonostante la consapevolezza della felicità perduta, non priva rancore per nessuno e comprende lucidamente di aver davvero seguito un consiglio che le era stato dato per il suo bene e che, incredibile ma vero, questo aveva fatto bene a tutti e due.

La certezza l’avrà quando Frederick tonerà a far parte della sua vita da uomo realizzato e Capitano come le aveva predetto nell’euforia giovanile otto anni prima.

È il cognato del affittuario di suo padre che, costretto ad abbandonare la sua casa per motivi economici, si era trovato costretto a cederla in affitto all’ammiraglio Croft.

Il cuore di Anne è in trepidazione per l’arrivo di Frederick. Non sa se temere o ambire l’incontro con il suo ex fidanzato, ma vedere l’astio e l’indifferenza nei suoi occhi quando finalmente (o purtroppo accade) la ferisce dolorosamente.

Frederick cerca moglie e per lei non c’è spazio. Gli anni li hanno mutati e della giovane donna che aveva fatto battere il cuore al Capitano non è rimasto più molto, arresa com’era al suo destino.

L’esito del romanzo sembra scontato. Anne con la sua dolcezza e carattere sottomesso non sembra intenzionata a mostrare a Frederick alcun sentimento né vuole conservare nel cuore alcuna speranza, lei è il passato e sembra intenzionata a non far alcunché per cambiare le cose.

Ed è a questo punto che l’autrice ci mostra davvero la grandezza di questa “eroina” dai modi gentili e dal cuore grande.

Anne, tranquillamente, continuerà a fare la sua vita allontanandosi piano piano dall’ombra soffocante del padre e della sorella maggiore tornado, di fatto, a vivere.

Improvvisamente gli uomini sembrano tornare ad interessarsi a lei e alla sua incredibile dolce forza che sembra l’unico appiglio nei momenti critici. Nessun panico, solo una calma e delicata determinazione che la porta a sopportare i momenti di stress e a rendersi utile.

Acqua. Anne è simile all’acqua fresca di un ruscello di campagna. Apparentemente insignificante ma delicata, fresca e in grado di scavare nella roccia, se necessario.

Un’eroina diversa dal solito e che, superficialmente, può apparire inutile e debole. Questo è Anne Elliot, figlia della penna di una grande autrice come Jane Austen.

Articolo Completo:http://sognandoleggendo.net/blog/?p=1259 ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Although I enjoyed Persuasion, it's not my favorite Jane Austen novel. I really love Pride and Prejudice and I just don't think Persuasion had the same wittiness nor was it as engaging as Pride and Prejudice. ( )
  jthao_02 | May 18, 2017 |
Wiltshire--Modern Interpretations; Lane--Regency Life; Sanderson-Geographical Settings; Ross-A Modern Perspective
  Buttercup25 | May 17, 2017 |
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L'occasion de s'attacher aux amours empêchées d'une héroïne tout sauf résignée.
added by miniwark | editTélérama, Nathalie Crom (Jul 9, 2011)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Austen, Janeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alfsen, MereteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beer, GillianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bloom, AmyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Zordo, OrnellaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fantaccini, FiorenzoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harding, D. W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lane, MaggiePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reichel, GiselaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reilly, JamesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, JosephinePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanderson, CarolinePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scacchi, GretaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spacks, Patricia Ann MeyerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomson, HughIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tysdahl, BjørnAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisser, Susan OstrovIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiltshire, JohnForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch-hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs, changed naturally into pity and contempt.
On 8 August 1815, English newspapers took note of the departure for Saint Helena of HMS Northumberland and, with it, a prisoner. (Introduction)
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She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.
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Anne Elliott, bullied or ignored by her father and sisters, relinquished her hopes of love when she was forced to reject Captain Wentworth. Now, years later, they meet again: he, prosperous and eligible, scarcely recognises the faded pretty woman. And she stays quietly in the background as he courts the lively and affectionate Louisa Musgrove. So why, when she joins her family in Bath, does Anne hesitate over the eminently suitable addresses paid to her by a distant cousin? And why does Captian Wentworth appear there too? While Jane Austen is here as quick as ever to ridicule self-importance, self-interest and cold-heartedness, while she tellingly contrasts the icy snobbery of the Elliots with the openness and warmth of Wentworth's naval friends, this novel has a tenderness and gravity which makes it unique among her works.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0141439688, Paperback)

Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey.

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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 La.… (more)

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