Persuasion

December 23, 2008 at 9:39 pm 5 comments

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Anne Elliott has always been plain. She accepts that, and instead has focused on developing her character and improving her mind while her family (two sisters and a father) have concerned themselves with more childish worldy matters. As a result, Anne Elliott is really the only…more Persuasion is, in my opinion, arguably Jane Austen’s most clever book. There really isn’t much action and yet the story moves without flaw, slowly revealing a beautiful romance that on the swoon scale is easily a ten.

Anne Elliott has always been plain. She accepts that, and instead has focused on developing her character and improving her mind while her family (two sisters and a father) have concerned themselves with more childish worldy matters. As a result, Anne Elliott is really the only one in the family with good common sense.

This common sense is put to the test when Anne falls for and is admired in return by Mr. Wentworth (not yet Captain). She is persuaded, however that because her situation is much higher than his, that he is not worthy of her love. In short, she is persuaded against following the course that she knows is right.

Years pass, and the situation has been quite reversed. It is now Anne’s family that must restrain that gaudy life style, for fear of losing everything they possess. And Mr. Wentworth has become Captain Wentworth, a wealthy, handsome, and highly eligible bachelor. This is where Persuasion’s real story begins.

Can Captain Wentworth forgive Anne for being persuaded ten years ago? Or not? (*plays dramatic music here*)

I personally love Persuasion. I feel it’s a very delicately told novel that has immense truth within its pages. The characters of Anne and Captain Wentworth are incredibly complex, as well as their story. This for me was not a quick read, but it was definitely worth reading. If you’re prone to underlining text be prepared, there is a bounty of truly amazing quotes within this book.

My favorite:

“There they returned again into the past, more exquisitely happy, perhaps, in their re-union, than when it had been first projected; more tried, more fixed in a knowledge of each other’s character, truth, and attachment; more equal to act, more justified in acting.”

Persuasion easily deserves five stars, and I highly recommend it as well as I would Pride and Prejudice, or any of her other more famed novels.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maribeth  |  December 23, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    This was a great review!

    I want to read this. I sadly haven’t. πŸ˜›

  • 2. Danielle  |  December 23, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    You should. It’s really good πŸ˜€ And thanks.

  • 3. Leanna  |  December 23, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Ditto Maribeth. πŸ™‚

  • 4. cuileann  |  December 24, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Ah…yes, I love this one. πŸ™‚ Anne’s family cracks me up. Excellent review.

  • 5. Danielle  |  December 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Her family *is* hilarious πŸ˜‰

    And thanks guys πŸ˜€

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