0421 | Persuasion | Jane Austen

0421 | Persuasion | Jane Austen post image

Context: Began listening to this as we were walking along the north Norfolk coast one day.

Well, having finished this, I’m persuaded that Austen is one of the most, if not the most, hyped authors of English literature. Yet again, we find a love triangle and, yet again, all’s well that ends well. There’s the town v country prejudice and the confused innocent (albeit not typically young) who is buffeted here and there by social convention and her elders and ‘betters.’ In short, it is hard to see how this, Austen’s last published novel, stands out from any of the others I’ve read.

According to Wikipedia, our foremost source of literary criticism, this is supposed to be “biting satire.” Er, no. Swift, who predates Austen by over 100 years, set that standard and she would undoubtedly have been familiar with his writings for inspiration in that department. In fact, there’s precious little here for those who appreciate satire.

I’ve now read Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and now this. Emma and Sense and Sensibility remain. I think I need some encouragement. So, if you are a fan of Austen for some reason, try to convince me why this or any of the others except P&P, should be included on a list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Having added this novel to my achievements, I myself remain very much UNpersuaded.

 

OPENING LINE

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 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.

99TH PAGE QUOTE

This far into the book, some of the plot might be revealed. If you want to see the quote, click show

CLOSING LINE

This might reveal the ending. If you want to see the quote, click show

RATING

0421 | Persuasion | Austen | 54% | Okay

Key: Legacy | Plot / toPic | Characterisation / faCts | Readability | Achievement | Style Read more about how I come up with my ratings

  • Irina August 7, 2013, 5:23 pm

    I’m convinced that Austen is just a very talented chick-lit author.

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