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Persuasion / A Memoir of Jane Austen (1817)

by Jane Austen

Other authors: James Edward Austen-Leigh

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Not an Austen fan, but I enjoyed the read thanks to the enjoyment of 1book140. The hypocrasy was finely mocked, as was ostentation and pretention. Should have read it when I was younger. ( )
  KymmAC | Jan 25, 2016 |
Jane Austen's last finished novel - I enjoyed it more than many of her other novels. The characters seem better developed, the story is a bit more complex, and I liked Anne, the heroine, far better than some of Austen's other main characters (Emma, for instance). ( )
  June6Bug | Dec 4, 2010 |
One of my favourite books of all time; on a recent re-read, probably one of the best stories ever written. Perhaps because Miss Austen knew she had not long to live, the writing is much more concentrated and swiftly paced; Emma seemed so long on re-reading that I began to lose interest in her and Mr K, and was bored stiff by Frank Churchill, Jane, and especially Harriet. The gradual changes in the feelings of Anne and Captain Wentworth are beautifully modulated. I kept finding myself about to weep, the writing is so moving. ( )
  PollyMoore3 | May 2, 2010 |
While other Austen novels concern first love, Persuasion is about second chances, and is a slighter darker, more adult affair than her other works. Yet like other Austen novels, nothing really happens in Persuasion, and yet the story is momentous. At once a satire of the confined world of early 19th century domesticity and comportment, the book is also a moving romance that still readily applies to anyone lucky enough to fall in love. This is the genius of Austen, to plumb the depths of our strongest emotions while seemingly remaining on the glittering surface of drawling room gossip. Austen is an unparallel stylist, her sentences wither and forgive her subjects with dazzling strokes. ( )
  aaronbaron | Apr 4, 2010 |
"You pierce my soul." Never was there a more romantic letter written. ( )
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Austen-Leigh, James Edwardsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harding, D. W.Editorsecondary 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 fe 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, as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century--and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed--this was the page at which the favourite volume always opened: Eilliot of Kellynch-hall.
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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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The romance between Captain Wentworth and Anne, the daughter of Sir Walter Elliot, is doomed because of the young man's family connections and lack of wealth, until he makes his fortune at sea and returns to claim her as his wife.

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