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Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion (original 1817; edition 2003)

by Jane Austen, Gillian Beer

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Authors:Jane Austen
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Info:London [u.a.] Penguin 2003
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Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817)

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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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    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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    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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4 stars

I made several attempts to read this one without success. I could never get past my extreme dislike of Anne Elliot’s ridiculous family. Kudos to Juliet Stevenson for helping me to see their irritating behavior as humorous satire. This book lacked much of the relationship tension that worked so well in her earlier books, but there were some fun scenes concerning the exaggerated health fears of some characters. Overall, the story still falls short of Austen’s earlier work, but I enjoyed having it read to me. ( )
  msjudy | Jun 27, 2016 |
I am starting to feel a bit sorry for Austen because it seems like she spent her whole life with her family and she was not very proud of them. With the possible exception of Cassandra (aka Jane in P&P) sisters in her novels are shallow self-centered brats. I'm also a bit sorry for myself because at this point I think no other novel by her will be as good as Pride and Prejudice. Here's hoping for S&S.

I kinda hoped Anne would be proven to be wrong about Mrs. Clay, why on earth should she be judged for wishing to marry a rich man and be accepted into society when she has NOTHING else to do with her life? Anne's supremely classist views (of course Mr. Elliot should care about his wife's class, not her or her own accomplishments, that's nuts!) are alright, while being interested in money is seen as crass, but Anne is notably not in any risk of being left almost peniless and being abandoned by all her acquaintances because she has no money (ie. Mrs Smith). It's so easy to judge people doing things for money when you needn't do a thing for yours.

Was also pretty annoyed at all the fainting/panicking ladies-who-were-not-sensible!Anne. And Lady Russell, who's almost never on screen and it's ultimately proven a bad judge of character. So... skirting Mary-Sueism there. Although after dragging through the beginning, the second half of the book was a good exciting romance and Wentworth's letter was awesome!

Regarding Anne, Elizabeth, Mary --> Are they named after the queens or the other way around? [hint: i'm too lazy to check the dates]

Or it is simply a case of the English being supremely boring in their naming practices? (Like, a character in this novel was complaining because there was two much variety because one of the girls was called Louisa! I mean, their social circles weren't that big and at some points I got confused because there were two minor characters named William.

http://readingz.livejournal.com/340325.html ( )
  askajnaiman | Jun 14, 2016 |
My favorite of the Jane Austen books! While Pride and Prejudice is perfectly wonderful, this one is just so much better for me. I love Anne and I love that she does get torn about a bit and is determined to not let people continue to get in her way.

Society can be cruel and wrong about what is good for people. This is Anne's lesson in that very thing. Very relate-able, even now. ( )
2 vote Calavari | Jun 7, 2016 |
The last Austen book published after she died. I've read all on the 1001 list. Austen's not my favorite author but they are not bad either. This is set mostly in Bath too. After the Napoleonic Wars and sailors are returning, some having made their fortune. Another story about matches for love or money and in some cases both. Austen books are supposedly more satire than romance. ( )
  Kristelh | May 23, 2016 |
I loved this book! Not that there's ever really any doubt with Austen - lady really knew how to put a story together!

This novel is about a spinster character (~30 years old) who carries the regret of having rejected a proposal from a poor member of the navy when she was younger, on the advice of her snobby narcissistic family - and who then is reintroduced to him as a wealthy and distinguished naval officer a decade later, when he's involved in courting a teenaged relative of hers. It's a fun one; you can kind of sense the direction the book will take but at the same time there are some good surprises and it's such a fun ride, you find yourself actively rooting for the outcome you know/hope will eventually arrive. Great airport read! ( )
  KLmesoftly | May 16, 2016 |
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L'occasion de s'attacher aux amours empêchées d'une héroïne tout sauf résignée.
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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
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)
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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