Sense and Sensibility

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

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Authors: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
Statement of Responsibility: Jane Austen ; edited with an introduction by Ros Ballaster, with the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner
Title: Sense and sensibility
Publisher: London :, Penguin,, 2003
Characteristics: xxxv, 409 p. ;,20 cm.
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Report This Apr 13, 2014
  • sofa2001 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

First Jane Austen book I've read. It's long and boring, but I find the situation comical. Elinor's and Marianne's beaux seem to have other beaux, and you just have to wait and find out what happens!

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  • Agent13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the first Austen book I've read. It came across, at first, as a soap opera written in a flowerly, pretentious manner. However, upon second thought, Austen's feminine "sense" comes through in the story of the Dashwood sisters and how they, in the final analysis, better all those in their social circle. Her writing style does take some time getting used to, though.

Report This Jun 23, 2012
  • TKasongo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A true classic! It's just sad about Willoughby and Marianne :( I watched the movie afterwards and they just took out some characters; like one of the Steele sisters and Lady Middleton and her kids!

Report This Jun 01, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My personal least favorite Jane Austen, it is still 5 stars. Jane Austen's worst (and I don't really think of it that way, it is only my taste in question) is among the best written in the English language.

Report This May 15, 2012
  • Piemanthe3rd rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm generally doubtful about the quality of so-called "literary classics" as it often seems to me that people tout about how amazing they are and sing praises about them all the way to high heaven, when in reality the books only really important quality is that it is famous for being a literary classic. It's like the Kardashian's, or Paris Hilton: Famous for being famous, and people seem to love them though others don't quite know why. That being said, I give these classics a chance, and Sense and Sensibility is one such novel I gave a chance to. I have to say, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. It began a tad slow, but by the middle I was enjoying myself a great deal. I saw where the story was going, and thought it might end one way that would have left me entirely satisfied... and then it didn't. Instead it went completely cliche and ended with a "But then everyone realized their true feelings for everyone finally and they all got married!" kind of ending you expect from a high school roman novel, not a classic that some people feel supports early femminist ideas. So to sum up, pretty good book, but the ending ruins it.

Report This Oct 01, 2011
  • Veepea rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One of my least favourite Jane Austen books, along with Emma. I couldn't relate well to the characters, and I never like it when one of the heroines ends up with someone old enough to be her father. Why couldn't he have married their mother who was closer to his age? She needs love, too!

Report This Jan 30, 2011
  • lisahiggs rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Elinor (the sense) and Edward love each other while Colonel Brandon loves Marianne (the sensibility). Since all of Elinor and Edward’s interactions happen before the novel opens, you have to take Elinor’s word for it. You certainly can’t go by Edward’s actions, since he is almost never around – and when he is, he is engaged to Lucy. Whenever Colonel Brandon visits the Dashwoods, he spends all his time with Elinor, not Marianne; and whenever Elinor speaks of Colonel Brandon it is with more fondness than she displays towards anyone else, including Edward. Yet somehow Elinor and Edward marry, and so do Marianne and Colonel Brandon. Didn’t see that coming.

Report This Jan 05, 2011
  • Noco5 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Slow to start off but gets really interesting after!

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  • GuyN rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Like a German verb*, Austen's wit often comes, barbed, almost hidden, near the tail of the sentence. "He was giving orders...finally arranged (the toothpick cases) by his own inventive fancy...to imprint on Elinor the remembrance of a person and face, of strong, natural, sterling insignificance, though adorned in the first style of fashion." She almost seems to be politely complimenting a character until she cracks the whip and delivers the withering, almost snarky, blow. "Sterling insignificance" indeed! Published in 1811, S&S is arguably the first modern psychological novel (OK, I hear the French cry, "La Princesse de Cleves" or "Manon Lescaut", so you can have your own opinion.) *"Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth." - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain

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  • crystal_dark rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”


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