Review of Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Review: This was the first of Austen’s books that I had ever read, and I read it for a class in college. I know, I’m very behind. But since reading Persuasion, which I loved, I have found a retelling of it in modern times and loved it too.

Anyway, I was a huge fan of Anne and Captain Wentworth’s tension that they had going on between them. I just kept saying “You both still love each other! Be together!,” and all that. But, they had this way of looking at each other, then catching the other looking at them. I mean who doesn’t love those longing looks and the cold shoulder from Wentworth (at first)? Just from reading about these longing looks, which were so sweet but also sad (cause they were not together and some other stuff). I still can’t wait to watch one of the movie adaptions and see how they portrayed all these looks.

Apparently, my copy of Persuasion has the two different endings. I liked both, but the first and original was my favorite. Where Wentworth sets down a letter for her to read and leaves, then she runs after him (swoon). I’m still not over Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne, hands down my favorite part of the book. Wow, what is with me and loving the letters that the heroes write to their loves in Austen’s book ?

I loved that the Austen book club gave me another good reason to reread Persuasion, and I can’t wait till I get to read it again!

Favorite quote(s):

Anne did not wish for more of such looks and speeches. His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than any thing. 

He gave her a momentary glance,-a glance of brightness, which seemed to say, “That man is struck with you,-and even I, at this moment, see something like Anne Elliot again.”

not merely by friendship and regard, but by the tenderness of the past; yes, some share of the tenderness of the past. She could not contemplate the change as implying less.-He must love her.

Captain Wentworth’s pen ceased to move, his head was raised, pausing, listening, and he turned round the next instant to give a look- one quick, conscious look at her.

We certainly do not forget you, so soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit.

When I yielded, I thought it was to duty; but no duty could be called in aid here. In marrying a man indifferent to me, all risk would have been incurred, and all duty violated.

 I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than women, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.

Would I? Reread? Yes, I would live to read it again-many times. Recommend to others? Yes. Read more from this author? Yes, I still have a few more of her novels to read.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Paperback, Norton Critical Editions, Second Edition, 334 pages.

Classic. Romance. Fiction. Adult. Contemporary. 

Published March 29th 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company.

Summary: “Backgrounds and Contexts” collects contemporary assessments of Jane Austen as well as materials relating to the social issues of the day. Included are an excerpt from William Hayley’s 1785 “Essay on Old Maids”; Austen’s letters to Fanny Knight, which reveal her skepticism about marriage as the key to happiness; Henry Austen’s memorial tribute to his famous sister; assessments by nineteenth-century critics Julia Kavanagh and Goldwin Smith, who viewed Austen as an unassuming, sheltered, and “feminine” rural writer; and the perspective of Austen’s biographer, Geraldine Edith Mitten.

The Second Edition emphasizes current critical scholarship, reflecting enormous shifts in our comprehension of Austen’s achievement and opening the door to new ways of thinking about Persuasion and its author. For the first time, we can think complexly about Austen living through the Napoleonic Wars on the Continent and experiencing their political repercussions at home–the same as everyone else in England at that time. Four new essays–by Linda Bree, Sidney Gottlieb, John Wiltshire, and David Monaghan–speak to these new perspectives; those by Gottlieb and Monaghan expand the conversation into film adaptations of the novel.

A Chronology of Austen’s life and work, new to the Second Edition, is included along with an updated Selected Bibliography.

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