Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend La.
Authors: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
Statement of Responsibility: Jane Austen ; edited with an introduction and notes by Gillian Beer
Title: Persuasion
Publisher: London ;, New York :, Penguin Books,, 2003
Characteristics: xxxvii, 250 p. ;,20 cm.
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Report This Sep 23, 2013
  • lledomik rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not the most famous of Austen's novels but a story I enjoy reading over and over. It shows the beauty of love sustained over time. I love the inner strength of the heroine.

Report This Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Persuasion is rightly deemed the most romantic of Austen's novels. While her satire and sharp wit are still in evidence in her depictions of Anne's excessively vain father, her superficial older sister, and her attention-hog younger sister, among other characters and situations, it is the yearning of Anne for a romance that she realistically recognizes as impossible that is the heart of the novel. As the oldest of Austen's heroines at 28, Anne is sweet and a little naive, but ultimately sympathetic as she longs for the man she let go for all the right reasons. Notable for the most beautiful letter included in any of Austen's novels, this tale of a love thought lost is a thoroughly enjoyable read every time.

Report This Dec 04, 2012
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite Austen novel. I love Anne Elliot.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • weysan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful. Anne Elliot's journey was more important than the answers she found. :)

Report This Apr 03, 2012
  • aampersand rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The language is simply stunning, though the run-on sentences slow it down quite a bit and for most people it's a drag to get through, though for me it was a treat. Most people complain of it being a slow read, because it only really picks up in the last 20 pages. Much of the book's beauty is in what it implies, and doesn't have written out explicitly.

better than P and P....:)

Report This May 30, 2011
  • vchuynh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Oddly enough is my favourite Jane Austen novel. Definitely worth reading, a good story!

Report This Jan 27, 2011
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Re-reading these with my daughter I was amazed how often we laughed out loud. An example from Emma:" A young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of"

Report This Nov 26, 2010
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Poor Anne Elliot! Against her better judgement she is persuaded to give up the man she loves, move to a place she doesn't like, visit a sister that treats her like dirt, and be preyed upon by her cousin. And just when she thought it couldn't get any worse, she comes face to face with the fact she may lose her love forever.

Report This Sep 04, 2010
  • ser_library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

more than a love story and extremely well written

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Report This Apr 25, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

""I can no longer listen in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever...I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father`s house this evening, or never.

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  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I could never doubt that you would be loved and sought by others, but I knew to a certainty that you had refused one man at least, of better pretensions than myself: and I could not help often saying, Was this for me?

Report This Aug 08, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

On the contents of that letter depended all which this world could do for her!


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