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Sense and Sensibility (1811)

by Jane Austen

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Published in 1811, Sense and Sensibility has delighted generations of readers with its masterfully crafted portrait of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Forced to leave their home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne must rely on making good marriages as their means of support. But unscrupulous cads, meddlesome matriarchs, and various guileless and artful women impinge on their chances for love and happiness. The novelist Elizabeth Bowen wrote, "The technique of ÝJane Austen's novels¨ is beyond praise....Her mastery of the art she chose, or that chose her, is complete." This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains a new Introduction by Pulitzer Prize finalist David Gates, in addition to new explanatory notes.… (more)
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Read this one for college, a couple years ago. OH, I wanted to like this one, and in a way I did. The return to the Cult of Manners is refreshing, as is watching our main character navigate it with flying colors to end up with the "sensible" man she'd wanted in the first place. But seeing her sister, the more emotional of the two meet such a sad end, really dampens things.
But, as always, be ready for some clever wit and downright acidic, sugar-coated backhands from the dialogue. This is Jane Austen afterall. ( )
  Ravenwoodwitch | May 2, 2022 |
Sagan snýst aðallega um vonbiðla og giftingu tveggja systra. Áhrifarík innsetning í aðstæður samfélags 18. aldar í Bretlandi. Frásagnarmátinn er aðallega í samræðuformi og heillaði mig lítt. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
3 1/2
Though not quite as enjoyable as Emma, I enjoyed Elinor and Marianne's exploration of love and life with their prospective suitors. ( )
  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
Don't know how I made it to grad school studying 19th-c Brit lit without ever reading Austen—should've done this a lot earlier. ( )
  becomingyolo | Mar 18, 2022 |
Worth the re-read though still not my favorite Jane Austen. I do love these sisters and their bond even if I’m not particularly a fan of their romantic options, this is one of those occasions where spinsterhood would have felt like a happier ending.

The pacing of this one is a struggle for me at times, not caring for the men definitely contributed to that since much of the story involves pining and heartbreak over unworthy guys and the lengthy chunks of speculation and explanations didn’t help either, it frequently feels more like it’s recapping events rather than being in the moment, which is maybe remnants of when Sense and Sensibility was originally conceived to be an epistolary novel?

Where this shines most is in its two heroines, their dimensional personalities, the way the title qualities apply to each of them to some degree and the fascinating differences in how each handles feeling jilted. ( )
  SJGirl | Mar 16, 2022 |
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Austen, Janeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alfsen, MereteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ballaster, RosEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boffito Serra, BeatriceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brotherus, AuneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chapman, R. W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Church, RichardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Citati, PietroIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doody, Margaret AnneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferrante, ElenaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibbons, StellaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hassall, JoanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lamont, ClaireEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Tanner, TonyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Trollope, JoannaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The family of Dashwood had been long settled in Sussex.
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Well, I am convinced that there is a vast deal of inconsistency in almost every human character.
... Marianne, who had the knack of finding her way in every house to the library, however it might be avoided by the family in general, soon procured herself a book.
People always live for ever when there is any annuity to be paid to them.
She had an excellent heart; -- her disposition was affectionate, and her feelings were strong; but she knew how to govern them: it was a knowledge which her mother had yet to learn, and which one of her sisters had resolved never to be taught.
His temper might perhaps be a little soured by finding, like many others of his sex, that through some unaccountable bias in favour of beauty, he was the husband of a very silly woman, - but she knew that this kind of blunder was too common for any sensible man to be lastingly hurt by it.
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Published in 1811, Sense and Sensibility has delighted generations of readers with its masterfully crafted portrait of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Forced to leave their home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne must rely on making good marriages as their means of support. But unscrupulous cads, meddlesome matriarchs, and various guileless and artful women impinge on their chances for love and happiness. The novelist Elizabeth Bowen wrote, "The technique of ÝJane Austen's novels¨ is beyond praise....Her mastery of the art she chose, or that chose her, is complete." This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains a new Introduction by Pulitzer Prize finalist David Gates, in addition to new explanatory notes.

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Jane Austen (I 775— I 8 I 7) imajo za eno največjih angleških pisateljic. Odlikuje Jo iskriv čut za družabno komedijo in bistro 01(0 za medsebojne človeške odnose, pri tem pa Je izvrstna slikarka družinskih ritualov in družabnih šeg svojega časa. V svojih romanih spretno prepleta Ijubezenska razmerja z dramo in družbeno satiro, njeni orisi pa presegajo vsakršen časovni okvir Zato ji še danes ne manjka bralcev, saj yse njene romane vVeliki Britaniji ponatiskujejo že ves as od njihovega prvega izida, niti gledalcev, saj so vsa njena literarna dela ekranizirali, nekatera celo večkrat.
Umirajoči Henry Dashwood mora po zakonu posest izročiti sinu iz prvega zakona Johnu in njegovi soprogi Fanny. Dashwoodova druga žena in njune tri hčere, EIinor Marianne in Margaret se tako znajdejo brez strehe nad glavo in s komaj dovolj denarja za preživetje. Rozsodnost In rahločutnost je predvsem pripoved o dveh sestrah: stvarni, a ironični Elinor in strastní ter samosvoji Marianne, o zapletenih zadevah njunega ljubezenskega življenja ter boju s siromaštvom. V angleški družbi s konca osemnajstega stoletja, kjer najbolj cenijo bogastvo in družbeni prestiž, so ženskam zaprte yse poti do intelekĹualne in materialne samostojnosti, zato je poroka edino jamstvo, da na stara eta ne bosta v breme sorodnikom, To je prví objavljeni (čeprav ne tudi najprej napisani) roman Jane Austen, tudi tu pa se v vsej moči kaže pisateljičin dar, da s svojim pisanjem bralca ne spustí iz klešč radovednosti.
Besedo na ovitku: Max Modic

VIRAGO EDITION:
Marianne Dashwood subscribes to the fashionable cult of sensibility. Ardently avowing every fluctuation of emotion, she despises discretion and reticence. Her elder sister Elinor, whose feelings are no less sincere, is far more prudent and considerate and when her love for the shy, quiet Edward Ferrars is betrayed, she is sustained by her own calm dignity. The impetuous Marianne, however, scorns any concealment of her adoration for the dashing Willoughby...
While giving a vivid portrayal of the society and manners of her time, both in the country and in London, Jane Austen's chief preoccupation, handled with sympathy as well as astringency, is the effect of differing ideals and expectatioins. Though she satirises Marianne's emotional excesses, she is even harder on hyprocisy, selfishness and mercenary snobbery, giving us merciless wit and a wonderful story.
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Elinor reasons,
Marianne catches a cold
And Lucy gets Bob.
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