Friday, 16 September 2011

Persuasion by Jane Austen **Review**


Persuasion by Jane Austen
Series: None
Pages: 288
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release date: 27th March 2003
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Goodreads synopsis:
At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, "Persuasion" is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.


I have never been a fan of Austen. I have tried many times in the past to read her works, but have never succeeded in getting very far with any of them. However, both Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are on my reading list for university this year, and so I had no choice but to try again.

When I started Persuasion, I was still convinced of my earlier opinion of Austen's novels. It wasn't until I got a good way into the book, that I started to feel a little more 'at home' with the novel, its style and topics - once I'd passed this point, I began to enjoy the novel a little more than I expected to.
Although I found a lot of the characters irritating (particularly Sir Walter, who irritated me most when he spoke of the apparent number of ugly women in Bath and how difficult it was to see), I still managed to like some of the characters, which was also unexpected, considering my previous encounters with Austen.

I have rated Persuasion 3.5 stars - not because I particularly liked the novel, but because it was a lot more enjoyable than I had expected when I started it, and because by the end of the book, I actually wanted a happy ending for Captain Wentworth and Anne! A very surprising reception from me!


34 comments:

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Voguedotcom said...

I think you may be right, but I'm still not sure that I am compatible with Austen. But as something I had to read for University, it wasn't as bad as I thought!
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Rea said...

I've read both Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Persuasion didn't feel quite as well-plotted as P&P for me, but then Austen did write it while suffering from the illness that eventually killed her so that may have played a part in it.

I managed to ignore the father as a pretentious pig with more money than sense but both of the sisters really grated on me. Despite this, I still really enjoyed the story. =)

If you can't get into P&P I recommend watching the BBC version of it from 1995 with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle: they follow the book almost precisely and there are very few scenes that are left out!

Anonymous said...

Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel. I like it better than Pride and Prejudice because the story isn't kind of drag-gy.

Anonymous said...

I think I will find the same as you about this book. I've never been such a JA fan, tried to read other books by her and did not like them, but everybody says Persuasion is the best amongst her books, so, I'll give it a try, just like you did. Hope I enjoy the same - at least to be rated 3.5. =]

Vicky said...

I like Jane Austen but it IS hard to get into her stories, that's true. :) Pride and Prejudice is great! I haven't read this one yet but it's on my TBR list!

Sara said...

Oh, wow!! What a sad situation - missed opportunity. I hope they got to rekindle their love, but I guess I'd have to read it to find out.

marybelle said...

I am a fan of Jane Austen, but it's been a while since I read PERSUASION. I must pick it up again.

Oh! Paper Pages said...

Great review. Jane Austen is my favorite. I haven't read Persuasion in a long time. P&P is usually my go to Austen novel.

kimba88 said...

I love Jane..while this was not a personal favorite..i do love her work. Great review.

Mona said...

I have always wanted to read Austen but somehow never get around to it. There's been a surge of interest in her works as of late and many takes on her books and/or movies have been made. I have a lot of catching up to do.

desitheblonde said...

ilike the book i read it in when i was in school and would love to read again
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Christina said...

Austen is one of my favorites. Persuasion definitely does get off to a slower start than some of her others. With Austen, it's all in the fine details. She's very subtly hilarious, like Oscar Wilde in a petticoat.

Donna said...

Great review. I have long been a fan of Jane Austen and Persuasion is one of her best (IMO) however, you are right, it does get off to a slow start. I agree with your assessment of Sir Walter.

Eli Yanti said...

ouch.. never read any book of jane austen, maybe i should try to read like you ;)

Imel Cullen said...

great review^^ I love Jane Austen books^^

AmelArmeliana said...

Jane Austen is one of my favorite author ever. I have read all of her books (at leat her famous writings such as Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Emma and Mansfield Park). Persuasion is one of my favorite. I love how the story goes between Anne and Captain Wentworth.

Thank u for the review :)

Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay said...

I love Jane Austen... And you have dine a fitting review!

Stephanie said...

I have not read any Jane Austin books yet, but I want to try them out and this is one of them on the top of the list. I think it might be hard to get in to though!

Maya Floria Yasmin said...

i dont really like classic book :(

Febby Aurora said...

I always love Jane Austen's book, and I'm a huge fan of her. I really loves Pride and Prejudice, she is brilliant! I haven't read this one :/

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JessS said...

Aw I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it that much. I'm an Austen fan (though I will admit the first time I read one of her books it was a little hard), and Persuasion is one of my favourites! I really loved the story, and the ending.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Prejudice is my favourite Jane Austen novel! I think it's heads and shoulders over Pride and Prejudice, but doesn't get as much attention because it's more bittersweet.

I'm surprised to read that you've tried Austen before and didn't like her. Most readers seem to think she's the bees knees. I'll have to check your Review Catalogue for other Austen reviews, to see your perspective better. It should be interesting! =)

Aliaa El-Nashar said...

It's true that Jane Austen's books are very hard to get into, but once you do they're actually great. It took me 3 takes to read Pride and Prejudice, but now I love it.
There's the letter in the end of this book, the one he gives her while he's in a haste to leave, I found it so romantic!

Sandra said...

Persuasion is my favorite Austen book. I love my Wentworth! And his letter is to die for. Swoon.
Anne's father is an ass! Actually, Anne's entire family is terrible. I thought she was very deserving of happiness.

Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay said...

That's the thing with most of the classics... you need to take it slowly. I absolutely hated the first 3-4 I read. But going back to them now - I do not even know why I did not like them the first time around!

Savannah Miller said...

I just bought this book! Personally, I am a fan of Jane Austen, because I really like the old timey, clean romance sometimes. I figure, since you rated it a 3.5, and you don't even like Austen's works, I will probably enjoy this book very much! Thatnks for your review!

nurmawati djuhawan said...

i am a big fan of jane austen...but i think i love PRIDE & PREJUDICE and EMMA better than PERSUASION..
anyway...thx 4 the review :)

Aly said...

I haven't read this one, but I can understand how Jane Austen can be a little hard to get into :) I am happy that you gave it another try! I like your review.

Jaime Lester said...

I am 30 years old, and I feel really ashamed that I have never read Austen. Makes me feel bad, for some reason. I really should try. Maybe I will like it, at least a little bit. Well, wish me luck!

Irene Jennings said...

Jane Austen's maturity comes through in this novel. It's an excellent read and the characters are well done.

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Micaella Lopez said...

I loved Persuasion. It is a first rate Jane Austen novel. As it is written in a form of older English language some sentences require a second read for full comprehension. But all in all a very enjoyable read.

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