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Persuasion (original 1817; edition 2003)

by Jane Austen, Gillian Beer

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Title:Persuasion
Authors:Jane Austen
Other authors:Gillian Beer
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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    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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    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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Read through dailylit.com and kept clicking the "send next installment" over and over--was supposed to take 6 weeks (I think) instead I read it in two days. ( )
  twileteyes | Feb 4, 2016 |
Why people insist on claiming Pride and Prejudice is Austen's finest work is beyond me. Persuasion, people. That is her best novel. And, not that this adds validity to that statement (well, maybe it does, a little), Mr. Darcy has got nothing on Captain Wentworth. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 1, 2016 |
Has Austen always been so biting? This quietly caustic novel casts barbs at the foibles of the Elliot family, their passivity and tendency to be led astray - persuaded, if you will - from common sense and general decency. The centre of the reader's attention - but not of any other character's -, is Anne, unloved and unappreciated, who was advised out of her one chance at removing those un-s in a romance ruthlessly described as Half the sum of attraction, on either side, might have been enough, for he had nothing to do, and she had hardly anybody to love..

Despite the love story being a focal point of the novel, the potential couple almost never interact. Instead, we are delightfully privy to many of Anne's internal observations on the conduct of herself and those around her; I enjoyed her meditations on feelings of hypocrisy and her imagined conversations in situations where she feels herself wronged or justified by an external event. The other characters all provide good fodder for amusing authorial quips and minor mysteries as befit a Victorian novel, with the most villainous surely being the minor Mrs Smith née Hamilton, encouraging a marriage to a highly unsuitable man for her personal vengeance and gain.

The novel is remarkable in its unremarkableness - the protagonist is not distinguished in any way, the romance is not an intimate or passionate affair, nor are the other characters particularly saintly nor despicable. It even provided me with a somewhat philosophical idea that an advice is not correct or incorrect in itself but that once given, it should be obeyed and any other action would be incorrect in the strife it causes between the advice seeker and the advice dispenser. Recommended for ages twenty-seven and above. ( )
  kitzyl | Jan 31, 2016 |
Tied for my favourite Austen ever. The quiet, musing nature of the novel - less starkly sarcastic than either Pride and Prejudice or Emma, less knowingly silly than either Northanger Abbey or Sense and Sensibility, yet much less maudlin than Mansfield Park (which I don't like much). I have a soft spot for her characters who care so deeply about doing the Right Thing (for better, or more often, for worse - Eleanor, Anne, and Charlotte all suffer greatly in the name of propriety) and I like the surrounding characters a lot in this (in the sense that I think they're good characters). It's on my reread pile. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Jan 30, 2016 |
Tied for my favourite Austen ever. The quiet, musing nature of the novel - less starkly sarcastic than either Pride and Prejudice or Emma, less knowingly silly than either Northanger Abbey or Sense and Sensibility, yet much less maudlin than Mansfield Park (which I don't like much). I have a soft spot for her characters who care so deeply about doing the Right Thing (for better, or more often, for worse - Eleanor, Anne, and Charlotte all suffer greatly in the name of propriety) and I like the surrounding characters a lot in this (in the sense that I think they're good characters). It's on my reread pile. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
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L'occasion de s'attacher aux amours empêchées d'une héroïne tout sauf résignée.
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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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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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