Mansfield Park Paperback
by Jane Austen
Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages, chronology, notes
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/02/2003
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141439808
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Review by rainbowdarling
For the length of this book, not much actually happened in the story. I liked some of the characters, though none was really very engaging and overall enjoyed the story but there seemed to be no spark in it. It lacked that special something that ramps a book from the ordinary to the pile of books to be read and re-read through the years. Not one of my favorite Austen novels.
Review by hrissliss
This is the third time I've read this, and I like it more each time. The first time, I hated it. Since, I've been trying to understand why (since I've liked/loved every other Austen novel I've read) and it's amazing, how Austen manages social critique without looking like that's what she's doing. I hesitated to label her subversive before (for her time period), but now...anyway, highly recommend. 9/10
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Review by marcyjill
I wasn't sure I was going to like Mansfield Park again at first. I read it some years ago and I remember liking it, but that was about all I remembered besides the name Fanny Price. Now that I've completed it I have to say I did enjoy it in the overall. I think it has most to do with Jane Austen's writing than anything, but after the first section, the story was quite absorbing.
Review by fleurdiabolique
I am honestly ambivalent about this book. The ending left me extremely dissatisfied; I was angry with the way things seemed to be going through much of the third volume, and the "solution" provided was far too sudden to be believable, nor was it itself satisfactory either; Fanny Price is easily one of the most obnoxious characters to read about that I've ever encountered; and the whole thing tended to reek a bit too often of stereotypical Victorian hyper-moral/sentimental sensibilities. And yet I was definitely emotionally involved, and never bored... An enigma of a reading experience. I strongly doubt I'll be going back through the novel again anytime soon in order to clarify my thoughts, however.
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