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Persuasion (Penguin Classics) (original 1817; edition 2003)

by Jane Austen, Gillian Beer (Editor)

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Title:Persuasion (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Jane Austen
Other authors:Gillian Beer (Editor)
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:England, fiction, romance

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Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817)

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  Saretta.L | Feb 7, 2015 |
This book was written approximately two hundred years ago and by one of the greatest authors in English literaure. And if people are reading it still it has to mean something. It delivers and is on the mark. Everything you expect from a classic is here - beautiful language, clear narrative, suspense and a feel of Victorian England.

A must read and a true classic. ( )
  mausergem | Jan 5, 2015 |
This will just always be my favorite -- bittersweet, and a hint of what could have come if only Austen had been with us longer. ( )
  Ferocity | Dec 29, 2014 |
Listened to this as an audiobook, and must say it is more difficult to listen compared to reading the text. If my mind wanders off, there's no going back a page or two. However, I enjoyed Karen Savage's reading; her voice is very suitable for reading Austen and very amiable to listen.
About the book itself; you got to love Jane Austen. I have nothing to add. ( )
  Iira | Dec 29, 2014 |
Anne Elliot is a sweet intelligent girl with a foolish vain father,a selfish witch of a sister,a married sister who thinks she is sick all the time and calls her to visit and take care of her all the time,her mother is died,she has a god-mother who loves her but doesn't understand her,a brokenheart because she was persuaded by her family to break off an engagement to the only man she ever loved because he didn't have enough money for her family,and now her family has fallen into debt and must rent the family home and move to Bath a town she hates.To top all this off the renters are the sister and brother-in-law of her ex-fiance who has come back form the war very rich.She is still in love with her ex-finance Captain Wentworth but does he still love her and if can he forgive her for breaking his heart?Persuasion is all about second changes and anyone who has gotten one will connect with Anne and Wentworth.The title has just as much to do with Anne not marrying Wentworth 8 years ago as it does with her trying to persuade herself she doesn't still love him and she will not think of him again.

Austen's most romantic work is my third favorite and her swan song.She died before it was published.Her favorite brother Henry published Persuasion along with her first finished but never published novel Northanger Abbey.Her last novel is one of her best and I can't help wishing that there had been many more. ( )
  thereadingrebel | Dec 22, 2014 |
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Austen, Janeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alfsen, MereteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beer, GillianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bloom, AmyIntroductionsecondary 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
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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.
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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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the isbn 0486295559 is associated withe Dover edition of persuasion, not the Norton Critical Edition
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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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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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